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Old 04-27-2009, 06:05 PM   #1
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Do all lifted Jeeps drive this bad???

Let me be clear up front: THIS IS NOT MY JEEP, I DO NOT OWN IT. I did buy a Wrangler that I'm picking up tonight, but it's a totally stock 2006 Unlimited. I drove this orange Jeep before deciding on the one I purchased.
During my test drive of the orange Jeep, I was bounced all over the road and experienced what I believe was the "death wobble". The first thing I noticed was that while driving straight down the road, the steering wheel was turned like I was making a left hand turn. Second of all at 50 - 60 mph, it shook like crazy. Lastly, while riding down a slightly bumpy road, it felt like the Jeep was creeping (vibrating) into the other lane (oncoming traffic). My question is do all lifted Jeeps drive this bad (I can't imagine they do)?

I don't know how high it's lifted, but it has 35 inch tires. Thanks.
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thats because lifted orange jeeps are the devil. Believe me, I know first hand.

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No, but many with cheaper lift kits do. The driveability issues associated with the cheap kits can always be ironed out though.
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thats because lifted orange jeeps are the devil. Believe me, I know first hand.
Hah! I thought of you as I was typing my response.
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...My question is do all lifted Jeeps drive this bad?
No.
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:17 PM   #6
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They all drive like that if they are not set up correctly when lifted. Mine used to drive like that untill I bought my SYE/CV driveshaft, OME shocks, and got a proper alignment done.

A lifted jeep will drive differant than a stock jeep, due to changed in the suspension angles, but there are many things that can be done to counter act this.
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first things first, it obviously needs an alignment pretty bad from what you said about the steering wheel. Im sure that would clear a lot of the problems.
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:31 PM   #8
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the 50-60 vibration that you felt is because it needs a cv drive shaft instead of the tcase drop kit thats on it. it needs an alignment, BAD, and that will cure alot of the steering problems. it bounced alot because that thing has like 6-7" of lift that looks like all suspension with a short arm lift and im sure the shocks are way to stiff. if you go that high you really need a long arm lift so that it wont ride like that and shock valving is key, cheap shocks just dont cut it.
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:35 AM   #9
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thats because lifted orange jeeps are the devil. Believe me, I know first hand.
Must have been a production issue with orange jeeps. You had/have the same problem.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:34 AM   #10
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thats because lifted orange jeeps are the devil. Believe me, I know first hand.
Here is one that is not realy truely devlish and it is Orange.

This Babe in a place called UAE

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first things first, it obviously needs an alignment pretty bad from what you said about the steering wheel. Im sure that would clear a lot of the problems.
Not necessarily...it might just need a drop pitman arm to correct the steering wheel.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:17 PM   #12
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Mine Drives bad to !!!!

Mine is 2002 TJ Wrangler 4" lift, new tires, new everything. Just realigned!!!! Still drives like crap!!! Is anybody from Greensboro, nc ? I need help!!!!
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Do you have a SYE and CV driveshaft? If not those would help to clear up any vibrations you have if vibes are coming from the rear.

I had a 3" lift installed last week as well as the SYE and Tom Wood driveshaft. I did the front alignment myself (having never done it before) and found it pretty easy. From the shop it was toe'd in an inch. After doing the alignment it is about an 1/8th of an inch and is fine on the highway up to 75. No noticable wobble or vibes. Bit more noise, but that is something that needs getting used to as I am not used to the mud terrains.

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