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Unread 10-07-2010, 06:07 AM   #1
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Jeep gets shakey at 65??

Well, the jeep rides nice a smooth(lol, smooth. ) but once I hit 65 it gets real shakey. It will shake, then calm down for a bit then do it again.

I'm thinking it may be ball joints, but not sure.

What do y'all think?

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Unread 10-07-2010, 06:57 AM   #2
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When was the last time the tires were balanced?

I see in your signature it's lifted and has swampers. Are you still using the factory linkage, or did the lift include replacement steering arms and/or steering shock?
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Unread 10-07-2010, 07:03 AM   #3
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Check to see if tires are ballanced, if mud is packed in the rim, ball joints, hub assemblies, ect. pretty much everything under the front end
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Not sure when the tires were last balanced or if the lift included any of those things.
I bought the jeep a little over a week ago, so I don't know much about it yet.
I know its a procomp 2.5" lift.
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Unread 10-07-2010, 07:06 AM   #5
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Check to see if tires are ballanced, if mud is packed in the rim, ball joints, hub assemblies, ect. pretty much everything under the front end
No mud or anything in the wheels or hubs.
Balljoints look greasy though. They may be pretty old.
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Unread 10-07-2010, 07:08 AM   #6
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2.5" lift shouldn't alter your steering or drivetrain linkage too terribly much (unless it was a poor lift job). Personally, I don't think changing the steering linkage would be necessary under 3".

I'd start by taking it to your favorite tire shop, have them pull the tires and check them for balance. If that doesn't turn up anything, get your camera and flash light and prepare to get dirty, because you're going to have to inspect from the inside of the wheels to the power steering box for any anomallies, which will be hard to identify on your own if you're new to jeeps.
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Unread 10-07-2010, 07:12 AM   #7
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I had the same thing with my jeep - although it was at 55. Turns out it was the tires. Rebalanced, rotated and now saving up to buy some new ones.
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Could also be a out of balance DS..
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Unread 10-07-2010, 07:20 AM   #9
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Wouldn't the off balance wheels start getting noticeable even before 65? Even if its just a slight shake?

Also, the steering makes a lot of creaking and clunking when turning.
Didn't start doing it until I ran into a rock a little too hard trying to get up a hill at river rock and bent the drag link, also turned my steering wheel from blocking the speedo to blocking the tac, so something got messed up there
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Unread 10-07-2010, 07:28 AM   #10
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Its probably just old age. My grandfather got shaky at around 70. He couldn't even light a damn cigarette... ended up using the stove top. Which made my grandmother angry because he would forget to turn it off! Does your jeep forget stuff too? Turned out he had Parkinson and Alzheimer disease.

Sorry, had to do it, your title cracked me up when I read it. Good luck.
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If you bent your drag link I would check the toe on your front tires.. get a buddy and a measuring tape, measure the front side of the tires then the back side. Even if your out like 1/4 of an inch you will feel it.
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Its probably just old age. My grandfather got shaky at around 70. He couldn't even light a damn cigarette... ended up using the stove top. Which made my grandmother angry because he would forget to turn it off! Does your jeep forget stuff too? Turned out he had Parkinson and Alzheimer disease.

Sorry, had to do it, your title cracked me up when I read it. Good luck.
It forgets what time it is when I turn it off.

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If you bent your drag link I would check the toe on your front tires.. get a buddy and a measuring tape, measure the front side of the tires then the back side. Even if your out like 1/4 of an inch you will feel it.

It did it before I bent the drag link.
But if the tow is off how do I adjust it?
Plus it pulls to the right, how can I adjust that?
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Theres a thread floating around here somewhere on how to do it, try in the FAQ section. Its really easy, just would take me forever to explain it..
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I'm thinking it may be ball joints, but not sure.

What do y'all think?
I'm wondering what makes you think it's the ball joints? Have you found any play in them? Check all of your steering components for play (it's free!) then replace what's loose and then go on to the rest : adjust your toe-in (Max's write-up on it), check if your front end is locked (making your possibly unbalanced factory drive-shaft to turn at all times, which could create vibration at higher speeds), rebalance your wheel and tires...
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It's the swampers, they are hard to balance (especially if they are wider). Great off road, but on road manners, yeah not so nice. Mine does the same. It's not a bad idea to ensure everything else is good, and stays that way. It's intermittent, and only is noticeable at higher speeds.
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