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Old 12-24-2009, 01:36 PM
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Does the 2003+ Ram 1500 4x4 suffer from the dreaded Death Wobble that the 2500 and 3500 has? I think its an anomaly of the solid front end with coil springs so hopefully the 1500 with IFS does not suffer from this.

I am debating about getting a new truck as my 2500 is starting to get some issues and definitely suffers from the death wobble issue. It's bad enough that I will not buy another 2500. Too bad as Dodge has the best powertrain (IMO).

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Hey there. I have a 2003 quad 2wheel and i dont have any issues on the front end at all. What does it seem to do?
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Sorry, I should have added 4x4. The 2500 4x4 has a known issue where the front end gets a harmonic bounce going on when you hit a bump at highway speeds. Mine has been doing it since 2006. Do a search on Death Wobble and you will find days worth of reading on the subject. I think its only in the solid axle front end trucks with coil springs not the IFS equipped trucks.

This sucks as I love my truck other than that. I hate to take it on long trips

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In your reading did you see any solutions to the problem?

Track bars, steering stabilizers and similar parts seem to take care of the problem with the front IFS trucks.

Also, in some of my reading I noted that, unless it was a high mileage truck, many of the individuals having the problem were lifted.

But I'm curious as to what you found.
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Sorry i dint realize it was in regards to 4x4. The best of luck and hopefully someone here has had that problem and rectified it.
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my 08 1500 4x4 doesnt have any trouble. its got a small lift and 33s. ive taken it back and forth from tn to pa atleast four times in the last year and it rides great
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MadDog has pretty much hit the nail on the head. Pull off your stabilizer and you may find that it's bad. Track bars will also cause a wobble when they get worn out.
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Ha, nope, all that crap about stabilizers helping the issue is bunk. I put a dual tube stabilizer on 2 years ago and it still happens. I also replaced upper and lower ball joints and front shocks.

The issue is a poor design. Stiffening the parts in the front end is masking the design problem. It will happen again. The best way I have found to keep the wobble away is very frequent balancing of the tires. When I drive the truck regularly, I could keep it happy with balancing every 3000 miles. Now, I ride my motorcycle and the truck may sit for a month or two without being driven. The death wobble happened very bad after getting it back on the road.

I am running the 315-70-17 BFG ATs with no lift. I have been running these since mid 2003 on my Ram. I have experienced the wobble on 3 different sets of these tires. These tires work just fine for on the Hummer H2.
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Sorry, I should have added 4x4. The 2500 4x4 has a known issue where the front end gets a harmonic bounce going on when you hit a bump at highway speeds. Mine has been doing it since 2006. Do a search on Death Wobble and you will find days worth of reading on the subject. I think its only in the solid axle front end trucks with coil springs not the IFS equipped trucks.

This sucks as I love my truck other than that. I hate to take it on long trips
I would have a tendency to agree with ya .
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Ha, nope, all that crap about stabilizers helping the issue is bunk. I put a dual tube stabilizer on 2 years ago and it still happens. I also replaced upper and lower ball joints and front shocks.

The issue is a poor design. Stiffening the parts in the front end is masking the design problem. It will happen again. The best way I have found to keep the wobble away is very frequent balancing of the tires. When I drive the truck regularly, I could keep it happy with balancing every 3000 miles. Now, I ride my motorcycle and the truck may sit for a month or two without being driven. The death wobble happened very bad after getting it back on the road.

I am running the 315-70-17 BFG ATs with no lift. I have been running these since mid 2003 on my Ram. I have experienced the wobble on 3 different sets of these tires. These tires work just fine for on the Hummer H2.
Your running the same tires I am , other than I have a Daystar 2" leveling kit on the front . I have experienced it and it's scary when it starts . Almost impossible to stop . Gets worse when hitting the brakes . Gotta let it slow down on it's own . There's a steering box support you can install . Thought about the dual stabilizer setup but from what your saying , doesn't help .
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