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post #16 of 18 Old 05-26-2016, 07:15 PM
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Also stearing stabilizer alone will not fix death wobble, and they seldom ever wear out, so don't waste your money there. If you must there is a RC one on Amazon that is beefier than the stock..

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post #17 of 18 Old 05-27-2016, 05:11 PM
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I replaced my steering damper with the basic monroe damper that you can get at any parts store for about $25. Even that one is about 3x beefier than the stock one i pulled out.

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post #18 of 18 Old 05-31-2016, 08:30 AM
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I just finished completely rebuilding the front end of my '99 since it was also exhibiting DW. If you are doing it yourself, it's not that bad, except for the upper control arm bushings on the axle. Those are a major pain in the ***. I replaced all rubber with poly. An air chisel makes it pretty easy work to get the old bushings out. an easier option for the control arms is the buy new ones with the bushings already put in. I did the upper control arm/axle side with the axle still in. If I had to do it again, I would probably drop the axle. Another option would be to do everything except the UCA/axle side and take it to a shop for that piece. If you don't use poly, you will have to get a ball joint press to get the old ones out/new ones in. With poly, you reuse the metal sleeves and most people push the metal pin out and burn the bushing out. That's what I did. For me, complete list was:
Lower control arm bushing: repalced with poly
Upper control arm bushings: replaced with poly.
replaced all other front linkages: tie rods and track bar
replaced steering damper
Replaced axle ujoints: mine were toast. did the driveshaft at the same time
replaced ball joints: mine were toast
repalced shocks all around.

torquing the lower control arm bolts is a pain. they are spec'd to 133 ft/lbs. Had to use a ratchet strap to get a few of them since you want the vehicle on the ground with the full weight before you tighten those guys.

If I did it agin, I owuld just go stock rubber and skip the poly. The thrust washers on the upper control arms just don't seem to fit correctly. All others were very easy once the old bushings came out.

Front end is solid now.
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