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04-26-2013 02:10 AM
NDMcG I guess at the end if the day I'm just glad it's over (at least for now). As the track bar was tightened up by one mechanic and then the alignment and shocks were addressed by another I still find it difficult to believe that the alignment, shocks, and warped rotors didn't have a big part in the DW, as it was still occurring after the track bar was addressed although somewhat less severely. You really have to consider that we were told by numerous mechanics it was one of the worst DWs they had ever experienced and the shocks were in such bad shape that you could physically bounce the back end off the ground. Additionally, if you read a good amount of the literature out there on the DW one of the big things that everyone says to look at, right up there with the track bar, is the alignment. I actually don't think it had anything to do with the mechanic taking advantage, particularly relating to the brakes OR the shocks, since I replaced the brakes, they got nothing from that, and the shocks were covered under warranty so I just paid the $50 for them to stick them back on.
04-25-2013 10:41 AM
jeepinmike
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Originally Posted by AsylumTJ View Post
If you have high mileage tires try replacing them. I know when my km2s are due to be replaced when I get a slight wobble after ruts/pot holes around 45mph
I was going to provide the same experience. My 06 LJ (with 46k) had DW at 55 when I got it. Strange thing to me was, it didn't have it when I test drove it. Come to find out, the dealer rotated and balanced the tires between the test drive and my picking it up.
Anyways, too the point- I rotated the tires (original), then noticed I had some play in the trackbar, so I replaced that and it helped but didn't fix it. I lived with it for a few months, then I got my BFG MTs.... DW gone.

So those old goodyears still had good tread, looked fine, and were fine except at 55, but in reality they were shot.

I spoke to the service manager and told him what was up, he questioned me, but did not argue with me (I have a associates in Auto Tech). I sent the dealer the bill for the trackbar (parts), and they paid it. About 2-3 weeks after I got the check for the t-bar, the shop manager called me and told me they had another jeep with 'that shaking problem', and I happily told him what to do, he was pretty grateful, I thought about sending them the bill for my consultation....
04-25-2013 08:56 AM
mudmagnet63 Trac bar was a major issue on my daughters 02. The bolt kept coming loose and actually had one break. All this happened while I was out of town. The solution I came up with was to drill out the trac bar mount and bar bushing because it was wallered out. Used a grade 8 bolt and tightened the dog sh** out of it and have not seen the problem again.
04-25-2013 08:52 AM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by lynn View Post
The root cause of death wobble is always going to be inadequate constraints on the axle, or how well the axle is "attached" to the frame. The attachment points are control arms and track bar. Looseness in these devices allow DW.

There can be many other triggers, but if the axle is adequately constrained the triggers will not set of DW. For example, You may feel a vibe from improperly balanced tires, but if the axle is properly constrained it will not set off DW. If there is looseness in the constraints, then improperly balanced tires can trigger DW. If you balance the tires and eliminate that trigger, you may think you have cured DW when in fact the looseness in the constraints will eventually find another trigger.
Good explanation...!
04-25-2013 07:50 AM
lynn The root cause of death wobble is always going to be inadequate constraints on the axle, or how well the axle is "attached" to the frame. The attachment points are control arms and track bar. Looseness in these devices allow DW.

There can be many other triggers, but if the axle is adequately constrained the triggers will not set of DW. For example, You may feel a vibe from improperly balanced tires, but if the axle is properly constrained it will not set off DW. If there is looseness in the constraints, then improperly balanced tires can trigger DW. If you balance the tires and eliminate that trigger, you may think you have cured DW when in fact the looseness in the constraints will eventually find another trigger.
04-24-2013 11:29 PM
UFOtestpilot I'm thinking that if you replace the "want" in that statement with "end up with" the story would make more sense.

Though I've seen plenty of stories that don't make sense no matter how you tell it.
04-24-2013 10:22 PM
Patrick H
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Originally Posted by NDMcG View Post
Actually it feel most stable than its felt in months. The way they explained it 5-7 is stock but with the lift you want the caster closer to 3. In addition to the brakes, alignment, and shocks we also tightened the track bar. Lynn why would you think none of these would be the root cause and cure the issue? The steering feels stable and I have not noticed any issues with responsiveness.
Lift height does not change how much caster is required to maintain stability, straight tracking, and ability to return to center.
So, while they were "explaining" this, what was their reason for less caster being needed with the lift?
04-24-2013 07:44 PM
equinedanielle I don't think I would go back to a shop who tried to convince me that shocks had anything to do with DW. They are either ignorant, or more likely, decided you were a woman who would fall for it and they took advantage of that.
04-24-2013 07:13 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by NDMcG View Post
Actually it feel most stable than its felt in months. The way they explained it 5-7 is stock but with the lift you want the caster closer to 3. In addition to the brakes, alignment, and shocks we also tightened the track bar. Lynn why would you think none of these would be the root cause and cure the issue? The steering feels stable and I have not noticed any issues with responsiveness.
The one thing they did that would have made a major difference in the dw is tightening the track bar. If it was loose, that was the cause. The other things you mentioned, while maybe needed, would not cause death wobble.
04-24-2013 05:54 PM
NDMcG Actually it feel most stable than its felt in months. The way they explained it 5-7 is stock but with the lift you want the caster closer to 3. In addition to the brakes, alignment, and shocks we also tightened the track bar. Lynn why would you think none of these would be the root cause and cure the issue? The steering feels stable and I have not noticed any issues with responsiveness.
04-23-2013 07:16 AM
lynn So now you have caster at 3°, replaced shocks and brakes...

