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post #1 of 3 Old 01-19-2010, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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More Death Wobble Fun?

Just wanted to ask a few questions:

Has anyone fixed death wobble with repairs to the rear suspension?

Since my lift I always had a little shimmy when I hit a bump, I thought it was just the nature of running flexjoints on all ends. It did resemble the Death wobble effect without the progressive increase to uncontrol; I found something over the weekend that I thought was nothing but it firmed up the Jeeps ride a bunch.

Apparently when I assembled my joints, one of them had torqued and not settled properly leaving a space for the ball to have about 1/8" of play. It wasn't noticeable on the ground but when I unloaded the joint you could move the ball in the joint. I re-torqued and it's a whole new Jeep.
So I thought if one joint having 1/8" of play could raise this much hell; I wonder what another thing, like the rear trackbar, would do?

Now it wasn't the only thing I did in that time; I did have the front LCA mount skids installed. This leads me to another question. Could this have been a problem as well?

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...uuuhhhh...what's the question?

No, I have not had rear end adjustment fix Death Wobble, as it is commonly defined. I have had fun stuff in the rear end cause other fun wobbles, and it sounds like you tracked some down. ? Having a loose rear track bar is an interesting drive. LCA skids could contribute to DW if the LCA bolts weren't tightened. If you can get 1/8" of play when you wiggle something by hand, imagine how far it can travel with the force of the Jeep behind it? That's why it's important to check the tightness of bolts with wrenches, not just wiggling by hand.

I guess the bottom line for everyone is: crawl under your Jeep and tighten everything up on a regular basis, especially after mods.

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LOL: I tried to put "?" where they were supposed to be. I get long winded on the keyboard.

The funny thing about my joints, they were torqued at the bolt to spec. The joint itself was loose; with the LCA installed and loaded it appeared to operated as advertized. It wasn't until I disconnected it from the axle that you could see the movement. I would have never guessed, I've lubed it several times since the install too.

When checking links I would add; if you have flex joints you might want to unload the joint (e.g. unbolt or jack from the frame and let the suspension droop) and check the condition of the joint itself.

Jeep School got it but for the others, the short question is: Has anyone looked into the rear suspension to fix a Death Wobble problem?

Question two: Could the OEM LCA mounts in front be flexing enought to contribute to the DW?

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