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Offline dljaljevic

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Shaky front end
« on: October 20, 2017, 11:09:53 AM »
Hey all
Did a bunch of repairs to my jeep over the past 2 weeks.
After the last one (oil pump replace at dealer), my car has been acting wonky on the road.
Its only happened 3-4 times, but if my right side hits a pothole/traintrack/bump my steering wheel will shake for a few seconds.
I dont think its death wobble or anything cuz if i just grip the wheel tight itll go away in a couple seconds.
Im gonna jack up the front end this weekend and check all suspension points, make sure everything is greased/tightened properly.
Anyone experienced something like this or have any tips? Thinking it has to do with my drag link/tie rod.
Theres also a rattling metallic sound when I accelerate although I am pretty sure that is just some loose/cracked heat sheilds. Ill check those out too.
Thanks!
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Re: Shaky front end
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2017, 02:31:35 PM »
Trackbar mount. Jack it up, start it and  have a friend move the steering wheel back and forth a few inches either direction. You will likely see movement on either end of the track bar that should not be moving at all. That should be the first place to look for any sort of bump related wobble.
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Re: Shaky front end
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 03:47:27 PM »
Awesome thanks.
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Re: Shaky front end
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2017, 11:49:24 AM »
Quick update. Seems that my steering stabilizer has leaked and is broken.. the seal around the cylinder is all shaky and cracked! Will be replacing this shock and hopefully that fixes it. Anyone buy any of these or have recommendations for an aftermarket one?
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Re: Shaky front end
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2017, 08:21:40 PM »
Quick update. Seems that my steering stabilizer has leaked and is broken.. the seal around the cylinder is all shaky and cracked! Will be replacing this shock and hopefully that fixes it. Anyone buy any of these or have recommendations for an aftermarket one?
We have the best luck with the old man emu heavy duty version or the bilstein damper.
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Re: Shaky front end
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2017, 11:24:21 PM »
We have the best luck with the old man emu heavy duty version or the bilstein damper.

Thanks fellas!!!
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Re: Shaky front end
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2017, 07:48:31 PM »
A steering stabilizer is just a mask for things that are wrong. It's nice to have one on your DD....but not having one won't cause problems. Keep looking for your loose bolt or mounting hole that's hogged out.
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Re: Shaky front end
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2017, 07:58:46 PM »
A steering stabilizer is just a mask for things that are wrong. It's nice to have one on your DD....but not having one won't cause problems. Keep looking for your loose bolt or mounting hole that's hogged out.
This isn't always the case. I have seen 100% stock and low mileage Jk's with the violent shake. No parts worn out except a bad steering damper. More often then not something else is worn out causing the shake, usually modified suspension/steering/large tire's. Almost seems like every jeep has its own personality.
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Re: Shaky front end
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2017, 08:59:39 PM »
My new to me JKU Rubicon has 150kkms on it and was not feeling the greatest going over EG angled railway crossings. Nothing serious but I did not like it. Bought a Bilstein damper from 4x4Parts last Friday and installed today at U-Wrench - hoist is nice. Truck feels much firmer and totally different now. The OEM piece had 1" of slop either way and would sometimes pump up - it had to go. Recommend the Bilstein to everyone as the ram is way bigger than the stocker
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