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Hey everyone. Having some issues. I have a 3.5 inch lift on 37 with 4.88 Yukon gears. I found a place to road force balance my tires. Which made a huge difference in overall smoothness.but did not remove the vibration in my steering wheel. The steering wheel Shaka around 48-50 mph. Then goes away when you go faster. Could it be drives shaft or something else? Please need some help. Now the steering wheel shakes but the Jeep still tracks straight. Also I am one of the ones with funky steering. Not as bad as others but I do have a dead spot.





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Hey everyone. Having some issues. I have a 3.5 inch lift on 37 with 4.88 Yukon gears. I found a place to road force balance my tires. Which made a huge difference in overall smoothness.but did not remove the vibration in my steering wheel. The steering wheel Shaka around 48-50 mph. Then goes away when you go faster. Could it be drives shaft or something else? Please need some help. Now the steering wheel shakes but the Jeep still tracks straight. Also I am one of the ones with funky steering. Not as bad as others but I do have a dead spot.
Front driveshaft doesn’t spin in 2wd, so wouldn’t be that. It still can be tires, even though they are balanced, since it’s speed specific. Slightly out of round, or a defect. Try putting front tires on rear and rear tires on front and see if the shake goes from steering wheel to your seat. If not , you can eliminate tires as cause.
 
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when I had the tires balanced we also rotated. So there goes that idea. Good call though. Thank yoh
 

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why are you assuming its the tires and not alignment/geometry issues from your lift?
 
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What could it be. It was done by prob the best shop around who did my gears. Everything is within spec.
also if we assume it’s the lift. What would causea vibration into the steering wheel at that speed like that
 
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Sorry forgot to mention. Vehicle tracks straight and only issue is I have one of the junkier steering
 

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Tell us about the lift and mods you've done to the suspension and steering.....

Aftermarket control arms? All or just some (if only some, which ones)? Brand?
Do you aftermarket track bars? If so, just front, just rear, or both?
Upgraded steering parts (tie rod, drag link)?

The more information you provide about your Jeep and it's modifications, the more accurate help you'll get.
 
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Clayton 3.5 overland. It’s not the lift. Maybe something loosened up but the angles n lengths are correct.We are sure of it. I have been playing with the idea of an upgraded tie rod or drag link. But most people have shared that it won’t impact on road regular driving. Also I only have a few thousand miles so unlikely anything is worn. Maybe something is loose. You’d have a wobble or wondering.
 
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Btw the Clayton lift is awesome. I’m confident this issue has nothing to do with that lift and more something is loose or off. Just don’t know what. The only symptom is a shaky steering wheel from like 45 -50 and goes away after that
 

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Have you loosened and then retorqued your trackbar(s) front and back with the vehicle on the ground. Sometimes it’s the simple stuff.
 
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I don’t have the alignment. But was done by the best. But how could alignment cause a momentary steering wheel shake. I could understand a pull, wonder, issue tracking. I’m wondering if it’s just road vibration that translates through my dead spot in my steering
 

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I don’t have the alignment. But was done by the best. But how could alignment cause a momentary steering wheel shake. I could understand a pull, wonder, issue tracking. I’m wondering if it’s just road vibration that translates through my dead spot in my steering
It could be a combination of things, especially when basic troubleshooting hasn’t produced a solution. If it was a simple solution, it would of been fixed by now. An alignment report contains other info that can solve a more complex situation and keep one from chasing ghosts. When the right combinations have been dialed in, then the solutions can be found. For example, if your caster is low, which can be seen in an alignment report, it can cause hypersensitive to other components not being exactly in spec. It doesn’t matter how great your alignment tech is, they can’t adjust caster, individual toe, or camber without changing parts. The only standard alignment adjustments on a Wrangler are total toe and steer ahead. The loose steering and steering vibration might have multiple fixes. The alignment report contains information that can be included or excluded from the troubleshooting process and is free with alignment.
 
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So I had a similar situation. When they road forced my tires they told me I needed to spin them on the rim. I busted them off and spun them and remounted them (beadlocks) on three of the four tires on the ground. Shake gone. I am not saying this is your issue, but sounds similar to what I was experiencing. Anyone you could borrow rims and tires off of and put them on, test drive?
 

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Aligned to within factory specs, or to what is really needed? That question is for both toe and caster, assuming your kit came with at least adjustable front lower control arms.

Beefing up the steering linkages is a smart play on a factory Rubicon, even smarter on a lifted one. The oem arms and linkages are weak and prone to unwanted flex from lift and large tires. The rubber bushings are also of lower quality. All of my oem rubbers were showing stress cracks after just 10k miles that included nothing off road more than 2hi dirt roads.
 

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