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Old 03-29-2008, 07:02 PM   #1
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It's been 2 1/2 weeks since my 2" lift and 32s on steelies. I've started noticing a steering wheel vibration between 45-50 mph. The vibration is pretty slight, but noticeable. I know, I know... But...After searching the forum (most of the day) it sounds like the likely cause is an out of balance wheel(s), although I had them balanced and had an alignment when I got them.

I know steelies are notorious for this. I'll start by getting them checked/rebalanced. Although I haven't had it offroad since the lift yet - I have whacked a few monster pot holes. I could have knocked it out of alignment or lost a weight I suppose.

My specific question is this - if I delay getting this fixed, or if the rebalance doesn't do it - what if any consequences to other parts could result as long as it doesn't get worse? (I'm sure this was also answered somewhere - but after reading about a hundred posts on this I couldn't find one - sorry)

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If not treated, bushings and ball joints can wear out causing more headaches. I suggest getting to it as soon as you can because something as little as an out of balance wheel can lead to death wobble, which you won't like at all.

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If not treated, bushings and ball joints can wear out causing more headaches. I suggest getting to it as soon as you can because something as little as an out of balance wheel can lead to death wobble, which you won't like at all.
Okay thanks. Not a good time to be a procrastinator. I reposted this in TJ forum.
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If you can't get to a tire shop in the next week I wouldn't worry too much... but if put off for too long other things will start to wear prematurely.
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Should he try to get look for a shop with a better balancer. I know with my MX5 wheel balance means everything. I've had to go to a shop with a Hunter RoadForce balancer, and insist they had to be nearly perfect. They just kept rotating the tire around in relationship to the rim. They balanced all four without using any weight. If they were balanced this well, I would get some vibration.
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yup, MX5s need some good balancing otherwise they shake all over the road left and right.

as for ur jeep tires, i'd go to those guys that did the alignment and tell them they must have not put the weights right because your tires are out of balance.

My guess is one of the weights must have come off and ur tire is not balanced now.
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vibration update

I can't explain it - maybe someone else can - but today I had no vibrations at any speed. It's been doing it between 45-50 for at least three days prior to today. I guess I'll wait and see what tomorrow brings. Weird.
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mine does the same thing...steering wheels shakes back and forth a bit at that speed...balanced the tires and it helped tremendously...still there very very slightly but i think it could be gone if the tires were perfectly balanced
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Dragging this old post up again. Ive had the wheel shake around 40-45 mph now for about 8 months. Sometimes it shakes bad, then its gone other times. I might drive it 5 times, no shake, then drive it again for a week and it shakes. It did it with black steelies and it does it with my new tires. Had the tires rebalanced, new steering stabilizer, new shocks. cant figure it out. Sometimes I want to junk it. Also, cant drive it over 68 mph on the highway.
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I fought that problem for months with my alloys and bfg at's. the tire shop blamed the alignment shop and vise-versa. then they both blamed the wheels. went scorched earth on the issue and bought set of steelies and MT's and no more problemos. Go figure.
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Many times its the rim thats bent or out of round so even when the tire is balanced its still out of round so it shakes.
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I can't explain it - maybe someone else can - but today I had no vibrations at any speed. It's been doing it between 45-50 for at least three days prior to today. I guess I'll wait and see what tomorrow brings. Weird.
Are you sure it's not a drive-line vibration?

I get a small vibe in the 40-45 MPH range and then it goes away...very subtle if I'm in the gas under heavy acceleration but more noticeable under light pedal. It used to be much worse until I added some washers to the T-Case drop kit and now it's basically gone.

I know it's not the front end cause I just had 2 new tires put on, balanced and an alignment done....
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Are you sure it's not a drive-line vibration?

I get a small vibe in the 40-45 MPH range and then it goes away...very subtle if I'm in the gas under heavy acceleration but more noticeable under light pedal. It used to be much worse until I added some washers to the T-Case drop kit and now it's basically gone.

I know it's not the front end cause I just had 2 new tires put on, balanced and an alignment done....

Thats what Im still going through. Im about to junk this Jeep its making me so mad
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Are you sure it's not a drive-line vibration?
It could be. I based my assumption of an out of balance wheel on past posts I read.

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I get a small vibe in the 40-45 MPH range and then it goes away...very subtle if I'm in the gas under heavy acceleration but more noticeable under light pedal.
Sounds exactly like my vibe.

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It used to be much worse until I added some washers to the T-Case drop kit and now it's basically gone.
I didn't think I would need to drop the t-case though since mine is an LJ. I'll be rotating the tires soon and I'll have the balance checked then. If that doesn't help, I'll drop the t-case I guess.
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mines does it also.. its the wheels. after I got new crager steelies.. witht he oem alloy and same tires it was fine.. I checked the wheels itself without tires on a balancer and found them .5oz out brand new. the welds are shitty and cheap. and so is the price. you get what you pay for I guess.. and the wheels itself were also slightly out of round.

As mentioned I have it also but, its nothing to worry about.. I am more concerned with my harmonic vibe from my driveshaft, after an sye and new DC shaft,....
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mines does it also.. its the wheels. after I got new crager steelies.. witht he oem alloy and same tires it was fine.. I checked the wheels itself without tires on a balancer and found them .5oz out brand new. the welds are shitty and cheap. and so is the price. you get what you pay for I guess.. and the wheels itself were also slightly out of round.

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I have the Pro Comp Rock Crawler Soft 8s which are supposed to be better quality than the Cragers - thus more $$. Guess not.
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probably made from 1 distributer... they are all the same.. save up for some alloy.. tough decision for me,, wheels or bumper.
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I have the Pro Comp Rock Crawler Soft 8s which are supposed to be better quality than the Cragers - thus more $$. Guess not.
That's what I have and what I went to as described in my post above. I do think they are of better quality than cragars (and I've had both) I actually removed the OE Alloys and AT's and installed ProComp Soft 8 steelies and 33" MT's and solved the whole vibe/wobble issue immediately.

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