I'm going to guess that your DW will be back soon. Although the changes you made address some possible DW triggers, they do not address the root cause.

What have you noticed about the steering feel, with caster now at 3° ?
Twitchy? Harder to keep between the lines? Slower return-to-center?
04-23-2013 07:09 AM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by Patrick H View Post
Caster spec is 5-7 degrees. With larger tires, that can be reduced, but not 3 degrees. I'm surprised you can keep it on the road.
04-23-2013 07:02 AM
Patrick H Caster spec is 5-7 degrees. With larger tires, that can be reduced, but not 3 degrees. I'm surprised you can keep it on the road.
04-23-2013 04:38 AM
kjeeper10 5 is close to stock caster spec. Lowering that spec should of "loosened" the steering feel ??
04-23-2013 03:17 AM
NDMcG So just thought I would give a quick update. After reading the thread you all provided earlier I decided to start working my way through the checklist (so to speak) and went to another alignment shop. They first determined the caster angle was to high (5.xx degrees) so they installed a specially designed bolt and got the caster down to around 3. In the process it was still DWing pretty badly but was getting better. We then replaced the front brake pads and rotors (I was noticing a slight pedal flutter when applying the brakes). That really helped. Then today we replaced the rear shocks with a new set of Hydros and it seems to be gone. So after spending about $600 I don't have in the last 4 days it seems the drama may be over. Thanks for all the help!!!!
04-19-2013 05:20 PM
mattclark I also had dw I replaced my tie rods ball joints stabilizer steering box control arm and 4 point alignment then still had it replaced tires and it went away and never been back I had 33/12.50/15 bfg went to 35/12.50/15 cooper stt and no worries now
04-19-2013 05:07 PM
AsylumTJ If you have high mileage tires try replacing them. I know when my km2s are due to be replaced when I get a slight wobble after ruts/pot holes around 45mph
04-19-2013 03:09 PM
taterhed I'm just guess'n here.... might as well play the game....I see ball-joints with lots of grease on the knuckle. I'd guess worn ball joints. I've seen old/hot grease run out of the joint over time and leave a dry worn-out joint. Or, I've seen a less than reputable used car lot/person pump the worn out joints full of hard grease to 'stiffen up' the joint and make it drive better; for while. Just saw this on a used Dodge Caliber--when I pried the joint to test it, it almost seperated. It just got warm...where I live.

Obviously, I'm just guessing--but it's fun.

On my LJ, it was older joints (with little or no grease) and a bad tire that had been balanced back to life. One bump and GEEZE-and-RICE we're all over the road. New tires and some grease stopped it dead. It's still there though--just hiding. New TR's and BJ's are on the way with the lift.

