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1998 GC Death Wobble

Old 10-31-2018, 10:03 PM
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Did you replace the upperncontrol arms? It looks like they are moving a lot at the body side bushing. Also I had one hub that barely had any noticeable play when I removed it but it was causing death wobble.
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Waynerd View Post
Did you replace the upperncontrol arms? It looks like they are moving a lot at the body side bushing. Also I had one hub that barely had any noticeable play when I removed it but it was causing death wobble.
Yes as I stated.

But I have now put a steering stabilizer on, but when I was finished doing that I asked my significant other to loosely turn the steering wheel and found I forgot to tighten the bolts for the drag link adjuster and I could see the movement until I snugged it up.

Don't know if it was that or if the stabilizer is hiding it, but for now I can drive it and come spring I will be upgrading to 1 ton steering.
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:15 PM
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It looks like your steering box is moving a lot side to side in your video. You may need a brace to keep that from happening.
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Old 11-10-2018, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by aesora View Post
It looks like your steering box is moving a lot side to side in your video. You may need a brace to keep that from happening.
Let me update this a bit.

First I missed tightening the drag link adjustment for the steering wheel which I found with help.

Death wobble is gone but I also put a stabilzer in but I am 99% sure the box is horribly worn due to excessive play in the wheel when driving.
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Old 11-10-2018, 11:33 PM
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Sorry, I should have added this in my previous message to make it more clear for you. Stabilizers are never a fix for death wobble. They donít fix whatever is loose. They donít fix what you donít have complete control over which is what death wobble is. They only mask it (sometimes better than others).

On the other hand, any play in your steering can definitely be from how much your box is moving around, and absolutely WILL cause death wobble. One ton steering, without any braces to the box, will not fix any play from the box moving. It can actually make it wear faster, which would result in even more play and worse death wobble.
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by aesora View Post
Sorry, I should have added this in my previous message to make it more clear for you. Stabilizers are never a fix for death wobble. They donít fix whatever is loose. They donít fix what you donít have complete control over which is what death wobble is. They only mask it (sometimes better than others).

On the other hand, any play in your steering can definitely be from how much your box is moving around, and absolutely WILL cause death wobble. One ton steering, without any braces to the box, will not fix any play from the box moving. It can actually make it wear faster, which would result in even more play and worse death wobble.
Oh I know about the stabilizer masking stuff. I needed to get this out of the shop and driving so I did what it took. Moving forward its working on the front end to make things better including new box and brace if necessary.
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Just out of curiosity check your front drive shaft your not looking for u joints so much (although the one at the front diff is probably tired) but take a look at the spline on the slip see if they are worn I dont think it's enough to cause the death wobble on it's own how ever I think the vibration it causes can tend to be a catalyst for the issue.

# death wobble survivor

I hope you dont go through what I had to in order to get rid of yours
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