Join Date: Aug 2011
Death Wobble came back at full force. Hit about 40 and the slightest bump and it instantaneously went into bezerk mode. First I notice a lot of play in the tie rod and an odd dead/rough spot in it when twisting it. I could tell it was the outer plus the grease inside, which I had just recently greased, was black and metallic. So I swap that for the Napa TRE off my bent ZJ rod. Tie rod no longer had play and I thought I was out of the woods. Off for dinner and it's worse then before. Now I'm worried I'm not getting to work in the AM (I commute 1/2-1 hour, depending whose house I leave from, at 6 AM). I start checking bolts, only finding a slightly loose lower CA bolt and snugging up the others. Then we start thinking the tires look odd. Go to check alignment and it was over 1" toe-in (ironically we thought it was toed out looking at it). I hadn't bothered re-aligning it after mounting the MT/R's since it was dead on before. Glad the DW arose before it damaged the new tires. Adjusted it several times, taking it up the block and back each time to see where it'd settle. Got it to 3/16" in, adjusted it out a hair, and took it for a final spin out to the I-85 overpass and back (the area I had had repeated DW earlier), pretty much letting the wheel do what it wanted. It'd only occasionally lightly shimmy, and killed itself out with no input from me after only a second or two. I'm not convinced it won't return, but we got it for now and I can go to work in the morning.
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