JM2c
04-18-2013 11:54 PM
NDMcG My brother installed the new track bar and he said the hole was in perfect condition so it got enlarged by the DW I would assume. I'll check out the sticky and the links provided. In the meantime here are some pictures of the front end as requested.
04-18-2013 09:41 PM
Water Dog double post
04-18-2013 09:36 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by NDMcG View Post
Dennis what do you mean the "Sticky" on death wobble? We have had the alignment checked multiple times and replaced all the steering parts we can think of. When you say that suspension parts could cause it doesn't that include the shocks?
A sticky is a post that stays one top of the forum threads...look near the top of the thread column for "death wobble". Shocks dampen the verticle movement of the suspension. Death Wobble is caused by worn parts in the horizontal plane. You said you changed the track bar. By chance did anyone observe the condition of the bolt hole on the axle end of that bar when it was changed? A new track bar will do little good if the bolt hole is wallowed out and it can move around. That's the first thing I would check.
04-18-2013 09:32 PM
Patrick H
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Originally Posted by jimmy_buckle View Post
When he says "sticky" he is referencing the member who started the thread....Just go to the TJ forum and at the top there will be a thread about DW started by "sticky"
I posted the link ^^^^^^
04-18-2013 09:28 PM
speedyrev A "sticky" is a post stuck to the top of a forum. Important enough to keep from rotating down with time.
04-18-2013 09:14 PM
Patrick H
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Originally Posted by NDMcG View Post
Dennis what do you mean the "Sticky" on death wobble? We have had the alignment checked multiple times and replaced all the steering parts we can think of. When you say that suspension parts could cause it doesn't that include the shocks?
Click
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/death-wobble-25090.html
04-18-2013 08:52 PM
blackrublj
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Originally Posted by NDMcG View Post
Okay so I will try to keep this short and sweet. We installed a 2.5" lift on our Wrangler back in September and we instantly started experiencing a horrible DW. We immediately got the tires balanced and the alignment adjusted with no success. We then replaced the track bar which helped slightly but not for very long. We then replaced the tie rod and steering stabalizer. Again these helped slightly but did not fix the problem. Through the winter my husband would still experience the DW but at least it was to the point where he could anticipate it and take steps to minimize it, whereas when it orignally started it was so bad he had to pull over and stop completely before it would stop. Starting a few weeks ago it came back with a vengenance. We have determined there is a correlation between the outside temperature and the severity. We finally took it to yet another mechanic who inspected everything and discovered the track bar end with the bolt was too large. They welded some washers into the end of the bar to fix that problem. They also told us the shocks were "bad." Since they were under warranty I first called "Four Wheel Parts" and had a horrible experiencing talking with their staff at our local store (I encourage you all to avoid them at all cost). I then called the manufacturer, these were SkyJacker Hydro 7000's, and after quite a bit of back and forth I was told these shocks were meant to be super soft to the point where they can be manipulated by hand when they are off the vehicle and you should be able to push on the vehicles bumpers and get the car bouncing enough to where it continues even after you stop pushing. (I am no expert but this sounds like a bad feature to have in a 4x4 shock.) Anyways at this point I do think the shocks need to be replaced but I guess I am so tired of dumping money into this that I am hoping someone can shed some light on the subject regarding 1)if it sounds like we are on the right track, 2) if this whole things with the shocks sounds legit, and 3) what shocks would you recommend that aren't crazy expensive (at this point we are pretty much tapped out)? Ok sorry not so short and sweet but there it is. Thanks!
Ndmcg go on your computer and check out kevins off road he has an exelent write up on death wobble issues and his cure works believe me i know ive been there!
04-18-2013 06:43 PM
GoodLife
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Originally Posted by NDMcG View Post
Okay so I will try to keep this short and sweet. We installed a 2.5" lift on our Wrangler back in September and we instantly started experiencing a horrible DW. We immediately got the tires balanced and the alignment adjusted with no success. We then replaced the track bar which helped slightly but not for very long. We then replaced the tie rod and steering stabalizer. Again these helped slightly but did not fix the problem. Through the winter my husband would still experience the DW but at least it was to the point where he could anticipate it and take steps to minimize it, whereas when it orignally started it was so bad he had to pull over and stop completely before it would stop. Starting a few weeks ago it came back with a vengenance. We have determined there is a correlation between the outside temperature and the severity. We finally took it to yet another mechanic who inspected everything and discovered the track bar end with the bolt was too large. They welded some washers into the end of the bar to fix that problem. They also told us the shocks were "bad." Since they were under warranty I first called "Four Wheel Parts" and had a horrible experiencing talking with their staff at our local store (I encourage you all to avoid them at all cost). I then called the manufacturer, these were SkyJacker Hydro 7000's, and after quite a bit of back and forth I was told these shocks were meant to be super soft to the point where they can be manipulated by hand when they are off the vehicle and you should be able to push on the vehicles bumpers and get the car bouncing enough to where it continues even after you stop pushing. (I am no expert but this sounds like a bad feature to have in a 4x4 shock.) Anyways at this point I do think the shocks need to be replaced but I guess I am so tired of dumping money into this that I am hoping someone can shed some light on the subject regarding 1)if it sounds like we are on the right track, 2) if this whole things with the shocks sounds legit, and 3) what shocks would you recommend that aren't crazy expensive (at this point we are pretty much tapped out)? Ok sorry not so short and sweet but there it is. Thanks!
I am on my second set of skyjacker hydro shocks. They are very soft but that is why I like them. I had them with my 2 inch lift and now with my 4 inch. They may be fine.
04-18-2013 04:56 PM
PStov98TJ A SS don't fix DW. His was fixed probably because he replaced a messed up TB. And yes shocks are technically part of the suspension but they don't do anything to keep the axle stationary. They only dampen the effects of a rough road. Post up some pictures of your front end, it may help.
04-18-2013 04:38 PM
NDMcG We actually replaced the steering dampner with a really good one right after this whole issue started. Ugh so frustrating!!
04-18-2013 04:36 PM
NDMcG Dennis what do you mean the "Sticky" on death wobble? We have had the alignment checked multiple times and replaced all the steering parts we can think of. When you say that suspension parts could cause it doesn't that include the shocks?
04-18-2013 04:32 PM
pineda22 i had this same problem replaced my track bar & my steering dampner shock with a high quality one and it went away. i cant give you a real price on the dampner shock i used because i get huge discounts on parts from work
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