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    You can move your pitman arm up? Not the drag link? If you can move the Pitman at all, the piece that comes off the steering gear, that is a significant problem. That should be rock solid and torqued to I think 150 lbs stock, the big bores require 225 lbs.

    I agree with Eddie, the bent wheel, can create a harmonic vibration that can then escalate into a full DW given the proper weaknesses in other areas. Have the wheels properly checked and balanced to rule that out.


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    The pitman arm seems tight on the sector shaft I think the up and down play might b coming from the box, will definitely go a get my tires balanced


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeeper125 View Post
    The pitman arm seems tight on the sector shaft I think the up and down play might b coming from the box, will definitely go a get my tires balanced


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    There might be an issue with the gear. Everyone Iíve had has been rock solid.


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    Have you rotated your tires?

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    I have not rotated my tires that is something I still have to do, hopefully it will make a difference......

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    Chased this same probelm on my 2017 JKURR, turned out to be an out of round tire. Evertime I hit a bump the front end would shake and over 50 it would develop a DW.

    Installed Dyna trac Ball joints ( Lower OEM units were shot at 4300 miles with 35s)
    New tie rod from Metal cloak (1 T ends)
    New drag link from Metal Cloak (1T ends)
    Track bar from MC
    Reid racing knuckles (OEM were bent assuming from the factory)
    Retorqued the link arms MC game changer 4.5
    re-adjusted toe to 1/8th
    caster set to -5.5

    All helped but the DW would still show up. Left front BFG KO2 (8000 miles on it) was out of round by 1/2 inch. R&Rd the left front and all is happy again.

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    I had steel wheels on my Jeep and could never get death wobble to go away contact one of your local Jeep clubs and see if someone will let you borrow their wheels and tires to drive around the block


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    I still have my stock rims and tires that I could throw on but would the Jeep b less likely to wobble with smaller tires?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeeper125 View Post
    I still have my stock rims and tires that I could throw on but would the Jeep b less likely to wobble with smaller tires?


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    no, just be sure to change your tune back to stock tire size if needed.

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    Little update: tried to put in stock tires and rims today and stock rim was making contact with my drag link flip end so had to put my 37s back on, I know itís a band aid but put on a new steering stabilizer cause my old one blew its seal and all the fluid leaked out. After driving it with the new stabilizer there was no dw but there was still a small shimmy at around 40-50. I think I may just start saving up for new rims and see if that eliminates my dw. Cant really think of anything else that could really b cause my Jeep to have full on dw.


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