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I know that I am the first person to point out if there are not pictures did it really happen.
So you are going to have to believe me.
Or not.
LOL.
Been having vibrations at normal highway speeds. Seems to come and go and might be dependent on the condition of the pavement.
Can't really call it a death wobble though.
But awhile back did hit some bumps on the highway doing about 60 MPH and got what I am going to refer to as a "baby death wobble".
Seemed to feel it was just the driver's side front when it did happen though.
Finally hooked up with my buddy, old boss at the Napa, and we threw it up on his lift.
Well everything checked out the best we can tell on the front end.
He was impressed at how tight everything was for 172K.
Tires seemed OK, no spun bands, and balanced. Driveshafts look good. U Joints, including front axles, looked good.
Steering box seemed fine. Wasn't loose like the spacer had busted or bolt or 2 had snapped.
We did forget to check the steering shaft in the engine compartment though.
He felt a weird resistance trying to hold back the driver's side front tire while the Jeep was running, idling, and they were spinning in 4 wheel drive.
So he started thinking brakes. Which of the zillion things that could be going on there had occurred to me too.
We pulled off the calipers, welded up the notches in the steering knuckles, regreased everything, and threw it back together.
Been meaning to deal with those notches for sometime now so glad that finally got done.
He said the calipers looked fine. We were able to press the pistons in without a problem.
Still a fair amount of meat on the pads and considering I replaced those and the rotors about 25K ago guess I can't complain.
But he is thinking I should buy new pads and rotors anyway.
So took it for a spin on the highway and the vibration was still there.
But I had to drive at about 85 to 90 MPH to feel it.
But it did not feel as bad as when it would happen at lower speeds so......
While not a Jeep guy he knows his stuff and thinking he might be right.
So I figure drive the Jeep for awhile see what happens but will probably end up buying new rotors and pads.
Thinking go for the ceramic coated rotors we sell with the good Adaptive One disc pads.
Did notice that my backing plates on the front were pretty rusted.
But my buddy was pretty amazed at how clean everything else was underneath.
We further discussed getting those Up Country leaf springs and the new shackles on.
Showed him the cavities both front and rear where that nut is welded to the inside of the uni-body that we can't get at.
Explained to him how they used the red Loctite from the factory there and lot of times they bust loose.
His response was "Yeah I own a blow torch. We'll get "em" off."
LOL.
 

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Not sure if you mean a steel wheel for winter but, I'm not clicking that link. Measure center to center on your wheel lugs and that should answer your question......
 

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I filled my suitcase with a new tail light, rocker cover gasket, sump gasket and branded steering wheel cover.

not the average things people buy on holiday but my ZJ needs them. Turns out parts are basically half price or less in the UK compared to NZ.
 

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Within the last month I fixed a broken heater/AC box (tabs for the dash vacuum actuator had broken off) , replaced the entire AC system/heater core, new belt and pulley, replaced all 8 control arm bushings, new tie rod ends (Grand Cherokee tie rod upgrade), installed a transmission fluid cooler.... and put an air freshener in the cab. Busy/expensive month. Now I get to start concentrating on fun stuff like recovery points, rock sliders, bumpers, etc.😛
 
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