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The death wobble returns

Ok, so I admit I only joined here for the 14 LED WK2 headlights onto my 12 overland summit, but I promise I'v been on many Jeep forums since around 2002 ala Paragon/ZJ

Still, no one seems to have an answer.

2000 WJ, 4.7, quadra-drive, IRO 3" lift w/extended sway links, track bar and bushings, HD steering stablizer. Currently at 193k.

Mini back story. WJ was having some pretty bad DW to the point it was undriveable. An offroad/Jeep speciality shop examined and gave a short list but I decided to do EVERYTHING

Following has been replaced/done

Upper ball joints
Lower ball joints
IRO track bar w/HD bushings
HD steering stabilizer
IRO control arms w/all new bushings (upper and lower)
Drag bar
Tie rod ends (inner and outer)
Tie rod bar
Pitman arm + bushing
Front rotors
Front calipers
Tires rotated + balanced
Off-road alinement and complete check over by High tech offroad.
Pinion bearing was also replaced

For about 1600 miles it was solid as a rock but now its back. If I hit a mild bump anywhere on the beltway above 55mph it will do its thing and I need to come to a complete stop. Above 65mph on fresh paved smooth as glass roads it feels "lose" like it wants to go.

Love my Jeep, but not if I can't drive it. Open to all suggestions.

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Old 01-05-2015, 11:27 AM
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Re: The death wobble returns

Is there any play on the steering gearbox? Since it was rock solid for a while, it seems that at some point play has developed. Did you check all the components which you replaced before?
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Re: The death wobble returns

Before replacement multiple areas had some play and the DW was quite bad. Any bump would throw it. At one point simply hitting the brakes would cause violent DW at certain speeds.

All components were good when new and OEM or upgraded.
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Re: The death wobble returns

But is there now play at any of the replaced parts?
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Re: The death wobble returns

I haven't hooked up like the gopro like I did before, but steering is still tight where before it was loose even when shut down
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Re: The death wobble returns

Mine death wobbled like crazy. I replaced EVERYTHING. It didn't stop until I got to the day I replaced the steering box and control arm bushings. I can't say exactly which of those did the trick...but it was one of the two.
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Re: The death wobble returns

The lower control arms on the front are prone to wear and often get overlooked. I would suggest going for those. You can press in the new bushings (get molar) or try "off the shelf" rebuilt parts.
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Re: The death wobble returns

Already done.

I actually upgraded to iron rock offroad arms with new bushings already in
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