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death wobble? need to know what to fix

so some people tell me i have a death wobble, but when i see videos it doesnt look like what i have. when i get up to about 35-45 cruising the steering will shake and go from side to side and its pretty bumpy, any other speed it doesnt happen, like i was crusing at about 65 for 10 minutes the other day and it was a normal ride. another friend said i need new rotors and brakes which is probably right anyway, another person said its my hubs, and another person said the tires need to be rebalanced (because i bought them used and never balanced them)



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try getting the tires balenced first!
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Generally our trucks dont get death wobble because we still have the leafs up front unlike the 05+ with IFS. most likely its either your rotors you may have warped them in a hard brake situation or the used tires. I would try rebalancing the tires first to see if that fixes it then next do brakes then after that then look into other causes

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Generally our trucks dont get death wobble because we still have the leafs up front unlike the 05+ with IFS. most likely its either your rotors you may have warped them in a hard brake situation or the used tires. I would try rebalancing the tires first to see if that fixes it then next do brakes then after that then look into other causes
steering damper?
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steering damper?
Nope nope nope nope. Steering stabilizers are bandaid covering the problem. the money you spend on the stabilizer can be used to FIX the problem. I have 13 in lift with 44s and i dont run a stabilizer because its not necessary. I may put one on but thats only because i get gnarly bump steer on our sh!tty iowa roads but not for death wobble

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I have a new stabilizer, only one, don't like the look of two. I bought it like 4 months ago. I'm thinking about doing rebalance then brakes and rotors if that doesn't work.



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Tire may have broken a cord. I had one once. Balanced fine, ride like a bucking bronco.

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When you get it rebalanced check and make sure all your steering linkage and ball joints don't have free play. Easy to do while front ends off the ground.


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Floorboy. What's a broken cord?



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There are a lot of causes for death wobble. But like Rammstein said is more rare on leaf springs. It can be caused by bad ball joints(not just in the knuckles or C's either)ball joints in your steering, loose track bar, unbalanced tires, worn hubs, unbalanced rotors, worn leaf/shackle bushings (make it more noticeable) sloppy/ bad steering box, bad alignment. Just to name a few. If it happens to be your hub/unit bearings be sure to buy quality ones with Timken bearings preferred. Otherwise you could be changing it in 2 weeks.

Almost forgot, if your steering stabilizer leaked out its fluid it won't help at all, I have had it make DW worse. (Been there & done that)

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