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I have a 2008 ram 2500 diesel 4x4 with 3" spacers on the front and now i have a horrible death wobble. I kind of fixed it with a dual steering stabilizer kit but it still does wobble every now and then any suggestions on what else i need before i get bigger tires and it gets worse?
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I have a 2008 ram 2500 diesel 4x4 with 3" spacers on the front and now i have a horrible death wobble. I kind of fixed it with a dual steering stabilizer kit but it still does wobble every now and then any suggestions on what else i need before i get bigger tires and it gets worse?
Others will tell you, that your steering stabilizer is only a band aid on a disease infected cut. You need to check out literally everything on the front end. Death wobble isn't something like where in comparison, humans get cancer and you die. It's worn parts, crappy OEM designs mostly. So your going to have to check everything out and replace what is worn.

I've learned a lot the past 6 months of owning my 06' ram qc 1500. But the 2500's not much different. You have a solid front axle. A Track bar. Ball Joints. Shocks. Your trucks fairly new, so the bushings should be good. Remember, one bad suspension part, makes for more wear on another suspension part.

I am installing new shocks right now on my ram, and I noticed that my rear shocks were shot pretty much. And my fronts I haven't gotten to. But I found that everything else is A ok on my suspension. And all I have left is steering and I got a new truck.

Death wobble can start from any worn suspension part, steering as well but mostly suspension is how I feel it comes from.

So get under make sure your track bar isn't loose, wheel bearings arn't crud, ball joints, shocks, tires, even get the truck aligned and balanced and rotated if it hasn't been done. These are all things I am doing to my 06' now. So check it out on yours.

Don't go replacing stuff, find out whats worn. Start replacing what looks worn. But start with the cheap stuff by having your tires rotated and balanced and aligned. See if that helps.
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i also have new shocks on the front. but thanks for the info because every person i've asked wants to sell me aftermarket addons to fix it and was wondering if they were right. Appreciate the advice
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I am putting on the bd kit they sell
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I wouldn't really suggest spacers over 2.5"
If you look into some lift kits you'll notice other parts that are needed with the lift.
When you lift your front end with a spacer 3" with the stock control arms you pull the axle back towards your doors and your track bar also pulls the axle off center towards the drivers side.

Unfortunately all of these trucks seem to be different. Its hard to say whats actually causing without actually looking at it. You may need a track bar drop and maybe a dropped pitman arm (or adjustable track bar will do the same thing but there pretty expensive)
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actually are you experiencing death wobble in 2wd or only in 4wd?
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Others will tell you, that your steering stabilizer is only a band aid on a disease infected cut. You need to check out literally everything on the front end. Death wobble isn't something like where in comparison, humans get cancer and you die. It's worn parts, crappy OEM designs mostly. So your going to have to check everything out and replace what is worn.

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I am installing new shocks right now on my ram, and I noticed that my rear shocks were shot pretty much. And my fronts I haven't gotten to. But I found that everything else is A ok on my suspension. And all I have left is steering and I got a new truck.

Death wobble can start from any worn suspension part, steering as well but mostly suspension is how I feel it comes from.

So get under make sure your track bar isn't loose, wheel bearings arn't crud, ball joints, shocks, tires, even get the truck aligned and balanced and rotated if it hasn't been done. These are all things I am doing to my 06' now. So check it out on yours.

Don't go replacing stuff, find out whats worn. Start replacing what looks worn. But start with the cheap stuff by having your tires rotated and balanced and aligned. See if that helps.
This is some of the best advice I've read in a long time. Well said! Especially the part about not replacing stuff until you know what's wrong.

Just to add to this, Google the term "dry steering check". Watch some videos on YouTube to learn how it's done. Basically you are going to check for worn bushings and ball joints. Learn the distinction between Death Wobble and Bump Steer, people who don't know better use the terms used interchangably, but they are not the same. They are caused by different problems and have different fixes.

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It may be the fact that your spaces do not fit snugly to your wheel hub or the hub on the truck. I put rims on my truck and found that the inner hub on the wheel was much larger than the hub on my truck. This meant that the lugnuts (even though sized properly) where the only thing holding the wheel in place, and at speed I noticed a wobble. I had the wheels balanced a few times before I realized what the root of the problem was. I got nylon adapters to take up the slop and my truck rides like a dream now like it should!
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literally just fixed this problem as i lay in bed typing this,lol. had the same problem on an 08 ram 2500, our chief put new tires on his ram, and then couldnt get above 40 without almost wrecking due to serious, and i mean SERIOUS wheel bounce on the passenger front. we checked the wheels, all good, replaced shocks, no help, replaced steering stabilizers, no help, replaced sway bar, no help. ball joints, bushings, alignments, steering box, all to no avail. finally replaced everything on the front end, and it ended up being the track bar more than likely, (that was the last fix before it stopped) very big pain in the *ss. but ended up fixing it. learned some nasty nasty things about the front axle, all in all a really bad experience
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This tread is full of excellent information!!!! The only thing I know for sure(from experience)is that even if you think you have it corrected, you will always hold the streering wheel just a little tighter while driving. It will scare the *hit out of you when DW happens!!!!!!
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