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    ok so ive had my xj a few days know and im working on fixing running issues but i had another issue today driving home, ive known that i need to replace front end parts but today i was going around 65mph and the front end started shacking violently. the only thing i could compare it to would be wheel bearings going, but when i slowed down to bout 20mph as i was trying to stop it stopped. i checked everything over that i could on the side of the road and could not find anything. it hasnt done it since. ima jack it up tomarrow and check it better but any ideas as to the cause?


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    Will, you have been blessed with death wobble. Scares the out of you, hence the name. It is fixable. First thing to do is have someone saw the steering wheel back and forth while you watch underneath. Any steering parts that move when they are not supposed to need to be replaced
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Will, you have been blessed with death wobble. Scares the out of you, hence the name. It is fixable. First thing to do is have someone saw the steering wheel back and forth while you watch underneath. Any steering parts that move when they are not supposed to need to be replaced
    to do this would it be best to have in on the ground with full weight on everything or jack the front end up, and if so where is a good jack point

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    Have it on the ground. Start it up and have someone work the wheel for you
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    thanx it didnt seem like it was actually the wheel bearings although im still going to check them for slack. is there any one part thats the issue in the death wobble? also i have a little slack in the steering wheel could that have caused it and if so is there another way to fix it or is it just a gear box to replace?

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    Axle side track bar bushing is the worst offender
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    Check that alignment too, especially being new to you no telling what its at. That was the cause of my DW and its free to check.

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    the alignment seems fine dosent pull or anything, i found a kit on line for 140 thar replaces everything so im going to do that regardless, im probally about to drop 1000 in it just to make sure everythings good, however i have a question, it already has a 3" lift on it, will a factory Track Bar, pitman arm and sway bar links still fit? or do i need to get aftermarket ones?
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    They will not. You can get an adjustable trackbar. You will have to research the swaybar links, but you should be able to just replace the bushings. Not sure on the steering linkage, someone else may know.


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    Steering linkage will be fine
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    If you're gonna replace it anyway i personally would go with aftermarket. Disconnects for the sway bar. Adjustable track bar. So you can go bigger later it you desire. No need for a drop pitman arm and they are pretty resilient so its not likely to need replacement.

    And with the alignment these jeeps have an odd type of steering called a y-link setup. The problem is when you lift it the linkage pulls the tires toward each other. This causes the tires to fight each other and roll on the bottom outside edges that contact the road. It won't pull because both tires are turned in but a certain speed (45 for me) it becomes too much and causes the "Wobble". Although mine was because of a forgetful shop and was pretty out of whack.

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    ok well to start i only have a 1000 budget to make her right so i found this kit, does it look like it will be enough to stop the death wobble without me buying more? im also getting a new steering gear box and power steering pump to

    http://www.1aauto.com/jeep-cherokee-...=551509&y=1996

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    Quote Originally Posted by texasxj View Post
    ok well to start i only have a 1000 budget to make her right so i found this kit, does it look like it will be enough to stop the death wobble without me buying more? im also getting a new steering gear box and power steering pump to

    http://www.1aauto.com/jeep-cherokee-...=551509&y=1996
    To be honest we can't know that because we don't know the problem. The thing with death wobble is it can be so many different things a kit may or may not do it for ya. There are common problems like the trackbar being loose or worn, tires out of balance, alignment, and some more but sometimes its the less likely things. Before spending money that may not fix it take steves advice and have someone steer it back and forth while watching under the front. I'd hate for you to waste money on a non-fix, especially when money is tight. I can relate and hopefully its something simple aka cheap.

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    well everythings lose lol all the bushings are gone, slacked bearings and what not it all needs to be replaced, but the wheels are balanced, if i can replaced it all for that price id do it. i spent the last 2 days fighting a o2 sensor so i havent got to mess with it

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