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Wow, what a scary feeling.

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

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?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciEnuDitqxU
 

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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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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. :LOL:

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.
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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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/cgi-bin/suscon/66391.html
That large bracket looks exactly like the one that is loose. I'll try to tighten it up, but the design looks like it is very susceptible to movement. Not sure that is such a great design.

I'm think I'm going to drill a hole in the bracket and run a bolt through the control arm, like CdnoilRam hinted at.
 

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If those clamps are tight you'll have a hard time getting any movement out of that setup. Just remember that the axle and the trackbar move at different rates. You'll be putting added stress on the bracket attaching it to the trackbar.
 

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If those clamps are tight you'll have a hard time getting any movement out of that setup. Just remember that the axle and the trackbar move at different rates. You'll be putting added stress on the bracket attaching it to the trackbar.

That's a good point. I might hold off on attaching it to the trackbar. My 35" tires should be here in a day or two. I think I'll see if I can tighten the brackets down for now, get an alignment when the tires arrive, and do some test drives.
 

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:doh: So I tightened up the center bracket, and it came loose again. When I tightened it up the second time, I broke on of the U-bolts. So after tightening the one that was left, I had someone weld the other side to the axle.

Here's where someone can learn from my mistake:

I didn't have the bracket centered, and now I have really screwed up my turning radius.

I'm going to hope I can find something like a piece of unistrut, cut it down to 6-8 inches, and I see if I can put it in the center between where the two shocks meet, thus (I think) increasing my steering radius.
 

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I was gonna say I have that same set up and it looks right just probably needed tightened.
I blame myself for not translating the directions with the tork settings. I translated all the instructions for the lift kit, but not the steering stabilizer. I found some other issues, while going through this, however, and it was a good learning experience.
 
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