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Unread 09-12-2011, 09:04 AM   #1
Skydmark1
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Death Wobble, Steering & Adjustments

Hello everyone,

So after trying to convince myself that I don't have death wobble I've finally come to terms with it. So....................Hello, my name is Jason and I have death wobble.

Now that I got that out of the way, time to figure this thing out. It starts to hit at just over 40mph and by the time I hit 45 or so it's shaking side to side pretty bad, a glance out the window and I can see my 33's wobbling back and forth.

I decided the place to start is to jack it up and check for excessively worn components. The shop that recently inspected it said everything was good, but I wanna take a look anyway. Next will be to fix the alignment, she pulls the right pretty hard. This is where my real question comes in.....here are two pictures I just took.

Here is a picture where I've circled something that I have no idea what the hell it is. It looks like the thing that made my brakes work on my bike as a little kid....haha. So anyone know what it is and what it does?





And this is just a picture of my steering components, I have a 4" lift. This looks like a dropped pitman arm to me, I just wanted to confirm so I can rule that out as a problem.



Also, any other tips on doing the alignment, let me know!!!

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Unread 09-12-2011, 10:25 AM   #2
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Yeah you got the drop pitman. Far as the wobble goes, I would check the tie rod ends, ball joints, and wheel bearings.
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Unread 09-12-2011, 11:12 AM   #3
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the thing you circled is part of the tie rod, I beleive it's part of the adjusting sleeve. Looks a little different than ours tho.
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Unread 09-12-2011, 11:20 AM   #4
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Looks like maybe it is just there to help keep the collars from spinning? Sort of an added seccurity
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