This is a great thread - thanks!!
I am fighting death wobble right now. I just fitted 2 inch spring spacers (as a temporary lift until I can afford 3" IRO) and now I have instant death wobble (never had it before). I have checked for play in all suspension components and the only thing that I could really find was excess play in the TRE on the knuckle end of the drag link. Initially I discounted this as the cause because everywhere else on the internerd I have read about DW nobody has mentioned TREs. This is the first time I have read about it - thanks to this pole I will now change the TRE and hopefully conquor the dreaded DW - then I will vote.
A big thanks from me!!!
Ok so my tie rod end didn't arrive today (thanks a lot Australia Post - 1 day guaranteed delivery my ball bag!!!). I did get new tyres and a wheel alignment though and I can't make a death wobble happen now!!
I upgraded tyres from 235/65/17 HTs to 265/70/17 chunky ATs (ie. 29s to 32s).
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I'm not convinced that this has cured
my death wobble. I think that the bigger, chunkier tyres absorb the road undulations and any attempt of DW to try and start. I can still feel the steering wheel flutter every now and then but it dies away very quickly.
I haven't voted because I'm not convinced I have cured DW. I still have a shot TRE, shot steering damper, 4 shot shockies, stock track bar and bushes and very flexy stock control arm bushes. I think I have only masked DW for now but at least I'll be able to drive 5 hours up the coast tomorrow.
My theory is that DW is caused by too much play in the whole front end setup. There may be one single item that, when replaced, reduces the amount of play in the front end enough to not allow death wobble to happen, it may require a combination of parts to be replaced. My theory anyway, for what it's worth.
I hope my story helps and good luck...