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Old 10-24-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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chances of death wobble?

Im installing my 2" budget boost on Sunday and upgrading from my 31x10.5R15 to 33x10.5R15. What are the chances I have death wobble already and don't know it because of the smaller tires? Could the suspension already be worn out and the new tires will magnify it?

The jeep is a 99' with 31's never any upgrades to the suspension with 116k miles. an im going from the AT tire to a bfg MT are the tires going to be that much of a drastic change weight wise? its only 2 inches...

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Old 10-24-2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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Larger tires will magnify any existing condition you may already have. Going to 33's won't cause DW unless the tires or rims are bad. When you do the BB's you WILL have to realign the front end, which you can do at home (google it). Lastly, I would install the rims and tires first and go for a ride on the highway is no DW then install the bb, align it and go for another ride

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Old 10-24-2013, 06:49 PM   #3
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well im using my stock rims. I cant fit 33's with out the bb on so i cant check the tires. all i know is its tight with the setup i currently have on. just don't know once the larger tires go on my current rims if anything will turn up.
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If you have no death wobble now, simply raising it 2" and installing larger tires won't cause it. If you already have issues with your suspension components, larger tires will magnify it, but then, it should be addressed anyway. Death wobble is caused by worn out/loose parts, so if you have failing parts, you would want to deal with them, right?
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:02 PM   #5
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How wide are the tires gonna be? 12.5 rubbed with my stock rims. You may need spacers
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:04 PM   #6
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Have a reputable shop install the tires onto the rims and get them balanced. If everything in te front is tight then you shouldn't have any issues but you will need to do te alignment. You will know right away if you have DW, there is no mistaking it.... when it happens for the first time you swear you are about to die!
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:07 PM   #7
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Sounds good thanks guys
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:18 PM   #8
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I wont be getting the tires till next week can I drive it home from my friends after the install an let it sit till I get the tires then do the alignment?
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I wont be getting the tires till next week can I drive it home from my friends after the install an let it sit till I get the tires then do the alignment?
You can do the alignment yourself if you have a tape measure. Toe in is all you're going to have to worry about...Read this Basic Jeep Front End Alignment
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:53 AM   #10
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My answer to the dreaded "Dead Wobble" -

I have a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Limitted.
For the first 5 years, I never experienced the infamous Wobble.
After not using the vehicle for many months last year, on my first trip to a gas station I experienced it while driving around 50mph over some lump in the road.
The a couple of months later, it happened once more, same speed, other road and bump.
Doung research on it, consulting with a dealer, I never got a satisfactory answer to this problem.
This year, while driving across mountenous roads with lots of turns, bridges, road bumps, it happened 5 times in a row, always while goung around 50mph.
While driving through those mountains and reflecting on what happened the year before, I began to think the tires are involved in the cause of this problem. I had earlier completed a service and they did check the tires and pressue. The year before, I corrected the tire pressure at that gas station.
My tires are getting close to replacement, having 45k miles on them.
At the next gas fill, after two more wobble incidents, I checked the tire pressure and found the front tires to be a bit low at around 28psi.
I filled them to 32psi and while going across similar mountain roads I have not experienced this wobble for over 1000 miles of driving.

For me, there is strong emperical evidence that the tire softness contributes a lot to the start if the wobble. This will also stop me from putting winter tires under this vehicle. I will stick to the all season ones.

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