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Old 06-28-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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Exclamation Death wobble help!

Heeeey! So I have a stock 2004 Wrangler, I've been the only owner and about 3 years ago it started doing the dance of DEATH on the highway, that death wobble between 45 and 55. It was clearly visible from the outside and was strong enough to shake some of the bolts loose on the hard top. Scary. I shelled out about $2000 to get it fixed but only at a local garage, I'm not thinking they knew too much about Jeeps. Anyway, it's back again and it's even worse, it's impossible to get out of even if I hit the brakes or slam on the gas to try to shoot through it, it only stops after I get back down to like 20 MPH. It's absolutely the wobble and it just completely yanks the steering wheel out of my hands and has shaken so hard that an AC cover popped off and a bottle on the floor shattered. Is this wobble crap something that can be fixed for GOOD, or will it just keep coming back? And where is a good place in Colorado to get it done? Y'all are awesome, thanks for any advice you can give. I love my baby, I don't want to have to trade her in..

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Old 06-28-2013, 08:32 PM   #2
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Ball joints or your track bar.. i had 2 bad balljoints in my old tj and it was the same thing i had slow to 20 too get it too stop.. track bar bolt loose or bad bushing can cause it too.

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Old 06-28-2013, 08:34 PM   #3
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High country isn't too far from ya i believe so you can give them a ring and explain the situation.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:54 AM   #4
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Check you alignment. I bent my steering at one point and that caused it......

Also, I found that steering right and left to get the tires back in a settled pattern helped more than brakes..... When simply pointed forward it would wobble... But after a few adjustments it would settle.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:03 AM   #5
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you can also ask for Jimmy at Edgewater Jeep...course, he's probably up racing in the Pikes Peak National this weekend...but damn good dude. If ya end up talking to him, let him know Robyn sent ya from ice racing
Phone: 303-477-8766
Address: 5038 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

As for fixes - if it's not stock, then the geometry is all changed. alignment, trackbar, ball joints, anything up front...go over it with a fine tooth comb. Depending on how long it's been going on, the trackbar bolt hole could be bored out...that's what I am checking on mine today. And possibly putting a second locking nut on it as it seems to like to come loose. *Yes, I know, I need a long arm to fix the geometry on mine...that will wait till the next year
when it breaks, fix it, and try try again
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