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Old 03-26-2019, 05:15 PM   #31
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Go to the NHSTA web site after you google "Jeep wrangler JL recalls"


Go into some of the 600 complaints and read how people have had parts replaced MULTIPLE times, and they still have it. Are 600 or so people having a "rare occurrence" with Death wobble??!?!?!? I think not.



I said I was on restriction from saying bad things about the JL. The above is stating fact and not bashing the JL model.

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They can't log as many test miles in as many conditions in the design stage as all the customers put on once the vehicles are in use. Add that to a solid axle, which you can only minimize (not eliminate) the likelihood of a death wobble and guess what? Some of them are going to get it. Until the design is successfully tweaked you can replace everything in the front end as many times as you want, and you're just chasing a design that's prone to a death wobble.

And yes, 600 or so is rare: they sold nearly a 250,000 Wranglers last year.

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Go to the NHSTA web site after you google "Jeep wrangler JL recalls"


Go into some of the 600 complaints and read how people have had parts replaced MULTIPLE times, and they still have it. Are 600 or so people having a "rare occurrence" with Death wobble??!?!?!? I think not.



I said I was on restriction from saying bad things about the JL. The above is stating fact and not bashing the JL model.
My point was death wobble as a whole is a rare occurrence considering just how many solid front axle vehicles have been sold and are on the road.

I wasn't claiming it's normal for brand new JL's that are stock. In fact I don't think that should be happening, and I believe they have either a design issue, or much more likely, a bad batch of suspension bushings or other suspension parts that made it onto some new JL's.
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My 2005 Ford F-250 got the death wobble after about 40K miles. Going down the interstate at about 70 or 75. I crossed a overpass and when it hit the rough bridge joints all hell broke loose. I was in the right lane and ended up almost on the shoulder of the left lane. I got on the brakes hard and it finally stopped at about 20 mph. It shoke so hard the hood was a blure. If somebody was beside me I probably would of hit them! 2005 was a redesign year for the Super Duty trucks. But, Ford knew they had a problem by then and they had a fix for it. They remounted the steering stablelizer to a different place, just on the frame end and reset the caster with shims on the front axle. I had that truck until 2018 with over 120K on it and never another episode of death wobble, thank god. It is a terrifying experience. It has never happened on my 11 two door wrangler at 38K with stock tires and a one inch puck lift on the front. Ford still uses a straight axle on the Super Duty line of trucks.
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Just to keep the conversation going.... I have 900 miles on my 2018 JL and went on a 250 mile trip a couple of days ago. I experienced “The Wobble” three times during the trip. Each time I experienced it I was going about 65 and ran over a bridge expansion joint that seemed larger (higher) than the rest. The wobble was significant and stopped as soon as I tapped the brake. I do have the Mopar 2 inch lift (that seemed to raise it 3.5 inches). I had stock tires and rims at the time, but had 35 inch tires installed today. I have an appointment next week for the dealer to check it out.
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I bought a brandy new 2012 Ram Power Wagon. After 4 years it developed death wobble. Had 31 thousand miles on her and was literally a month out of warranty. Brought it to the dealer and they replaced the steering stabilizer. It stopped the wobble, bit I felt it was just a band aid, I swear I could feel SOMETHING every time I hit a bump.

Anyway I couldn't take the anticipation and sold it. When I was a kid I had a 1974 Power Wagon that had DW and I threw tons of hours and more money than I should have at it. Did not wanna deal with that again.

Bought the below listed F250 and haven't looked back.

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Absolutely no excuse for a stock JL to have death wobble! They have only been out for what, a year and a half?? Unless the vehicle has 250,000 miles on it (again a stock JL) it should not have any DW.
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Just to keep the conversation going.... I have 900 miles on my 2018 JL and went on a 250 mile trip a couple of days ago. I experienced “The Wobble” three times during the trip. Each time I experienced it I was going about 65 and ran over a bridge expansion joint that seemed larger (higher) than the rest. The wobble was significant and stopped as soon as I tapped the brake. I do have the Mopar 2 inch lift (that seemed to raise it 3.5 inches). I had stock tires and rims at the time, but had 35 inch tires installed today. I have an appointment next week for the dealer to check it out.
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I had the same issues..Had the tires balanced (which were off) and an alignment (which was off also) . also had the rusty track bar brace installed with a falcon 2.1 steering dampner for non lifted vehicles

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