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trnsylvanian 09-15-2012 02:00 PM

Death wobble advice, specific situation
 
Hey there, my name's Max.

My vehicle: 2009 Sahara Unlimited, factory standard, so far as I know.

My situation: I live in subarctic Canada (specifically, here: chisasibi, qc - Google Maps) and make a 2,000km drive six times a year (Sussex, NB to Chisasibi, QC - Google Maps). There are two mechanics closeby. They are by all accounts competent, but most likely NOT Jeep experts. Furthermore, the better of the two probably speaks only French. I can have someone translate though. My personal knowledge of cars is too limited to DIY.

My problem: My vehicle has death wobble. Experienced it 10+ times on the way up. NOT bumpsteer. Pull over and stop was the only solution. Can't top 80km without shaking.

My proposed solution: Order the KOR Death Wobble Cure (JK Wrangler Death Wobble (2007+) : KevinsOffRoad.com, Hard-KOR Jeep Accessories for Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Commander, Liberty, and Cherokee). It's designed for lifted vehicles but I don't want to lift the vehicle at the moment. Lifting seems impractical for the ratio of highway driving to offroading I do. Also, I can't afford it just yet. Rather, Kevin e-mailed me a number of in-a-pinch solutions for installing the kit on a factory Jeep. I want to buy the kit and have it installed by a mechanic.

MY QUESTIONS: Does anything about this sound off? Is there a better solution for fixing the wobble in a factory vehicle? All advice appreciated. If you have something to sell me... don't be too shameless lol...

kjeeper10 09-15-2012 02:16 PM

Notice how they focus on the Track bar?

99 % of the time DW is TB related. Bushings are worn, Holes ate ovaled out. Loose bolt.

Did you check any of this ?

trnsylvanian 09-15-2012 02:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kjeeper10 (Post 2795345)
Notice how they focus on the Track bar?

99 % of the time DW is TB related. Bushings are worn, Holes ate ovaled out. Loose bolt.

Did you check any of this ?

No... I'm too newbish to know how... :nonono:... can you recommend a good photo tutorial?

The KOR kit has a "beefier" track bar than standard and that's the primary reason it's hard to install in factory vehicles.

BeyondYourFrontDoor 09-15-2012 03:21 PM

I just got my Jeep yesterday... hit one fairly small 'speed bump' type ridge on the highway, the steering wheel have a pretty good shake but did not continue to wobble. Is that 'normal' or I am just waiting for the real thing to happen to me?

Brad48178 09-15-2012 03:27 PM

Get your tires balanced. I had some issues with DW changed the track bar bushing but still had a problem till I got my tires balanced and it took care of the problem. I will say the track bar bushing did tighten up my steering though.

ESP 09-15-2012 03:31 PM

Read through the DW sticky here on the forums by planman. Kjeeper is right about checking the track bar. No # 1 cause followed by joints, bushings, etc.

kjeeper10 09-15-2012 05:43 PM

Good luck my friend


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Diydw...e_gdata_player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uQwl...e_gdata_player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii81V...e_gdata_player

trnsylvanian 09-16-2012 02:21 AM

Thanks for the help, guys!

Quote:

Originally Posted by BeyondYourFrontDoor (Post 2795491)
I just got my Jeep yesterday... hit one fairly small 'speed bump' type ridge on the highway, the steering wheel have a pretty good shake but did not continue to wobble. Is that 'normal' or I am just waiting for the real thing to happen to me?

This is called "bumpsteer" and is a precursor to wobble. That said, you could go for years without getting the wobble, just minor shakes here and there. Eventually it;ll get worse because each event loosens the track bar, steering stabilizer, etc.

kjeeper10 09-16-2012 07:50 AM

This is one of the best vids I've seen on DW and shimmy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDSIf...e_gdata_player


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