i have been a jeep owner for over five years now and the reason i bought my jeep was how good it handled compared to the others i test drove. It always drove straight and smooth down the highway up to about 90MPH (which i dont normally do, but hey, gotta try it out once right)
Specifics of my model are in my sig, but i have a 97 sport, 2.5 inch spacer, 1.25 bl, otherwise mostly stock save for some bumpers etc.
I have developed a shimmy or shake in the front end. it is minor at speeds under 50 but from 50-70 or so it is fairly pronounced. the jeep also shakes a little bit when coming to a stop, regardless of whether i use the tranny to slow down or apply the brakes.
I decided to replace my tie rod ends as there seemed to be a little play, and hoped that would be the issue. Well it isnt. (ps getting the old tie rods off was a *****, had to heat it up)
At any rate, do you guys have any insight, i have read through dozens of threads here but everyone has slightly different problems and no one mentioned a shake when slowing down.
is it possible it is just tires? i have 33" trxus mt's. Three of the four have great tread, one of them scalloped a little bit. Should i balance them and hope that is my problem? alignment? ball joint? wheel bearing? steering dampener? etc. etc. etc
I havent been on here in like two years, but i have always gotten great advice from you all and i appreciate it.
It could very well be the tires. I know the tires on my 2003 were pretty cupped when I bought it. I've been slowly going about changing the front end parts (tie-rods, drag link, etc) as most of my components were starting to show their age. I moved the worse tires to the rear of the Jeep but I still get some steering wheel vibes over 40 MPH. Once I get all the bits replaced on the front I'll be getting new tires and an alignment. I don't have any issues currently with Death Wobble but I'm not taking any chances and I'm replacing anything that's worn.
As others will tell you the steering dampener will only mask your problems; fix all the other parts before you worry about the dampener.
I took it to get tires balanced today and they basically said I was sol. He said each tire needed at least 16 oz of weight to balance. He said this isn't unusual with interco tires since they are so heavy.
Is it likely the tires are my problem? Outer tie rod ends are new.