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Unread 11-22-2011, 06:52 AM   #1
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start of death wob

I have 2011 jk recently lifted 2.5 and in the last 3 weeks had start of death wob. 18000 miles, front axle only off center 3/16 or so. Everything tight.Lower front control arm issue? Any suggestions?

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Unread 11-23-2011, 06:48 PM   #2
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balance tires
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Unread 11-25-2011, 06:31 PM   #3
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Lower it
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Unread 03-23-2012, 02:15 PM   #4
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Since it's still relatively new (including the tires presumably?) and the DW's are just starting, I would rotate the tires front to back and see if that helps.
Even though in extreme cases you can still feel it in the rear, if it's only one bad tire causing the issue then it should go away as long as that tire stays on the rear axle. If it gets rotated back to the front axle, you'll just get the same symptoms starting over under the same circumstances.

At what point is it starting currently? Just when you get to a certain speed on the same road? Any time? Or somewhere in-between?

Good luck. It's not fun, but it can be fixed.

Paul
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Unread 03-26-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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Like was suggested earlier rotate the tires and see if it stops the DW. If it doesn't your steering stabilizer probably needs to be replaced. Was it replaced when the lift was done? Does it DW at any speed or does it start at somewhere around 50-54 MPH. Jeep Wranglers developed harmonic resonance at 52-53 MPH. On an exceptionally smooth road you may be able to drive faster before it starts but as soon as you hit a bump...there it is. Over the years I've had to replace mine a couple of times. You can get a replacement steering stabilizer for $35 - $75.00 (depending on brand and quality level) and it takes less than 1/2 hour to do.
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Unread 03-26-2012, 04:58 PM   #6
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Check the alignment, especially Toe. If it was a little out, it may be way out after the lift. Too much toe in will certainly set you up for DW.
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Unread 03-27-2012, 02:20 PM   #7
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I agree with the previous post. Get an alignment. After installing the lift, your first stop should be the alignment shop. If your DW doesn't go away after that, start looking at other things, have your tires balanced & rotated, check trac bar bushings, compare the angle of the trac bar to the draglink, they should be parallel to each other for proper steering geometry. Do not replace your steering stabilizer to cure your DW. This is NOT a cause of it, and replacing it will only hide it for so long. If all your front end is good, tight, & properly aligned; your steering stabilizer would not really be necessary.

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Unread 06-16-2012, 09:48 PM   #8
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I am having the same problem on lifted 08 rubicon I suspect it a toe problem in the alignment as well I will update as soon as I have a six
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Unread 07-06-2012, 09:52 AM   #9
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A friend of mine was having the same issue on his jk. After a 3" lift and an alignment. Turns out it was his front axle u joints which he took back to chrysler and had replaced under warranty.
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