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steering wobble Need new answer

well, i just typed a bunch, my computer timed out and i lost it all. So here's an abbreviated situation.

I've got a shimmy in my steering wheel and axle when i put on the brakes, especially at about 55 to come to a stop.
i've read all the posts and etc, and still i'm stumped.

I did the Kingpin Dana 60 swap about a year a go and within the last month my truck started shaking when stopping.

I replaced track bar bushings, wheel bearings, rotors, calipers, seals, and kingpins 1 year ago, basically everything, linkages, etc, except the gears.

The rotors seem fine, not warped, and i don't feel any vibration in the brake pedal, just a severe wobble in the steering. it's not enough to make me not drive it, but it's enough that i know something is out of wack.

My tires are good, my shocks are 3 years old.

i do not have a steering stabilizer, haven't needed one in the last year, but will get one. would it make a difference?

I don't have a sway bar.

My rear driver's side recently wanted to act like it was sticking, I replaced the shoes and springs, etc, and after a little trouble, seem to have it working right. I figured that it was somehow the culprit, the problem seems to be less, but it still shimmies. Help. I'm at the point now that i can't remember what all to throw at it because i've run out of ideas and suggestions from here. But if i didn't have this forum, i'd really be stumped. so thanks in advance guys.

Other than putting the F350 springs with the axle during the swap, i never touched the spring hangers, shackles or whatever. Possible?


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Sounds like rotors to me. How did you check them?

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if it only does it after the vehicle has been sitting for a while it could possibly be a tire flat spotting, but I'd install a quality stabilizer anyway

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well, we put a straight edge next to the rotor and turned them. Plus, i figure i'd feel it in the brake pedal if it was. Hard to tell though when the steering wheel is jerking!!

Probably will just pull the rotors and try new ones. I hate that. But i gotta start marking some things off the list.

As far as the flat spot on the tires, it doesn't happen. my truck is my daily driver and it doesn't sit for too long.

Any suggestions on the steering stablilizer? I saw the shock for like $40, but the mount makes it more. Any cheaper ones?
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Ok. I know you said you just replaced the bearings but have you checked them for failure? If you jack the truck up and put one hand on the top of the tire and one on the bottom and pull in and out. It shouldn't move and if it does that's your problem. Other than that I can't think of anything else.

As far as the steering stabalizer I think that's about as cheap as it gets.

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thanks

yeah, bearings are ok. checked em. I guess eventually i'll figure it out. thanks for all the help guys.


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I have a similar thing

I get a random vibration that gets worse at 55 mph. I don't get it all the time and it builds up. Like, I can feel it coming on, it'll get worse and worse until everything is shaking. Then I'll park it, get in it later and the vibration is gone. Sometimes it'll go away on it's own while driving.

Man, if anyone can give me some help that'd be great! I know it could be so many things and I don't have the money to put all new tires, suppsion, and axle assemblies.

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I get a random vibration that gets worse at 55 mph. I don't get it all the time and it builds up. Like, I can feel it coming on, it'll get worse and worse until everything is shaking. Then I'll park it, get in it later and the vibration is gone. Sometimes it'll go away on it's own while driving.

Man, if anyone can give me some help that'd be great! I know it could be so many things and I don't have the money to put all new tires, suppsion, and axle assemblies.

Thanks!
I've seen several lifted jeeps with that same problem, complete alignment usually fixes the problem and sometimes a heavier duty steering stabilizer.

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I've seen several lifted jeeps with that same problem, complete alignment usually fixes the problem and sometimes a heavier duty steering stabilizer.
Cool! Thanks for the info. Luckly it's not too bad and doesn't happen too often.

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