Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Orange County, Ca.
DW - Death Wobble - Trac-Bar Bracket Question
Purchased used, lifted TJ - 99 4 cyl. I've had it a while now, over a year. Rarely drive it on the road. Recently, I replaced the clutch etc. First time I took it on the road after replacing the clutch, I got horrible Death Wobble. Figured it had something to do with the clutch replacement, but I haven't seen anything wrong. Since that first Wobble it was ok the few short trips I took on pavement (less than 3 miles).
I had to get it smogged, 20 miles, fine until I got to town, hit a bump in the road and got the horrible Death Wobble again. 4 more times while I was in town, then nothing all the way home.
I've been searching the internet and most of the time the Death Wobble seems to be caused by something worn out in the front suspension, usually the Trac-bar bushings.
I did a dry turn test, looking at the trac-bar closely. It looks like the person that put the lift on, also added a trac-bar bracket extension. The entire extension bracket pivots around the bracket mounting bolt. It moves a lot. There is a second hole in the bracket that looks like a second mount location but there doesn't appear to be a hole in the Jeep bracket to put a bolt through.
So, very long question just a little shorter, should this mounting bracket extension have a second hole with bolt to keep it from pivoting? How about the stabilizer, looks like it may have been leaking (oily dust covered).
Also, I put some new (used) tires in the back recently, had them balanced, but could that be doing this?
Thanks in advance,