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post #1 of 19 Old 09-23-2010, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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2006 Jeep Wrangler Death Wobble

Has anyone heard of a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Death Wobble. It occurs after hitting a bump going between 40-50 miles per hour. Thought the problem was unbalanced wheels, had that taken care of a still does the shaking. Read somewhere that a owner had his steering damper replaced, and it fixed the problem for a little while. Any help anyone??? Thank you in advance for your input.

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my '06 had death wobble. a front end alignment fixed it. is yours lifted? what size tires? what size & offset of rims? do you have a heavy duty bumper and/or winch? did you replace your pitman arm? give us more info on your rig.

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Not really sure on the back spacing on the wheels, but the rims are 17" with 265 70 R17. No lift
Not custom front bumper
Did not change the pitman arm
Thanks for the help
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I had the same type of issue for a while.

It was almost bad enough to rip the wheel out of my hand.

After taking a good, hard look, I noticed that the front tires were "cupped". (lack of rotation on previous owner's AND my part)

I rotated front tires to rear and viola, problem solved.
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i would have the front alignment checked and adjusted if needed.

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You'll get better responses if you post this in the TJ Tech forum.

DW is typically caused by the trackbar needing rebuilding/replacing/tightening. Unbalanced tires, misalignment and seriously loose joints can also add to this.

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I have a 2006 TJ and had the same problem. I had the tires road force balanced and rotated and it stopped.
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Mine was solved by a new steering dampener.
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Allignment straitened mine right out
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Has anyone heard of a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Death Wobble. It occurs after hitting a bump going between 40-50 miles per hour. Thought the problem was unbalanced wheels, had that taken care of a still does the shaking. Read somewhere that a owner had his steering damper replaced, and it fixed the problem for a little while. Any help anyone??? Thank you in advance for your input.

Steven
i have a 1998 jeep wrangler and i had that same problem .. put new tired rides like a cloud if thats any help to you
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Steering stabilizer.
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-06-2010, 03:49 PM
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steering stabilizers help, but most times it will just mask what could be something more, like a bent tire rod, tires/rims unbalanced, ****ed control arm etc.

check, and then double check all the hardware first, then get it aligned, and then add a steering stabilizer.

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post #13 of 19 Old 11-06-2010, 11:15 PM
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I had a wobble that was terrible with mine(97) a alignment and dual skyjacker steering stabilizers fixed it.
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Check list:
1. Check alignment.
2. Check Tire balance and bent wheels
3. Check Track Bar bushing and rod end
4. Check control arm bushings
5. Steering stabilizer

Being you have the common 40-45 mph wobble if the rig is not wandering or pulling at other speeds your alignment is probably okay.

Jeep tires go out of balance all the time, but they are out of balance at all speeds, not just 40-45 mph

Track Bar bushings on the axle end are famous for causing DW. Also check the frame end for looseness. No play should be felt.

Control arm bushings can go out really quick if you ever hit the trails. Just a little play there is gonna give you the 40-45 mph boogie-wooky you have.

Don't spend fortunes on a steering stabilizer. Monroe makes one for 30 bucks that works great. Pep boys sells them. ST2928 part number IIRC But remember, the stabilizer is only a mask if you have other issues. Being you have a 5 year old Jeep just replace it.

Track Bar issues and ruined stock control arm bushings are the number one culprit. And absolutely a 2006 Jeep can get DW fast if any of those components are bad. Other issues that can cause it are the ball joints on your knuckles and the wheel bearings.

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NO NO NO!

Steering stabilizer NEVER IS and NEVER WILL BE a cause of death wobble. It's just there as a convenience to "dampen" the road feel through the wheel.

It may "fix" your wobble... temporarily but there is something else you are covering up.

I drove my Jeep on 40s with NO STABILIZER with no problems for over 1000 miles.

Because my front end is set up RIGHT and it is TIGHT.

Read this and get edumucated

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/en...ng-read-663777

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