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dmaxchris1
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Posted: 01/20/08 12:20 PM

Just to let everyone know, there is a TSB for dodge trucks and that wonderful self-sustaining vibration at highway speeds.  It involves replacing both outer tie rods, steering stabilizer and setting tire pressure to around 65 psi.  You also need to check upper and lower balljoints by lifting the tires off the ground and checking movement from the 12 and 6 o'clock position and also using a pry bar between the bottom of the knuckle and bottom ear of the axle housing see if the knuckle moves up and down. If there is excessive movement then the balljoints need to be replaced.  Hope this helps!  

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Big.Pipes2003
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Posted: 03/19/08 04:53 PM

hey ill tell you what, ive got the same issue with my 03 dodge 2500...well had that is.  i installed a 6" lift on it and hit a bump at around the same speed, i thought i was gonna roll over. anyway it stopped when i bought 35 inch tires and a new set of wheels, they are offset, so i really dont know if it was that or just luck.  i got an alighnment twice, and it didnt help, dealership said it was the track bar,  nope. i guess im one of the few lucky ones. my truck no longer is infected with the "wobble"  
2003 Dodge 2500 Cummins, 6" Superlift, 35" Swamper SSR, Custom 6" mbpr stacks, Bullydog tuner, outlook monitor, and intake

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Crummins
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Posted: 03/27/08 10:55 AM

About your front end. There is a Factory recall from Dodge on this problem. My 06 Mega cab did the same thing. Without any lifts. The replaced the Ball joints and Steering Stabilizer. No problems since.  

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Harter-built
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Posted: 03/29/08 08:47 AM

I just went through this on my 07. Two weeks ago I almost took out every car on a three lane highway trying to stop the "DEATH wobble". I called 2 local dealers who stated that they have never heard of such a problem. Took it to NTB got balanced and aligned($200) and still get a shake from time to time but not near what it was doing.They also advised that an upgrade on the stabilzer should remedy the shake completely.  
'07 black swb 5.9, 6-sp, Autometer gauges, Predator, Puck, S&B ,Stright piped and stacked, 2" leveling spacers, 35" BFG's on 20's

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Jon12ValveCummins
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Posted: 03/29/08 10:54 AM

on my dad's 93 3/4ton it gets the wobble but only when u have the front end locked in (but the drive shaft is bent a little i think thats the problem idk what u guys think?)  
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heavyhaulguy
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Posted: 04/10/08 01:34 PM

i have an 05 and it did the same thing, checked everything nothing worked. finally installed a dual steering stabilizer and problem was totaly fixed. hasnt done it since that was a year ago.  

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GonnaKeepTheGoat
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Posted: 07/02/08 09:17 PM

OK... I feel everyone's pain! I'm almost to the point of taking the leveling kit off of my '07 dodge 3500...I figured that was the problem. But I was told that you could get some sort of double shock system and it would take care of all of the shaking. Anyone else heard anything about that?  

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needpower
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Posted: 07/02/08 09:37 PM

i beleive theres and article in julys diesel power mag with a story on how to fix that problem.  
1997 f-250 7.3 powerstroke. just another old truck making big power hahaha
my lug nuts need more torque then what your honda makes

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JoshJones02
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Posted: 07/03/08 02:10 AM

My 97 1/2ton dodge (clubcab 4x4, 360 gas, stock height) HAD the "DW". It had blown everybodies mind that I had talked to, including the local alignment shops. By the time things were said and done, I had put a new track bar, 2 shocks, stabilizer, 4 ball joints, 2 wheel bearings, 3 tie rod ends, and a steering gear box (but not in that order). What took care of it (for me) was a combination of the track bar, stabilizer, and the steering gear box (bout $600). It DID go away tho. Does your truck have the problems more loaded or unloaded? It may or may not help since mine was a gas burner AND simply a 1/2 ton, but the front end parts and setup are extremely similar (for the one's I've seen), just bigger...
Don't et rid of it yet, there may be an easier solution than you might think.  
2000 XJ - stock for now
1997 Dodge Ram Clubcab 4x4 360 - unfortanately, also stock...
(anybody have a 5 or 6spd manual trans they'd sell for either?)

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E2theRock2
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Posted: 07/04/08 11:51 AM

My 2006 Cummins (now totalled) had the death wobble like none other. It was only after i put the leveling kit on it that it started doing it. I put a steering stabilizer on it and switched sides of the block and to no avail. So then i took the shocks off and swicthed them too and that stopped it from doing that. Mine was so bad that it literally felt like the truck was gonna shake itself apart.  
2011 Chevy Silverado 3500 cc/sb all stock H4 package.
2010 Camaro SS E2theRock2

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needpower
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Posted: 07/04/08 10:17 PM

i got the answer for the front end shaking. DODGE MAKES IT CUMMINS SHAKES IT  
1997 f-250 7.3 powerstroke. just another old truck making big power hahaha
my lug nuts need more torque then what your honda makes

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E2theRock2
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Posted: 07/05/08 05:48 AM

Hahahaha damn straight.... Always wondered why my truck shook so much....  
2011 Chevy Silverado 3500 cc/sb all stock H4 package.
2010 Camaro SS E2theRock2

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needpower
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Posted: 07/05/08 08:17 PM

well you found it why it shook so much.....rolling it 4 times does that to a truck.  
1997 f-250 7.3 powerstroke. just another old truck making big power hahaha
my lug nuts need more torque then what your honda makes

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E2theRock2
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Posted: 07/08/08 06:58 AM

It doenst shake anymore.... The only place it has left to go now is the scrap yard. Motor and trans are now out of it and are looking for a new home.... I'm thinking two wheel drive reg cab short bed 1500? hmmmmm tubbed out..... maybe 1200hp? Sound good to everryone else?  
2011 Chevy Silverado 3500 cc/sb all stock H4 package.
2010 Camaro SS E2theRock2

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08_D-MAX
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Posted: 07/08/08 09:23 AM

I WAS READING SOMEWHERE THAT THEY MAKE A BRACE THAT GOES BETWEEN THE STERING BOX AND THE FRAME THAT STOPS IT. BD MAKES IT. HERES WHAT IT SAYS...

The BD Steering Box Stabilizer kit for '94-'02 two- and four-wheel-drive trucks and '03-'08 four-wheel-drive Dodge heavy-duty trucks includes the steering box brace, mounting hardware, and greasable bearing assembly.
The SBS is available for '94-'02 two- and four-wheel-drive models, and '03-'08 four-wheel-drive Dodge trucks. At only $205, it's a worthwhile investment for your Ram's steering.  
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