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Unread 09-30-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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Hoping new tires cure DW

So as some of you might know, I've been dealing with DW for the whole summer. I've replaced everything. New tie rod ends (and long tube), track bar, ball joints, wheel bearings, steering box, control arms and bushings. The only thing I haven't replaced is the drag link, but it's fine. The only think left is the tires themselves. I had them balanced in June, but I don't think they inspected them. I pulled the passenger side one off and rolled it. It constantly rolls to one side rather than straight. I pulled the other tire and it does the same thing. Before I drop 600 on new tires. Does anyone have any suggestion?

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Unread 09-30-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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No experience with DW in the Grand Cherokee and you did not mention the steering damper (assuming 4x4), but..............

A brand new set of tires cured the DW on my TJ.

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Sorry, yes the steering dampener was replaced.
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Unread 09-30-2013, 11:46 PM   #4
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Control arms or their bushings ?
Is the steering box tight against the frame rail?
Is it lifted?
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Unread 10-01-2013, 12:14 AM   #5
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Control arms or their bushings ?
Is the steering box tight against the frame rail?
Is it lifted?
Both arms and bushings. Yes the box is tight. Yes, I have a 2 inch BB.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 04:25 AM   #6
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No mention of the most important things: toe and caster. Especially caster.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 04:33 AM   #7
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When was the last time you had an alignment
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How old are the tires?
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Unread 10-01-2013, 07:57 AM   #9
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You could try putting the front tires in the back to see if it changes things. But Technohead is right, castor can cause the DW. Make sure your pinion angle is correct. Have you had an alignment?
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Unread 10-01-2013, 08:04 PM   #10
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Alignment is good, castor is good (almost spot on 7 degrees). The thing is when I put the lift on 2 years ago, I never did an alignment, but I have rotated the tires. Add that to the fact that I did have bad ball joints, wheel bearing, etc. I didn't replace parts for the hell of it. They were all worn to some extent. There are few things that lead me to believe the tires are the problem; One is that the tires don't roll straight when off the jeep. None of them do at this point. The other is that the DW occurs more when the road is going left. And I noticed that if I hit a big bump and I have the breaks on at the same time, it's almost guaranteed to start DW. In my mind this makes sense with the tires being worn lower on the outside. Wish I had a spare set of tires to check things out. All I have is the spare and to be honest, it's a spare in name only.
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Unread 10-01-2013, 08:09 PM   #11
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By the way, when it first started to happen in June, I had an alignment done as well as getting the tires balanced. It actually made it worse. I went from being able to drive at 60, and if it started to wobble all I needed to do was take my foot off the gas, to not being able to do more than 35. After replacing the named parts, I'm able to drive up to 55 again. But I still let my foot off the gas if I know a bump is coming. So really I can only do 50 safely. On fairly good road, I can get her up to 60. But I wouldn't want to go faster.
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