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    Death Wobble

    What would be the best shop in town (greater Reno Sparks area) that could fix death wobble on my Jeep Grand Cherokee? Im tired of it shaking and throwing money at it without it fixing the problem.

    So, what would be a good shop to take it to?

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    Ayres muffler and break

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    what have you done to it yet?
    I have lifted 2 wj's 4 inches with 32's and never had any DW.
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    Upper and lower ball joints, wheel bearings, replaced a worn out tie rod last year and lower control arm bushings abour 3 years ago. Nothing moves that i can see while my wife turns the steering wheel back and forth.

    Im at a loss, i dont know what to check next.

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    FYI, its a 1998 Grand Cherokee with the 4.0. Its not lifted yet. Was hoping to get it done this fall.

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    Track bar bushings?

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    A few more degrees of caster took care of mine. Could also try a few more psi in the tires.

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    I've done a lot of reading on it this week as I am starting to get a wicked shimmy. Not sure if it is DW or not but either way, I've read up. Seems that the most common cause is track bar issues. Loose bolts, wrecked bushings, broken or cracked welds or brackets, wallowed out bolt holes.

    Check this out: https://www.jk-forum.com/forums/jk-w...obbles-260145/

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    Pretty much any moving part in the front end can cause the death wobble. Proper alignment, balance and tight suspension and steering joints are a must, as DW can happen on a stock vehicle with unmodified suspension.
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    I am not a 4x4 expert but, What Dennis said sounds about right.

    In my past life I specialized in motorcycle chassis dynamics.. With motorcycles we would say a death wobble could be caused by anything between the front tire contact patch and the rear contact patch. It could be a tire or anything loose or out of alignment or not strong enough and in some cases could be caused by things being too strong and stiff to the point the steering was not able to self correct itself.

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    Look up dry steer test. If any suspension parts are visibly moving, start there.

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    Track bar issues that have been mentioned are generally the first place I would look.
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    Track bar mount holes hollowed out. You have to remove the track bar at the ends to see the holes they will be oblong, need to weld heavy washers over the holes, or replace the mounts.
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