Monday, February 20, 2006

Death Wobble cured with bushings

On Scott's XJ Wagoneer, the control arm bushings had been damaged by the constant oil leak from the air box. See the previous post on the engine swap to see why the blow by was so bad on this engine. The soft bushings were allowing the axle to shake despite all the normal cures for death wobble. Rather than just replace the bushing with stock parts we used this opportunity to upgrade the suspension. The poly bushings make a huge improvement in on road handling and have the added bonus of being easier to install than the stock rubber ones. If we had chosen the stock replacement, I would have replaced the entire arm with a new part complete with factory installed bushings.
death wobble gone

The complete installation is documented at mikestrawbridge.com/bushings.htm

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