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Damn I jinxed myself

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sandawgk5, May 27, 2006.

  1. sandawgk5

    sandawgk5 3/4 ton status

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    I was riding home yesterday about 35 and someone pulled out in front of me and I had to stab the brakes. Lets just say that the DW was so bad that my wrist is sore from how bad it shook:doah: . I rebuilt everything except replacing the kingpins themselves and I have preloaded the bushings with 2 spring cups and 1 fender washer. I do have airsoft pellets for balancing and am wondering if stabbing the brakes caused the beads to spin and become unbalanced causing the shake. This is the first time I have experienced this and I drive on the freeway alot. Any help would be appreciated should I just bite the bullet and replace the kingpins:crazy: .


    Thanks

    Ira
     
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    Go buy a stabiliser and see if that helps. Your kingpins were pretty tight IIRC.
    Or we could try my stabiliser on your someday.
     
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    How are the TRE's and DLE's? Pretty weird to get DW under heavy braking, it usually happens while driving along and hitting a bump in the road...then braking hard is the only way to stop it.

    I run a stock single stabilizer. In your case if you don't have a stabilzer at all I'd try one.

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    OK Thanks. Ya I dont have one and they are not expensive so I guess I oughta get one. It def would not stop doing it until I was well below 5 MPH and almost stopped at a stop sign. All of my ends are tight. I prolly should go through and recheck all of the nuts and bolts in the suspension for tightness also. I am gonna take it down the road today and see if it does it again but I will still put a stabilizer on anyhow it cant hurt.

    Ira
     
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    Do you still have the stock tie rod? If not I can fab a mount for you.
     
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    Yep still stock I will replace it with a HD one when I put my Hydro assist on.

    Ira
     
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    I would put a new springs and 2 fender washers in on each side and that should take care of it.
     
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    The springs have less than 500 miles on them and only one wheelin trip they are brand new. And they are already preloaded with the same thickness as 2 fender washers.

    Ira
     
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    How are the bushings Ira? Maybe you're running too much preload and the bushings are done?

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    I am not sure, I guess I could pull them and see. Also, after the last wheelin trip, basically a shake down run after all of the mods, I think the suspension has settled in or something cause my steering wheel is about 1/4 turn from being centered.

    I think I should check all suspension bolts, center the wheel and then check the bushings. I had it on the highway today up to 65 and had no problems at all:dunno: . I still have some brake vibes that seem to be from the rear, could the pulsations sent back through the system cause the wobble in the front? I guess I need to go to the yard while I am on leave and locate some caddy calipers. I refuse to pull the drums just to put them back on ya know if they are off might as wheel go disc:D .

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    Steering box loose? Frame cracked? Do you have the brace and all that installed? The last time wheelin caused my steering wheel to move was well before I ever installed the brace, the weld on kit etc etc.

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    Ya I have both the weld in and the bolt in brace but I prolly should check the box bolts for tightness also. I had no cracks in the frame when we welded on the brace either. I have 2 weeks off from work so I will get some of this checked out and hopefully get it figured out.

    Ira
     
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    Fixed it...
     
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    Ya that too :)

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    Check the nuts holding down the steering arm too. I had those loosen on me on the drive down to Moab a few years ago. Couldn't figure out why the truck was wandering so bad...then sheared three of them off exiting lower Helldorado.:doah:

    Rene
     
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    Thanks I'll check that as mine seems to want to wander now and it never did before.:doah:

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    Wow it is amazing how loose the steering is when the pitman arm nut loosens up and lets the pitman arm work its way off the splines:doah: . I got almost 1.5 turns on that damn nut before I could not move it anymore. Now the steering is back to normal, well normal for my truck:D . Thanks for the input

    Ira
     
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    Did you figure out the lockwasher thing?
     
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    Glad you found the problem Ira!!

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    Ya it is 7/8 but I could not go to the parts store so I just tightened it for now and will put one on and try to find a lock nut.

    Ira
     

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