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To All Those Suffering With A Shimmy/Wobble

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I wanted to share something with all Jeep Wrangler owners.. Over the summer We suffered with our very first shimmy/wobble ...

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Old 02-16-2015, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I wanted to share something with all Jeep Wrangler owners.. Over the summer We suffered with our very first shimmy/wobble on a non lifted 08 Jeep wrangler.. Several have suggest what we should do to correct this. Taking everyone's advice and checking our options as well as our funds.. We've had to settle on adding or replacing a couple of things.

1) We've replaced the Steering Stabilizer.. Reason being and common since would indicate that if one replaces the shocks.. one should also replace the stabilizer..

2) There is a growing concern that Jeep deliberately installed 14mm bolts in 9/16th holes.. No I'm not mathematician.. But a 14mm bolt in a 9/16th hole does allow for a bit of play or slop.. Thus we've replaced/upgrade these bolts to grade 8 9/16th bolts.. However, and at that time, we could only do the install on the front of the jeep.

Since we've done this upgrade.. the jeep has handled better and we've not suffered any shimmies or wobbles since late Aug.. Although this worked for us.. Your issue could be deeper than you might expect. Several shops have inspected the ball joints and have ruled out any play/slop.. The tracbar, swaybar, drag link all are all within spec.

Mind you there are other factors.. unbalanced tires, a deflated tire, the rotor retaining wings/clips as installed by the factory just to hold the rotors in place while the wheels are installed..

I think what was so surprising, is that our jeep is not lifted nor does it have larger tires.. In conclusion.. and I feel that because of unbalanced tires, along with excess weight in the cargo area contributed to the shimmy.

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Old 06-01-2015, 05:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Same thing happened to my Jeep. Mine was caused by unbalanced tires.
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