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Old 07-18-2018, 06:12 PM
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So my 1997 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.9 Gas 4WD, shakes uncontrollably anywhere from 25-45 mph.I have to punch it from 20 to get upto 50, and at 50 it only has a slight shake. It may have just been mud, but it's done this before. And the truck has camber, unwanted camber. How do I fix the death wobble and camber? Ball Joints?
I want to do a complete refresh of the front end, I've got all new brakes and that stuff, but I want to do complete front end suspension. Is there any kits someone may know of for my truck?
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:33 PM
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Likely not death wobble, if you can speed up, and get thru it. Death wobble usually starts at higher speeds, and will not go away until you slow WAY down. Clean the mud out of your wheels, and see if anything changes.....
 
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:56 PM
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Shouldn't have any camber. Ball joints must be shot. Jack up the front enough to get a crowbar under the tire and yank upward while someone watches for play at the joints. You can find Chinese junk as a kit online that includes bj, track bar and tie rods but if you want to do it right get Moog or ac Delco parts. Then align it with zero toe and you're good.
 
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:58 PM
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Likely not death wobble, if you can speed up, and get thru it. Death wobble usually starts at higher speeds, and will not go away until you slow WAY down. Clean the mud out of your wheels, and see if anything changes.....
I cleaned out all of the mud, still shakes like a death wobble, but its only from like 35-45, I either have to stay at 30 or above 45, not that bad, but when it does it, it feels like an earthquake is happening. Just bounces up and down like crazy.
I bought some cheap ball joints on ebay to do for now, do you know if I'll definitely need a ball joint press or puller? I've never done ball joints
 
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:01 PM
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It's fun on a 4x4. I would have the press handy, just in case.
 
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:42 PM
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What I do is put antiseize in the hole. I have to change both my uppers because they went bad (Moog) and only took them out with a Chisel and Hammer, and only took the tire off. Left everything else connected
 
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:16 PM
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What I do is put antiseize in the hole. I have to change both my uppers because they went bad (Moog) and only took them out with a Chisel and Hammer, and only took the tire off. Left everything else connected
What year? You think I could just do this with the same tools? I've gotta do both upper and lower and both sides. Take the nut off then just start whacking it till the S.O.B comes out?
 
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaw91097 View Post
What year? You think I could just do this with the same tools? I've gotta do both upper and lower and both sides. Take the nut off then just start whacking it till the S.O.B comes out?
Don't think you can do that with the lower. And since the person before you probably didn't put antiseize in there you are best to do it with a press. I changed the uppers like this on all my 2nd gens (96, 01, 01, 98, & 99)
 
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Old 07-23-2018, 02:06 PM
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I use a big hammer to get 'em out, and a press to put 'em back in.
 
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Old 07-23-2018, 03:06 PM
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I use a big hammer to get 'em out, and a press to put 'em back in.
I'm the opposite I use a press to get them out and a socket and Hammer to put them in
 
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