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post #1 of 9 Old 02-17-2015, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Shipped Jeep to Europe - Now Has Vibration Issues

Hey Guys...hoping you can help me out with an issue I am having after relocating to Europe and deciding to bring the Jeep ('97 XJ) with me.

Prior to shipping, I had shims installed and new u-joints put in the driveshaft, to help reduce vibration (already have a SYE kit installed...lift is 3.5"). The Jeep was running like butter upon bringing it to port in the US.

However, after receiving the Jeep in Europe and hitting the highway, the vibration is absolutely terrible...kicking in at about 30mph. It is exactly the same vibration as before installing the SYE, yet even worse.

The Jeep was on the ship for roughly 1 1/2 months, but I am not sure what could have caused / what is causing the issue.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-17-2015, 09:47 AM
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The only thing I can think of is rust in the u joints or a shim getting moved around.
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-17-2015, 12:04 PM
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x2 ^

With all that rolling around in the north Atlantic winter, if the U-bolts
weren't as tight as they should be, the shims could have slipped. So,
check the angle position and retighten.

It is recommended to retighten u-bolts a week or two after a new install
when the leaves, axle and u-bolts have all settled into position.
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-17-2015, 01:44 PM
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I'd also check to see if it looks like any tire balance weights are missing.

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The Jeep still might have sea legs from that long boat ride. A greasy pork chop and a cigarette oughta fix that. I'd say check what the above posts say about rusty U joints. That damp salty ocean air can get in the tiniest, most annoying places. We ran into rust issues constantly when I used to work on the ocean. Felt like I was greasing junk everyday...


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Rotate tires to see if they are involved.
Remove rear drive shaft and drive in 4Hi to see if the drive shaft and or u-joints are involved.
Same for front drive shaft (but in 2WD )
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-26-2015, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks a lot for the help here guys.

Two more amateur questions for you. Anyone know of any good articles on here for installing u-bolts in the driveshaft? Likewise for shims?

I've never actually taken that type of thing on myself, so any help would be really useful.
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Youtube has lots of videos on each topic.
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-26-2015, 01:15 PM
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If you would like articles with pictures, here are a couple to look at for
replacing driveshaft U-joints and for driveshaft overhaul (TJ is similar to the XJ).
http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/ujoint2/ujoint-1.htm
http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/driv...iveshaft-1.htm
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