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Unread 07-22-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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Front End Diagnosis

Hey guys, so I over the past 6 months or so, I have had a definite pull/drift to the left on my 96 ZJ. More recently, the front end feels very loose when going over bumps, potholes, etc; and I even experienced a shimmy or two and one definite 'Death Wobble'. From what I can tell, the control arms are fine, but the drift in the front end and the general loose-ness of the steering on rough roads is making me think track bar? Is there another component I should look at first or should I proceed with the t-bar.

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Unread 07-22-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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If you get under there and have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth, you will be able to see up and down play at the trackbar balljoint.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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Yep...and all the other sloppy components too. Take a small LED really helps.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 10:06 PM   #4
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HighLonesome is EXACTLY RIGHT! I've been having the very same problem, But please be careful! I would not want any jeeper to go thru what I've gone. I bought a track bar from morris4x4 and after the 2nd one from them, I'm gonna have to make my own bushing fabrication,,,,,on the frame side( Flat broke now) or,,,I don't know...What I know is that you can expect anything from online shopping. NOW, if your jeep is NOT lifted, I would just get one from Autozone for about $78.00. They work fine.
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