I'm a novice wrencher to say the least. I can do most repairs if I follow a manual or writeup but I've always struggled with suspension. Half of that has to do with having the space and right tools to work with. But this weekend I was pleasantly surprised that $10 and 2 hours of work solved a problem that I have struggled with for almost 3 years.
Since I bought my TJ I've had a pretty serious steering / suspension problem. Always had a little wobble above 50mph (just knuckle whitening enough to take the wife's car when I highway travel for long distances was required) and bumpsteer that puts those rice burner drifters to shame.
Like an idiot, one by one I replaced nearly every suspension component. Some needed replacement, some I did for convenience because I was already under the jeep and some because I never had a firm understanding of how the suspension components worked together. Neither did the dealership for that matter who was convinced that my wobble / bumpsteer woes were a faulty steering box.
But after replacing a slightly leaking steering box on my own and having the problem persist, I dropped every single component to have a look at bushings. Low and behold, I found a well hidden crack, all the way through the track bar bushings.
So this weekend, for $10 in parts from quadratec:
And two hours of work following this writeup:
My steering / wobble problems are completely gone. Granted, maybe there were some other factors at play that may have been addressed before, but never in my life have I had such a cheap part & easy install make such a world of difference. It's like I'm driving a brand new jeep.
Thought this might be a helpful post for anyone searching for information related to bump steer and death wobble.
My problem: Track Bar Bushings.
Visibly there was no play, it wasn't until I actually disconnected the track bar from the axle mount and saw the well hidden crack in the bushing that the problem presented itself.
Hope this helps someone! Let's just say I'm f*%#ing thrilled to have finally figured this problem out.