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Old 08-04-2010, 07:23 AM
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Continous bounce and wobble of steering wheel

I have new tires and wheels on the truck, so i know its not the crap wranglers i was running before. But running at 60 on the highway (asphalt) anytime i hit a bump, my truck bounces like 4 or 5 times. It takes any type of bump in the road horribly and throws a lot of movement into the steering wheel. This has been a serious problem, even before the 2 inch leveling kit and 35s. It has not gotten any worse since the lift, but has not gotten better.

any ideas? I have ran it by the shop which checked the front end and told me everything is fine. I know it is not normal as this is my 4th f-250.
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Did you check all you bushing ball joints steering steering stabilizer ect?
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:56 AM
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how are your shocks?
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Did the TopGun Customz 2" leveling kit include new caster bushings? Search "Death Wobble" and you will find many threads related to this issue.
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its not a death wobble, really i would just classify it as a really crappy harsh ride. it did the same thing before the leveling kit. I have dual steering stabilizer on it now. Its more the exxagerated bounce that drives me insane. The shocks are ranchos that were stock on the truck and have 40k miles on them? could the awful bounce be caused from them?
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Yes it could, the shocks could be over extending causing them to bottom out and not allow the axle to travel as much as it supposed to.
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its not a death wobble, really i would just classify it as a really crappy harsh ride. it did the same thing before the leveling kit. I have dual steering stabilizer on it now. Its more the exxagerated bounce that drives me insane. The shocks are ranchos that were stock on the truck and have 40k miles on them? could the awful bounce be caused from them?
I got new Rancho shocks (RS5000, same as the stockers) with my leveling kit that I put on at around 10K. When I changed shocks at around 45K (I think) the fronts didn't have ANY rebound in them. The backs were pretty tired, but still not nearly as trashed like the fronts, with 10K less on them.
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ya, i mean, everytime i hit a bridge joint, my rear end seems to bounce a few extra times. As soon as i have a load in the bed, the bounce is gone. For example, i had 4 tires and wheels back there, and that about eliminated the bounce all together. As soon as i have an empty bed, the exaggerated bounce is back.
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Unless you got castor shims you have lost the majority of your castor. Unless you got a adj track bar your axle has shifted 1/2-3/4".

5000's are really cheap shocks..Bilsteins or Icons would help your problems.
Adding a Dual steering stabilizer is always a recommendation when lifting a '05 up SD and helps mask the problem of lack of castor.

Pm me if I can help.
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im guessing its the shocks. These two problems have occured since BEFORE the leveling kit was put on. I have noticed there is ALOT more bounce coming from the rear than the front. Every man hole i run over feels like i am driving straight over a 5 inch curb. The back end feels like its on a trampoline.

CT- you think the castor shims will help with the steering wheel problem? THat only occurs if i hit a bump, it seems to track the steering wheel one way or another, not really a death wobble. Just an easy movement of the wheel that just kind of annoys me.
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