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post #1 of 10 Old 06-27-2010, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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my new to me TJ, front end problem

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Bought a one owner 97 TJ with 110K on it. It has a 2 1/2 rancho lift kit on it with 33 x 9.5 on factory wheels. Drove fine until it got to 57 MPH then could not hardley keep it on the road. Shook like hell from 57 to about 61 then smoothed out for the most part. I know I have a broken rear coil spring, not sure if that will effect the front end or not. Looking for someplace to start.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-27-2010, 06:55 PM
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You found the problem or one of them.That thing has rusted bad.Your missing a bumpstop also.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-27-2010, 06:56 PM
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Check everything for wear/excess play and have the tires balanced. It's a start and will rule out alot. Also, it's not related, but in your first pic it looks like you're missing a bumpstop.

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-27-2010, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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You found the problem or one of them.That thing has rusted bad.Your missing a bumpstop also.
Hi What has rusted bad?? Anything stands out besides the missing bumper stop?

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post #5 of 10 Old 06-27-2010, 07:37 PM
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Hi What has rusted bad?? Anything stands out besides the missing bumper stop?

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I meant the underside of the Jeep has rusted bad but I see it is a snow plower.You need a new spring and you have a bumpstop missing.
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I meant the underside of the Jeep has rusted bad but I see it is a snow plower.You need a new spring and you have a bumpstop missing.
Hi Prryan, yes it came from Northern Michigan. The front end parts are rusty. Im thinking of dropping it back down some and using smaller tires. I have all summer to get this ready for the winter as it will be my driveway jeep. I also have a Yj and its a great truck for driveways.

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post #7 of 10 Old 06-27-2010, 07:54 PM
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Didn't you notice that you have a broken spring?...

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post #8 of 10 Old 06-27-2010, 08:07 PM
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Usually, a vibration that has a related speed band can be tire balance, in your case 57 to 61MPH. Many folks have found that TJ's need tires to be as close to 0/0 balance as possible. One way to test is to swap the front tires to the back and see if the vibration changes. The rear spring may have failed due to not only rust but from coil bind from the missing bumpstop. If it were my Jeep, I think I'd go through the suspension and replace anything questionable. I wouldn't drive at speed with that broken spring.

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Didn't you notice that you have a broken spring?...
Yes Knucklehead I was aware of the broken spring, its one of the first things to be replaced.

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… Looking for someplace to start…
Quit driving the vehicle until the spring is replaced.
Replace both rear springs.
Replace missing bump stop.
Balance tires.
Thoroughly inspect all suspension components and replace as necessary.

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