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Unread 05-10-2011, 04:52 PM   #16
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I've had the DW since Aug and started out occasionally driving 40mph on a road with a lot of potholes. Then months later 90 mph coming home from out of town the car started wobbling violently. Ever since it's been happening at slower speeds like 65 and even at 30mph. So I replaced the steering stabilizer shock and now at any speed no DW. It's not a smooth ride but i bought a Jeep not a Cadillac. Someone post in the forum that with every DW more suspension parts can start to fatigue. Take it for what it's worth.

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Unread 05-10-2011, 05:50 PM   #17
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Mine would also stop after stabilizer shock replacements - but not for long.
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Unread 05-10-2011, 09:32 PM   #18
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I sugest everyone with this dangerous problem, report it here.. Jeep needs to built this **** out of better components, solid axle or not..

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/online.cfm
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Unread 07-18-2011, 09:11 AM   #19
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Well, I think my DW has mostly been eliminated after re-torquing the trackbar. The passenger side of the trake bar was OK (125#) but the driver side of the bar was only 100 ft #. I re-torqued both to 130 ft lbs and have not had any excessive DW for the past 3 months although I can tell at times it would like to start after hitting a bump, it dissipates instead of getting worse. Hard to believe 30 ft lbs of torque could make that much difference but it apparently did.
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Unread 07-18-2011, 09:25 AM   #20
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A steering satabilizer has ZERO...NADA to do with death wobble, hell, you don't even need one of the damn things if your suspension is set up correctly. It should never be a part of your solution.
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Unread 07-18-2011, 12:42 PM   #21
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I find it hard to believe that Jeep would go to the significant extra cost involved to put a steering stablizer on these things if they truly did nothing for the ride quality/handling. At $10 bucks a pop, or whatever they pay the supplier for them, times the hundreds of thousands of JKs sold... I don't see Jeep putting them on here just for looks.
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Unread 07-18-2011, 01:46 PM   #22
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I find it hard to believe that Jeep would go to the significant extra cost involved to put a steering stablizer on these things if they truly did nothing for the ride quality/handling. At $10 bucks a pop, or whatever they pay the supplier for them, times the hundreds of thousands of JKs sold... I don't see Jeep putting them on here just for looks.
He was emphasizing that a SS isn't a cure for death wobble. It's there to dampen feedback while wheeling rocky trails or from bumps in the road.
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Unread 07-18-2011, 02:49 PM   #23
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I find it hard to believe that Jeep would go to the significant extra cost involved to put a steering stablizer on these things if they truly did nothing for the ride quality/handling.
Think of a steering stabilizer like taking any kind of cold medicine; it doesn't cure the cold, it just masks the symptoms.
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Unread 07-19-2011, 11:37 AM   #24
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Steering stabilizer--zero impact. You don't even need one.
While a bad stabilizer won't cause DW, it will hide it until the DW damages the stabilizer. That's why most dealers think replacing the stabilizer "fixes" it. All that happens is the DW is hidden again until the new stabilizer dies but this time more damage has been done to other components.

My dealer replaced the stabilizer and I can still feel the front end trying to start the DW but the new stabilizer won't let it. I'm replacing most of my front suspension with a lift kit (springs are backordered ) which will truly cure my DW.
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Unread 07-19-2011, 01:03 PM   #25
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No lift can cure dw. It isn't the lift, it's stuff coming loose that causes it. Buy a torque wrench and learn to use it and say goodby to dw..dw is more noticeable in lifted jeeps but can occur even in stock solid axle jeeps and trucks. Number 1 cause seems to be loose tracbar ends.
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Unread 07-19-2011, 01:46 PM   #26
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No lift can cure dw. It isn't the lift, it's stuff coming loose that causes it. Buy a torque wrench and learn to use it and say goodby to dw..dw is more noticeable in lifted jeeps but can occur even in stock solid axle jeeps and trucks. Number 1 cause seems to be loose tracbar ends.
Have a torque wrench, know how to use it and dw was still there.

I should have worded that last sentence better though. The lift kit has many new brackets and bolts which will replace any worn out ones. If the trackbar bushings are damaged I'll replace the trackbar as well while things are apart. That will cure my dw.
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