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Old 03-03-2012, 05:33 PM
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Default Death wobble just scared the crap out of me

Wow, what a scary feeling.

I just found out what the "death wobble" was.

I had my tie rods and ball joints replaced a couple of weeks ago, and have made a great improvement. These parts here (but with ball joints for my truck): http://www.ebay.com/itm/330678645032...9#ht_874wt_961
I've had my speed up with no issue after this installed.

I just had my 5" rough country lift put on, along with a skyjacker dual steering stabelizer. First (and only) time I took my truck up to about 50+ my front end started shaking like crazy.

I'm doing as much reading as I can, but must be a dumbass. Is this likely caused by my trackbar? or did my trackbar already get replaced by the above items?

Also, any tips on how to pinpoint the issue?

I haven't had an alignment yet, as my new tires should arrive next week. Is this the reason? Also, I'm reading that I need to find an alignment shop who knows settings for lifted vehicles. How do I find these settings (I'm in Honduras, and would prefer to bring them in with me)


I just added a video, can anyone tell me if the dual stabilizer install looks correct? There is play where the two shocks meet in the center. Thanks


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There was never any one cause our any one solution to the 2nd gen death wobble. One thing that some people found was the steering column bearing/bushing wears out and allows excess play in the the steering components. if you' ve had a lift installed it will aggravate th situation, and if you haven't had an alignment then you've pretty much got everything going wrong for you.
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There was never any one cause our any one solution to the 2nd gen death wobble. One thing that some people found was the steering column bearing/bushing wears out and allows excess play in the the steering components. if you' ve had a lift installed it will aggravate th situation, and if you haven't had an alignment then you've pretty much got everything going wrong for you.
Thanks for the quick reply. I just added a video above, is there supposed to be play where the two steering stabilizer shocks meet like that?

Also, I found a fix for the steering column bushing: http://www.rocksolidramtrucksteering.com/ Should I wait to fix this before my alignment?
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I would get the alignment first, it could be the cause of all your problems, especially if you just installed a lift kit. I would still replace the bushing as it's a very common failure.
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Something smells bad about the way the mounting points are, on that assembly, and though you have my curiousity aroused, I'm not willing to go out in a fresh snowdrift to see how mine is put on, and my memory is too dilapidated to pull up the file. Suffice it to say, it is now performing simply as dead weight. If the weather resembles something less than a sub siberian blizzard here tomorrow, I'll take a look and see what mine is secured to.
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Something smells bad about the way the mounting points are, on that assembly, and though you have my curiousity aroused, I'm not willing to go out in a fresh snowdrift to see how mine is put on, and my memory is too dilapidated to pull up the file. Suffice it to say, it is now performing simply as dead weight. If the weather resembles something less than a sub siberian blizzard here tomorrow, I'll take a look and see what mine is secured to.
What are you talking about? it's about 90 degrees outside.

I'd certainly appreciate a peak if it's possible.

My mechanic (who is actually the mechanic that other mechanics go to for help) said he had concerns, as he had never seen this type of setup before. Most trucks around here are toyotas or mits montero sports , and I've only seen one full size truck lifted in this Country.
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Just checked out the video, that steering stabilizer isn't doing sweet FA. There is something missing on that center joint and I believe it's supposed to bolted into the trac bar.
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Just checked out the video, that steering stabilizer isn't doing sweet FA. There is something missing on that center joint and I believe it's supposed to bolted into the trac bar.
I thought it would make sense if a bolt ran through the hole (is that the track bar) @0:43 through the mounting plate, but the plate does not have a hole in it.
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No hole... really? I bet my handy dandy power drill says otherwise...
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Looks to me like the U-bolts that go around the front axle and attach that bracket are loose. The install looks correct, just tighten the U-bolts.

I think you've got a kit similar to this: http://www.suspensionconnection.com/...con/66391.html
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