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unlimitedT06 11-08-2010 08:02 PM

Help please!!!
 
I know this has been talked about in many other threads but honestly I don't feel like reading through all those pages just to not find the answer.
I put a 3.5" RE lift on about a week ago and have been driving it all last week with no vibrations or wobbles at all. Well today on my way to work I hit a dip in the road (same one I hit every day last week with no problem) and DEATH WOBBLE!!!!! OMG I almost crapped my pants. My question is will a dropped pitman arm fix this or is it something else because I had already ordered one last week because I didn't like the angle the steering linkage was at. It only did it that one time but I would honestly never want to experience that again as long as I live.

Lariatryder 11-08-2010 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by unlimitedT06
I know this has been talked about in many other threads but honestly I don't feel like reading through all those pages just to not find the answer.
I put a 3.5" RE lift on about a week ago and have been driving it all last week with no vibrations or wobbles at all. Well today on my way to work I hit a dip in the road (same one I hit every day last week with no problem) and DEATH WOBBLE!!!!! OMG I almost crapped my pants. My question is will a dropped pitman arm fix this or is it something else because I had already ordered one last week because I didn't like the angle the steering linkage was at. It only did it that one time but I would honestly never want to experience that again as long as I live.

A drop pitman arm is not needed. If you would have taken the time to type this and would have read the sticky all of your problems would be solved

Oswald 11-08-2010 08:18 PM

If you needed an adjustable track bar, you need a dropped pitman arm, otherwise there's really no need. Make sure everything is torqued to spec and nothing has loosened up after driving it. I just installed this lift on my Jeep and definately needed a dropped pitman arm/adjustable track bar, so you probably should get one too. However, the problem shouldn't be the pitman arm, more likely the linkages.

Neil F. 11-08-2010 08:19 PM

X2

Sorry, if you don't feel like taking the time to read, you don't want to get it fixed.

unlimitedT06 11-08-2010 08:29 PM

Kit didn't come with adj track bar or pitman arm. I bought adj track bar but haven't installed it yet. Guess I'll do that tomorrow.

Mortalis5509 11-09-2010 02:20 AM

Drop pittman arm causes bump steer if added. Did you get the jeep aligned?

jdhallissey 11-09-2010 02:29 AM

You have 3 things to look at. Your steering linkage, your balance on your tires, then are your control arms square up front.

unlimitedT06 11-09-2010 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Mortalis5509
Drop pittman arm causes bump steer if added. Did you get the jeep aligned?

I thought pitman arm helped with bumpsteer. Also I'm taking off work to get it aligned Friday.

Kate 11-09-2010 07:44 AM

Have someone sit in the Jeep and gently rock the steering wheel back and forth, just enough so that it barely moves the tires. Not a lot, just a little.

Climb underneath and watch as everything moves. Look for abnormal movement. PARTICULARLY on your track bar.
Check every nut and bolt that you touched to be sure they are properly torqued.
You might also try rotating your tires. BUT one step at a time. If you do too much all at once it's hard to know what did and didn't work.

Death wobble can really make a believer out of you in a hurry. First time it happened to me, I almost parked it and walked the rest of the way home. It took a couple of months before I stopped clenching the steering wheel while going around that corner.

unlimitedT06 11-10-2010 06:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kate
Have someone sit in the Jeep and gently rock the steering wheel back and forth, just enough so that it barely moves the tires. Not a lot, just a little.

Climb underneath and watch as everything moves. Look for abnormal movement. PARTICULARLY on your track bar.
Check every nut and bolt that you touched to be sure they are properly torqued.
You might also try rotating your tires. BUT one step at a time. If you do too much all at once it's hard to know what did and didn't work.

Death wobble can really make a believer out of you in a hurry. First time it happened to me, I almost parked it and walked the rest of the way home. It took a couple of months before I stopped clenching the steering wheel while going around that corner.

Tried that yesterday and appeared all my tie rod ends and track bar bushings are worn. All that is being changed out tonight.
The DW happened again on the way home yesterday so bad that it jerked me off the road into the ditch. Luckily it was filled in so it was flat.

Kate 11-10-2010 07:07 AM

My track bar just started popping. Going to get it addressed today or tomorrow.

Hopefully you'll get it fixed without too much expense or difficulty.

I'm really glad to hear that your ditch encounter wasn't a disaster! Damn! That's scary stuff right there.

unlimitedT06 11-11-2010 08:33 PM

Just finished installing new track bar and Currie Currectlink drag link/tie-rod kit. Getting alignment and wheels balanced tomorrow. Hopefully this will fix it.

unlimitedT06 11-15-2010 09:46 AM

Put about 400 miles on it this weekend and seems to be alright. Still nervous as hell though.

Wench 11-15-2010 02:28 PM

a beefed up steering stabilzer may be in order as well

03 RUBI 11-15-2010 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Wench (Post 877466)
a beefed up steering stabilzer may be in order as well


According to some past posts on this forum a steering stabilzer will only mask deeper problems.


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