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What was the single biggest factor in solving your death wobbles

  • King pin preload adjustment

    Votes: 29 23.2%
  • New panhard rod bushes

    Votes: 46 36.8%
  • Wheel bearing adjustment

    Votes: 15 12.0%
  • Caster bushes

    Votes: 3 2.4%
  • Wheel alignment

    Votes: 14 11.2%
  • Draglink ball joints

    Votes: 5 4.0%
  • Steering box adjustment

    Votes: 2 1.6%
  • Up grade of steering damper

    Votes: 6 4.8%
  • Replacement of shock rubbers and or shocks

    Votes: 4 3.2%
  • Wheel Offset Change

    Votes: 1 0.8%
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91 TD42 with a 2" lift. Has had all sorts of shimmys and shakes that gave been improved/worsened though wheel balances, new bearings, rod ends, etc over the years.

DEATH WOBBLE - an entirely different thing. How I've generally seen this described (and how I've experienced it) is when something like a bump in the road or reaching a certain speed triggers a big amplitude 'wobble' through the front end. Literally the steering wheel almost flies out of your hand and it feels like the front suspension is ripping itself apart. First time it happened I thought a wheel bearing had let go or something. Impossible to drive with and you have to immediately slow right down to make it stop. Your passengers will want to get out and hitch hike home.
In my case, replacing the panhard bushes fixed it immediately (thank god). I have heard of this as the most common death wobble fix. The old bushes only had the tiniest amount of play but sure enough that was the problem.

I feel like some of the wobbles people are talking about here aren't the actual dreaded "death wobble" which, as the name implies, feels like your front diff has come adrift and your about to die. Big difference...

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