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Old 09-10-2013, 08:01 PM   #1
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time to replace my hub, what to get

Hey all I recently replaced my U joints with spicer hd ones.. well worth it, dramatic difference sitting side by side and once installed my jeep feels "tight" now when driving, but while taking out the hub,noticed it has alot of play. so I have to replace them. I have 4 brand new 31x10.5x15 wrangler authority a/t waiting to be put on. and before I put them on, I want to replace the hubs, any suggestions looking for Heavy Duty, as I i do go on alot of trails but also my DD and gets on high way, want to get rid of my
death wobble at 50mph. here is what im looking at.. yeah or nay


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Old 09-10-2013, 10:50 PM   #2
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I've been through the same thing recently... I highly recommend looking up 'Planman's video on checking the front end steering components. A multi-pronged approach with replacing a bad hub bearing, and all tie rod ends with better components is what solved my issues.

As for brands, I've heard that Timken is the brand to look for in hub parts. I personally chose a Moog, because I could source it locally. The Moog part looked very good compared to the house brand, and comes with a decent warranty (don't remember it off the top of my head). The common recommendation is to find a Timken though. That was the result of my searches.

But yeah as for the 'death wobble' if it is more of a 'shimmy' and not a violent upheaval of your front end, you're more than likely looking at Tie rod ends, that shaky hub and once you've got everything fixed - a new steering stabilizer. If it IS a violent upheaval of the front end, you're going to want to check the track bar, check the bushing and TRE on it, (if yours has one, some aftermarket track bars have johnny joints and etc). Check the sticky 'death wobble' thread if you've got a violent wobble that you have to nearly stop to cure. If it's just a vibration at 50+, definitely check those components mentioned. Also verify that your shocks are good - worn out shocks can allow your suspension to continually bounce without the dampener effect keeping your springs calm which can there in turn trigger vibration from the steering worn steering components.

Definitely look into the Tie rod ends, for sure. Grab some channel lock pliers, and grab them on the top and bottom squeeze and look for up and down play. Any up and down play is bad news. You don't want that stuff coming apart while you're on a trail, or worse driving down the highway.

Good luck tracking down your shimmy - there are millions of other things that it 'could' be. Driveline angles and the like... I'm just sharing what helped in my experience. It can be frustrating for sure. Another thing I should mention is that you definitely want to verify each time you make a change that the vibration you're experiencing hasn't caused wear in other components. When I first started having issues with my 'shimmy' I checked the TREs and they seemed ok... after replacing this and that, I checked again to find that they had gained a lot of up and down play. Just be diligent in verifying and re-verifying that everything is correct.

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Old 09-11-2013, 09:14 AM   #3
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I recently (within the last month) replaced both hubs, u-joints, tie-rod and drag link and all the ball joints. Kind of a "while you're in the area" type deal. Altogether around $450 or so for all the parts/tools to do it.

Your prices might be a little less, since I went with Synergy ball joints and the Crown steering upgrade. I will say this, if you replace the parts on one side, you should replace the other side as well. If you don't, you will be revisiting it soon anyway.
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:41 AM   #4
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I'd go for Timken unit bearing hubs.
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I'd go for Timken unit bearing hubs.
X2 i went through the cheaper duralast brand hubs almost every ride or 2..now upgrade to the timkens and havent had a problem in 6 rides so far! I actually had a duralast one fall apart and the wheel collapsed into the fender on my cherokee..not fun!
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