Help Needed death shake at 35/45 mph

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  1. bigwillie

    bigwillie SDD Junior Member

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    I just bought a 1988 super duty diesel. Most of the time somewhere between 35 and 45 MPH it starts shaking violently. I have tried driving through it and it continues on through at least 60 which is when I let up on it. It doesn't do it everytime but at least 90 percent of the time. I know the steering linkage is tight ball joints are good and steering stabilizer seems good. I'm about to rotate the tires and see if it helps.
     
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    Tire balance is the biggest cause of the Death Wobble.

    Dave
     
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    Oversized tires will do it also. I had the death wobble after I went with larger tires, dual steering stabilizers helped reduce the wobble alot.
     
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    I had an issue with death wobble when I first purchased my truck. I've heard all types of remedies like checking bushings, ball joints, making sure shocks weren't worn and a combination of other things. I had bought a dual steering stabilizer hoping that would solve it and got it realigned and nothing worked. I though I was out of luck but then a friend of mine had told be about the Readylift adjustable track bar so i figured I would try it if it would get rid of the wobble. I put it on and it was a life saver. I've had it on now for about a year and haven't had any issues.
     

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