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Unread 04-18-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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Death Wobble concerns

So I plan on installing the IRO 4.5 inch lift into my 97 ZJ in the near future but I've been hearing from some people about death wobble. Is this guaranteed to be an issue or is there a way to prevent it? I'm a jeep noob so some input from the pros would be great

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Unread 04-18-2013, 11:11 AM   #2
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Installing a lift doesn't cause death wobble, worn steering/ suspension parts do. If you have any problems in those parts, the extra weight of larger tires/rims and lift, will just make the problem far more obvious. I doubt anyone here could "guarantee" you will or won't have death wobble, after your lift, as we don't know the state of your steering/suspension components currently.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 11:36 AM   #3
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Installing a lift doesn't cause death wobble, worn steering/ suspension parts do. If you have any problems in those parts, the extra weight of larger tires/rims and lift, will just make the problem far more obvious. I doubt anyone here could "guarantee" you will or won't have death wobble, after your lift, as we don't know the state of your steering/suspension components currently.
Alright thanks this answers my question. So it's not the actual lift that causes it like some people have led me to believe. But judging my the state of my steering and suspension I most likely will need to replace some things
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Lift just aggravates it by putting different strains on suspension components. Death wobble is also not so much a steering problem as it is a suspension problem. Track bars and control arms are the main cause.
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Lift just aggravates it by putting different strains on suspension components. Death wobble is also not so much a steering problem as it is a suspension problem. Track bars and control arms are the main cause.
So with my lift I'm adding new adjustable track bars and control arms so should this help prevent it?
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Yes, just make sure you torque the track bar to spec, and remember to torque thing with the weight on the wheels so you don't preload them.
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Yes, just make sure you torque the track bar to spec, and remember to torque thing with the weight on the wheels so you don't preload them.
Alright man, thanks for the tips
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So I plan on installing the IRO 4.5 inch lift into my 97 ZJ in the near future but I've been hearing from some people about death wobble. Is this guaranteed to be an issue or is there a way to prevent it? I'm a jeep noob so some input from the pros would be great
As stated, worn, loose, tired parts cause death wobble. A properly installed lift with quality components should not have issues with death wobble.
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