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Unread 08-21-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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Hello,
my ZJ (1998 5.9) is completely original, all bushes are in polyurethane and new.
Many kms done in highways since last may and no problems at all.
Yesterday, suddendly, my first terrific experience with death wobble. It's a miracle I'm still alive. It happened twice, the same morning on a highway at about 100-110 km/h.

I studied the problem on the web and I found so many topics and videos.

I wanna show you a short video of my track bar while steering is moving left and right. I noticed a very little "play" on both ends but I don't know if it is so little that can be considered normal. All other parts seems to be ok and still while steering.

Thanks for suggestions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzood-qRC0w

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Unread 08-21-2013, 09:48 AM   #2
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If i saw correctly the frame end has slightly more play then the axle end.its possible.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 09:50 AM   #3
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That trackbar is whipped! There should be no up and down movement at the balljoint end. None. Replace the steering stabilizer also.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:14 AM   #4
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TY. I did not think that a small play like that could affect in such an important way. The steering stabilizer is new. Do I need to replace the whole track bar or I can find only the ball joint?
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:37 AM   #5
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You need to replace the trackbar as a whole assembly. Get a good quality part, not the cheapest you can find.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:45 AM   #6
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Dana Spicer, talk to Kolak
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:50 AM   #7
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He's in Italy, shipping would just about break the bank.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:54 AM   #8
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He's in Italy, shipping would just about break the bank.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 11:02 AM   #9
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Yes: unfortunately I must do some search here in Italy. It's impossible to place an order from USA.
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Unread 10-03-2013, 12:18 PM   #10
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OK, track bar and all linkage are new! It seems DW is deafeted.
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Unread 10-03-2013, 09:06 PM   #11
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It's almost always the evil track bar.
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"And yes, there is always a torque spec...but its not necessary...and takes way to much time...."
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