Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Thompson Falls, Montana
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You are not alone. Although I've managed to keep mine from full on death wobble, I've tried everything (twice) to rid myself of the annoying jiggle. Search my other posts if you want more info on my story.
You can check the ball joints by jacking up one of the front tires, and using a prybar/pipe/2x4 to "pry" up and down on the lifted wheel. Any play of clunking means that they are definitely bad.
You can also reveal bad ball joints by having a couple of buddies shake the Jeep side-to-side HARD, like hard enough to scoot the tires on the ground a bit each way. If the joints are bad you'll be able to observe any play in them.
I've also had luck having someone wag the steering wheel back and forth a bit (enough to move the steering and suspension components) This can reveal movement in the track bar, rod ends, ball joints, etc...
'76 CJ-7, '43 CJ-2a, '78 Bronco,'78 CJ-7, '75 CJ-5, '78 CJ-7, '80 CJ-7, '78 SJ, '79 SJ, '78 and a '76 FJ-40 , '90 XJ, '91 XJ, '86 CJ-7, '95 ZJ, '68 CJ-101 Commando, '00 TJ, '68 M-715, 2 '86 Military Blazers, '96 LR Discovery, '86 CJ-7, '91 YJ, '99 TJ, 07' JKU Rubi, 1988 YJ, 1973 Commando, 3 Diesel Excursions....
Now back to a 2013 JKU Rubicon with "stuff", planning 37's with minimal lift.
I've tried them all... Jeeps are still the best. (0||||0)