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post #1 of 21 Old 08-02-2009, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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death wobble

so i just got the death wobble on my zj after taking it out 4wheelin.
however, i only have a stock suspension. any ideas?

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post #2 of 21 Old 08-02-2009, 08:16 PM
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check for mud or dirt anywhere on the wheels...

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i did, there's none.
and it only happens when i hit a big bump in the road.
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-02-2009, 08:20 PM
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check for anything loose in your suspension
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will do.
any other ideas to check for?
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post #6 of 21 Old 08-02-2009, 08:33 PM
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track bar, front and rear, control arm bolts, shock mount bolts, mud in the inside of your wheels, any small amount can send your balance off, i bring a putty knife with me for post wheeling clean up.

your ss may be worn out and could be replaced, especially after wheeling if it was on its way out already.
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i'm sayin that's prob it, since i've got 140k miles and still have the one from the factory
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A steering stabilizer only masks the problem. Search the forums, DW is gone over on what seems to be a daily basis.
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its a cheap investment and no harm if it turns out to be something else, old man emu makes a good ss but they are yellow : /


i guess you can do what alot of people do to their LAREDO's and spray paint it haha.
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i was gonna put a 4" lift and change it out w/ a rough country one anyways.
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the old man emu ss will eat any other ss for breakfast. for some reason it just works, i've seen chevy 1500's on 8" of lift/ 37's with serious drivability issues tamed by one or two ome ss's .
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A steering stabilizer only masks the problem. Search the forums, DW is gone over on what seems to be a daily basis.
the steering stabilizer is just like your shocks, it needs replacing and does wear out...the new wrangler steering stabilizers are dropping like flies... we're doing at least 3 a day at work...

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the steering stabilizer is just like your shocks, it needs replacing and does wear out...the new wrangler steering stabilizers are dropping like flies... we're doing at least 3 a day at work...
Yeah they do wear out but do not cause DW on their own. Can we please sticky this fact?

OP, can you give us a picture of the stock Zj with ARB bumper?
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Yeah they do wear out but do not cause DW on their own. Can we please sticky this fact?

OP, can you give us a picture of the stock Zj with ARB bumper?
if you hit a pot hole and the stabilizer moves in and out freely, you will get wobble

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if you hit a pot hole and the stabilizer moves in and out freely, you will get wobble
How do I not have extreme DW then? My SS was leaking and dented and it drove fine.
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