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Ok guys and gals, this is driving me crazy. I have a 2009 Ram 2500 with the 6.7L Diesel. I bought the truck in Dec 2010 and it had a leveling kit put in, a BD steering stabalizer kit installed and is sitting on 35 inch Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ's. This past winter we had a bad blizzard come through and I ended up sliding into a ditch. I was completely stopped and slide in, there was no crash and there is no impact damage under the truck. Since then, the front end wobbles and scares the heck out of you when it does on the highway at high speeds after hitting a bump. I have taken it to Big O tires (will never go there again) another local mechanic as well as the dealership and no one can find anything wrong. I have talked to many people about it and have heard everything from tearing the transmission apart, ball joint, track bar to changing out the steering dampner. Anyone else have this issue with their newer dodge and what did you do to fix it? If I had tons of money, this would not be an issue because I would just replace the whole suspension but since I am on a tight budget, what do you think will fix it? Thanks
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Taking out the leveling kit and realigining it will fix it.
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The leveling kit was on the truck when I bought it. I drove it for over a month with no issues. The issues came when I slide into the ditch yet nothing is damaged.
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i would bet that something got bent, it does not take much at all, just a little tweak to THE STEERING LINKAGE DRAG LINK could do it

by the way, have you had your 2500 Ram in for the RECALL ???
it may not be involved in the recall, but, would not hurt to check
NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 09V005000
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this was announced December 24, 2010
http://www.dodgeproblems.com/recalls/Ram_2500/2009/
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I will check to see if it involves my truck. I just had it at the dealer last week to also fix the recall on the ECM. There was a recall from what I was told to get the computer reprogramed. Not sure why but was told by a mechanic about it and the dealer fixed it.
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i would bet that something got bent, it does not take much at all, just a little tweak to THE STEERING LINKAGE DRAG LINK could do it

by the way, have you had your 2500 Ram in for the RECALL ???
it may not be involved in the recall, but, would not hurt to check
NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 09V005000
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http://www.autorecalls.us/aut-04/rec...500/31210.html

this was announced December 24, 2010
http://www.dodgeproblems.com/recalls/Ram_2500/2009/
I called Chrysler and my truck was part of the recal but it was fixed in 2009, back to square one again. LOL
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Anytime you have a mystery suspension issue (I classify this as a mystery ASSuming you have had qualified mechanics look at already), always start by undoing the anything after market and start from scratch. You would be surprised by the number of suspension geometry and thus problems aftermarket parts can create.

I do not think you have any bent linkage. Bent steering linkage or even chassis links wouldn't cause that kind of complaint. Wheel damage would though. Hunter Road Force will find it.
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Today I ordered the skyjacker dual steering dampner for my truck. I was thinking of something today that I want to run by you guys and see what you think. My truck is a 3/4 ton that is supposed to have load class E tires running between 60 and 70 PSI. Currently I have Mickey Thompson 35's load class D with 50 PSI, could this cause the death wobble? When I got the truck there was 70 PSI in the tires and I contacted MT to find out what the suggested tire pressure was, they told me 38 PSI. I am not worried about the tire pressure indicator but did have it down to 38 at one time.
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I installed the Skyjacker dual steering stabalizers yesterday and it seemed to work. No more wobble and it handles alot better. I did notice some issues in the steering linkage underneath. I will take some pics and upload them for your thoughts. There are some joints that seem to be messed up. They are tweaked all the way to one side.
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I installed the Skyjacker dual steering stabalizers yesterday and it seemed to work. No more wobble and it handles alot better. I did notice some issues in the steering linkage underneath. I will take some pics and upload them for your thoughts. There are some joints that seem to be messed up. They are tweaked all the way to one side.
If you're referrring to the drag link, it could be from the angle change caused by the leveling kit. A dropped pitman arm would be the correct way to fix this.
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