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manis902 10-12-2006 04:43 PM

#$@*&=!! Death Wobble!
 
Yep! It makes life worth living. Wondering "Will this slight bump on this highly elevated bridge set it off?". Anticipating "Will this vibration from going over this slight bump on this highly elevated bridge turn in to something more?". Experiencing "HOLY $#!+!". Resolving "Geez, I wish I knew a good mechanic in the TULSA OKLAHOMA AREA that knew about this." I love my 98 Wrangler but this is happening more and more lately. I've asked a few mechanics that scratch their head and suggest doing this, that, and the other thing. It all sounds like throwing parts at the problem. Is there anybody out there that can recommend a good mechanic in the Tulsa area that may know a thing or two about this oh-so fun phenomenon? Thanks for all replies.

Scout 10-12-2006 05:13 PM

It's nothing that $ 650.00 can't cure. That's what I finally did.

ORO U-Turn.

http://www.offroadonly.com/products/new/u-turn/

Scoob 10-12-2006 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Simple Scout
It's nothing that $ 650.00 can't cure. That's what I finally did.

ORO U-Turn.

http://www.offroadonly.com/products/new/u-turn/

Does that come with a track bar?

Scout 10-12-2006 05:55 PM

No it doesn't. I'm currently running a Superlift Adjustable Front Track Bar. I had it installed when I installed my lift. I would highly recommend you get an adjustable track bar if you're considering running this steering system.

MR.CLIFFORD 10-12-2006 05:58 PM

If you can get it to Wichita I will fix it for you :)


EDIT: The biggest cause of death wobble I've seen on stock jeeps is the track bar hole at the axle.

Check out the gap with the bolt in the hole.

http://thedoubleduke.com/pics/anya's...xlebracket.jpg

If the bracket doesn't hold the bolt still you will get some nasty pops and possibly death wobble. But all things considered you might tell us a little about your rig so we can better assess your problem :)

1BLKJP 10-12-2006 06:15 PM

Clifford is dead on. First thing is to make sure that everything is tight in your front end. Both ends of the trac bar, all of the control arms, drag link and tie rod. Then if you are still having it get your tires balanced. Cheap and easy to do and will make a world of difference.

Scoob 10-12-2006 06:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MR.CLIFFORD
EDIT: The biggest cause of death wobble I've seen on stock jeeps is the track bar hole at the axle.

If the bracket doesn't hold the bolt still you will get some nasty pops and possibly death wobble.

This is why I asked if the ORO came with a track bar, other then I really didnt know. Every case of death wobble I have seen first hand (about 4 in all) was related to the front track bar.
Crank that bolt on the axle end down to about 90 foot lb's. Just might solve you problem or at least isolate it.

MR.CLIFFORD 10-12-2006 07:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Scoob
This is why I asked if the ORO came with a track bar, other then I really didnt know. Every case of death wobble I have seen first hand (about 4 in all) was related to the front track bar.
Crank that bolt on the axle end down to about 90 foot lb's. Just might solve you problem or at least isolate it.


With that bolt only being a 7/16" bolt and a nut plate on the back I wouldn't suggest 90 ft/lbs. I like to weld a new plate in front of the track bar bracket. I have these speed hole gussets in the shop. It just requires a little bit of boring out the hole to make the bolt slip through. Then I just weld it in place.

http://thedoubleduke.com/pics/anya's...barbracket.jpg

If you can drop your track bar stick the bolt back in the hole. If it is moving around you need to get it tight. It will improve steering if nothing else. :)

manis902 10-13-2006 08:34 AM

WOW! I was completely blown away by the response to my "Death Wobble" problem. I figured everyone was tired of that subject. Mr. Clifford, your right, I'm sure you would need to know more about my Wrangler to make an more informed diag. It's a 98 with a TrailMaster lift kit (not mine, I bought it that way) of about 3 inches. Besides the AEM cold air intake system and Jet superchip everything else is stock. Hope that gives someone a clue, but that track bar thing sounds logical.

mrbigjeep 10-13-2006 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by manis902
WOW! I was completely blown away by the response to my "Death Wobble" problem. I figured everyone was tired of that subject.

stick around. we got more where that came from. :D


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