post #1 of Old 04-22-2013, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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better crosslink for bigger tires?

So I went to get an alignment done because I had a slight death wobble. The mechanic showed me bad ball joints on the passenger side which I believe is the sole cause. I had the same exact setup and experienced no DW . Yet he told me that because of the small lift and 31" tires the crosslink needs to be replaced. He could physically move it. Because of that he told me that could also cause death wobble.

I guess my question is...since I want to upgrade to 33 " skinny tires someday is this something I should seriously consider right now? (Replacing crosslink?)

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post #2 of Old 04-22-2013, 04:46 AM
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So I went to get an alignment done because I had a slight death wobble. The mechanic showed me bad ball joints on the passenger side which I believe is the sole cause. I had the same exact setup and experienced no DW . Yet he told me that because of the small lift and 31" tires the crosslink needs to be replaced. He could physically move it. Because of that he told me that could also cause death wobble.

I guess my question is...since I want to upgrade to 33 " skinny tires someday is this something I should seriously consider right now? (Replacing crosslink?)
Do you mean the steering bar that connects to the driver side knuckle? That's called the tie rod.

The bar that bolts to the steering box is the drag link.

It wouldn't hurt if you replaced it. A cheap upgrade is to use ZJ parts. You need three parts:
Driver side tie rod end. (Bolts to knuckle)
Passenger side tie rod. (Bolts to drag link)
Connecting sleeve. (The adjustment sleeve)
Somebody else can probably help with part #'s.
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I was repeating what the guy said. As he was saying it I didn't think he was using the correct term but I myself was blanking. Thank you for the reply. I will definitely look into that
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post #4 of Old 04-22-2013, 07:04 AM
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I ran the stock steering on 33s for over two years. I sometimes had a slight shimmy that I think was a tire balance issue but never death wobble.

If your stock stuff is worn out and has play, now would be the time to upgrade especially if you plan on off road use.
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