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post #1 of 19 Old 07-30-2012, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Front End Vibration and Shaking

I had the worst case of front end vibration and shaking I have ever seen on the way home tonight. It was so bad that it pulled me into the other lane and I almost hit the guard rail. I was on the interstate doing 70 mph. I had to slam on breaks and pull over. I looked all under the truck and could not find any signs that there was something wrong. I called the ford dealership and they told me that it might be the stock steering stabilizer going bad. He stated that this was common in the 4x4 models. Has anyone else heard of this or had the same problem?

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I have bad death wobble and it's from bushing play in the track bar. I added an aftermarket Bilstein steering stabilizer in place of the OEM unit which masked the problem for awhile. Thought that was my issue as the dealership said I was within spec for the front end. On my next visit for regular maintenance, was told I had play in the track bar bushing. Bought an aftermarket heavy duty adjustable track bar and drag link from Trevor at PMF. Also bought a dual steering stabilizer with Bilstein shocks. Just waiting for the dual steering stabilizer to come in and then, I'm installing everything.

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Bought an aftermarket heavy duty adjustable track bar and drag link from Trevor at PMF. Also bought a dual steering stabilizer with Bilstein shocks. Just waiting for the dual steering stabilizer to come in and then, I'm installing everything.
What did the track bar and drag link run? I already have dual Fadtech stabilizers. I have an 8" lift if that has anything to do with it.

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The drag link and track bar set me back close to $1000. Not cheap but I'm hoping that this will solve my death wobble issues. Was also really impressed with Trevor's customer service and his patience with someone that knows little about this stuff. My dual steering stabilizer showed up this week and am hoping to get my truck in ASAP to get all these parts put on before doing anymore damage to any other steering components. I'll keep you posted...

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I have bad death wobble and it's from bushing play in the track bar. I added an aftermarket Bilstein steering stabilizer in place of the OEM unit which masked the problem for awhile. Thought that was my issue as the dealership said I was within spec for the front end. On my next visit for regular maintenance, was told I had play in the track bar bushing. Bought an aftermarket heavy duty adjustable track bar and drag link from Trevor at PMF. Also bought a dual steering stabilizer with Bilstein shocks. Just waiting for the dual steering stabilizer to come in and then, I'm installing everything.
DO you have a part number for the bilstein OEM replacement? I thought bilstein didnt make an OEM replacement for our trucks.

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DO you have a part number for the bilstein OEM replacement? I thought bilstein didnt make an OEM replacement for our trucks.
OE Bilstein 5100 series replacement steering dampener part number is 24-196284.

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OE Bilstein 5100 series replacement steering dampener part number is 24-196284.
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Well just got my truck back from ford. They said that all three stabilizer shocks had gone bad. The stock one I had to buy because it was not covered under warranty and the two Fabtech ones I have to send back so that their lifetime warranty will cover them. What a damn mess.

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Well just got my truck back from ford. They said that all three stabilizer shocks had gone bad. The stock one I had to buy because it was not covered under warranty and the two Fabtech ones I have to send back so that their lifetime warranty will cover them. What a damn mess.
My Bilstein 5100 that replaced my OEM steering stabilizer is currently leaking. Waiting for a warranty replacement to show up. Should be here this week. Then, I can get everything installed and aligned. Think the leak has to do with the play in my track bar.

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Was it after you hit a bridge or some bumps in the road

IF it was ive been battling this for a while. So far new steering shock and drag links. Still didnt fix it. SO it back in the shop again. Service thinks it may be the steering gear. I didnt want to mask my problem with stabalizers that werent normally on the truck. I will have them later, but as of now under warranty they can deal with it
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