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Unread 11-04-2009, 07:02 AM   #1
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My Experience with the Death Wobbles

I have a stock 98 TJ Wrangler with a 4 cylinder.
It had 235 /70 / 16 street tires on it, it drove great,
no wobbles, shakes, pulling, nothing.
Being a true Jeep owner I had to change things.
I bought a set of used tires and rims, size 31 x 10.5 x 15
in very good shape.
I put them on, go for a ride and have my 1st experience
with the death wobbles. (I'm sure it was a mild case)
I go back home get on the computer and start
searching info on the D.W.
Found a lot of good info.
So I decide I'm going to drive it 50 or 60 miles and let
the Jeep computer reset and solve the problem.
(just kidding)
I pull it back in the garage pull all 4 tires, clean all
the dirt out of every little nook and cranny,
before I installed them the 1st time I cleaned them
but not really that good.
Then I wire brushed the surface where the rims touch
the hubs on the axles.
I also rotated the back wheels to the front, of course
put the front on the back.
I drove the exact same road and it drove perfect.
Just like it drove with the smaller tires.
That's my story on the death wobbles.
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Vance

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Unread 11-04-2009, 07:24 AM   #2
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Unread 11-04-2009, 08:16 AM   #3
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I'm guessing not DW .. but out of balance wheel wobble. Did it happen at 50 mph ?
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Unread 11-04-2009, 08:58 AM   #4
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I'm guessing not DW .. but out of balance wheel wobble. Did it happen at 50 mph ?
Yes it did, but would shake the whole Jeep.
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Unread 11-04-2009, 09:47 AM   #5
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That's tire wobble. Death wobble makes you crap your pants then cry.
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Unread 11-04-2009, 10:07 AM   #6
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That's tire wobble. Death wobble makes you crap your pants then cry.
X2. Along with any other drivers that happen to be nearby at the time.
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Unread 11-04-2009, 10:14 AM   #7
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It never fails that someone always insists you must have seen your life flash before your eyes or it was not death wobble.

What fixed the problem is the important topic here, not what the name of the condition was.
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Unread 11-04-2009, 10:33 AM   #8
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What fixed the problem is the important topic here, not what the name of the condition was.

And that would seem to be putting the probably unbalanced wheels on the rear, and replacing them with the better balanced ones that happened to be at the back.
I would suspect he has a small amount of play somewhere in the steering linkage causing the unbalanced wheel wobble to be exaggerated thru the rest of the Jeep.
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That's tire wobble. Death wobble makes you crap your pants then cry.
LMAO!!!!!!.. yup, that's it!
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Unread 11-04-2009, 01:53 PM   #10
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I had a pretty severe tire wobble a while back. The guys at Tire Barn recommended what they call "Road Force" balancing. It's where they balance the inside and the outside of the tire. I know most tire balancing places will only put weights on the inside of the tire for aesthetics purpose. These guys did the "Road Force" and bam-o, no more tire wobble that had been plaguing me for almost a year.
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