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Unread 10-17-2011, 10:58 AM   #121
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My issue is not DW. It is a shimmy that starts at 40MPH smooths out around 50 and starts again above 72.
Wheels have been balanced twice. Rotated. Smoothed out some after rotation but came back.
The shimmy started when I went from the stock tires to 37's. Lift is 2.5" RK. Shocks are Bilstein 5100's recommended by RK.
Just 10K miles on my JK. <7 on lift kit.
All the bolts are torqued.
One thing I haven't tried it backing of the control arm bolts and re-torquing on level ground.
Any other ideas?

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Unread 10-18-2011, 01:40 AM   #122
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you probably need a lot more forward castor, esp. with that big of tires.
If you don't have enough castor it will be like a shopping cart's wheels.
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Unread 10-18-2011, 03:51 AM   #123
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My issue is not DW. It is a shimmy that starts at 40MPH smooths out around 50 and starts again above 72.
Wheels have been balanced twice. Rotated. Smoothed out some after rotation but came back.
The shimmy started when I went from the stock tires to 37's. Lift is 2.5" RK. Shocks are Bilstein 5100's recommended by RK.
Just 10K miles on my JK. <7 on lift kit.
All the bolts are torqued.
One thing I haven't tried it backing of the control arm bolts and re-torquing on level ground.
Any other ideas?
I had a similar shimmy that went away when I upgraded my ball joints... my be worth the check to see if your weak stock ones have gone bad.
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Unread 10-18-2011, 08:01 AM   #124
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was it a dealer installed lift?
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Unread 10-18-2011, 08:17 AM   #125
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My issue is not DW. It is a shimmy that starts at 40MPH smooths out around 50 and starts again above 72.
Wheels have been balanced twice. Rotated. Smoothed out some after rotation but came back.
The shimmy started when I went from the stock tires to 37's. Lift is 2.5" RK. Shocks are Bilstein 5100's recommended by RK.
Just 10K miles on my JK. <7 on lift kit.
All the bolts are torqued.
One thing I haven't tried it backing of the control arm bolts and re-torquing on level ground.
Any other ideas?
Have you done each of the steps in post #2 of this thread?

Yes. You need to loosen the track bar and control arm bolts, vigorously rock the vehicle, and then retorque everything at the correct ride height.

What you describe could be from feathered or cupped tires, bad front upper control arm bushings, failing to remove the lug retainer clips before wheel spacers or aftermarket wheels are used, worn ball joints, poorly torqued or failing drag link or tie rod ends, etc., etc.

You have to inspect everything at once. Fixing individual sources at random lead to chasing your tail. For example, if you drive that way for long, you will feather or cup your tires, and you will still have a shimmy from tires with uneven wear after fixing the original source of the problem.
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Unread 10-18-2011, 08:27 AM   #126
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Self installed lift. Not dealer installed.
Tires are not cupped yet.
Haven't tried carer adjust yet.
I'll do the loosen and shake for the control arms today when I get home from work.
I have to do the "tests" to see if the ball joints are worn already.
I hope not. They can be a PITA to replace.
I'll start with the easy stuff and go from there.
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Unread 10-18-2011, 11:01 AM   #127
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I have a shimmy too that gets pretty ruff at times. gana go thru everything as soon as i get a day off. i think my tie rod ends might be junk they have quite a bit of play other then that i hope nothing else is worn
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Unread 10-22-2011, 12:15 PM   #128
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Loosing, followed by a rockabybaby shakeitupbaby and torque up did the trick. Got her to 70 before I realized I was red lining 3rd. Had Classic Rewind maxed out. Got up to 80 on the highway. Haven't been there since the gears and tires were first put on last April.
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Unread 10-22-2011, 12:24 PM   #129
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has anybody heard of a shimmy being way worse in the rain? i still need to get mine in the garage and figure it out but i think its a bad balance
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Unread 11-22-2011, 12:49 PM   #130
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Haven't seen anyone speak to this yet - as such I have a question about Rear Trackbars and shimmies.

I'm assuming the answer is that it doesn't really come into play (simply because it's not in Planman's list) - but wanted to make sure it wasn't a contributing factor.

Could a rear trackbar have any bearing on a shimmy? Since moving from a 2.5" BB to a set of 3.5-4" coil lift, I've replaced the front track bar, but left the rear stock with the relocated track bar mount (from the 2.5" BB RC kit).

Should I be looking to replace that as a mitigator to the shimmy I'm experiencing? I still plan on completing Planman's checklist this weekend, would like to add that to the mix (to do it right - all at once) if it could be a contributing factor. (My money is on my ball joints!)

The shimmy itself is bump-steer induced, no consistent speed range, experienced anywhere between 30-70mph.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Unread 11-22-2011, 07:18 PM   #131
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A loose rear trackbar will cause problems, but not a front end shimmy.
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Unread 11-22-2011, 11:07 PM   #132
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When I've had DW, I CANNOT CONTROL MY JEEP!
I slow down to ~45 (on the interstate!), regain control, then cruise at 55 until I hit another seam in the road, repeat...
First time, Jeep put a new, bigger SS on... worked for about 2 years, then it started again out of town (95 north at Quantico, if you know Virginia/DC)
I checked everything on this EXCELLENT list, and nothing was obvious.
I took it to the dealer to have a $45 front end alignment done, and no DW since! WOO HOO
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Unread 11-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #133
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When I've had DW, I CANNOT CONTROL MY JEEP!
I slow down to ~45 (on the interstate!), regain control, then cruise at 55 until I hit another seam in the road, repeat...
First time, Jeep put a new, bigger SS on... worked for about 2 years, then it started again out of town (95 north at Quantico, if you know Virginia/DC)
I checked everything on this EXCELLENT list, and nothing was obvious.
I took it to the dealer to have a $45 front end alignment done, and no DW since! WOO HOO
You just had a normal wobble caused by the bad alignment. It wasn't DW if just slowing down to 45 stopped it.

When you have real DW you need to bring the vehicle to a complete stop to make the shaking stop.
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Unread 11-23-2011, 04:43 PM   #134
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You just had a normal wobble caused by the bad alignment. It wasn't DW if just slowing down to 45 stopped it.

When you have real DW you need to bring the vehicle to a complete stop to make the shaking stop.
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Unread 11-25-2011, 06:57 PM   #135
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In attempt to get rid of my wobble (that developed after I moved from a 2.5" BB to a 4" coil setup), I ran through the checklist today, did everything sans the brake calipers and disks step.

The only thing I found was play in the tie-rod ends, both on the pitman arm side and the passenger steering knuckle side. They both moved about an 1/8" when I put a wrench to it.

Also adjusted the tire pressure from ~32 to 30 and rotated tires. I took a test drive for about 30 miles with the steering stablizer removed and experienced severe wobbles (worst I've ever experienced) requiring me to drop to about (I think) 20mph each time to come out of the wobble (3 times total). Came home, verified the torque on all trackbar and lower control arm bolts again (all still 125). Reattached the stablizer and ran the same course of roads, did not experience any wobbling. Clearly the stablizer is doing it's job, however I wanna fix the underlying cause still.

Will replace the drag link on both sides and report back.
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