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Old 07-09-2006
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Something is loose.

After spending 8hrs clearing all my voicemail, email and U.S.P.S. mail, I decided to try the SLR ' Film ' Camera tonight with the truck.

On the way down the street to the beach, I did about 60 and noticed a vibration. I progressivly became worse up to 90mph then I had to ' let off ' as it was getting scary.

Friend at Goodyear opened his shop for me. Alignment is good. Lower balljoints are 2 weeks old. Upper control arms are 2 weeks old. Lower bushings.. you guessed it, 2 weeks old. Wheels are all balanced, Tie rod ends are tight ( took a pair of channel-locks and a GOOD amount of force to move them ). Wheelberrings/rotors/calipers.. 2 weeks old.. Everything checked out fine. I worried of a warped rotor but a surfacing machine showed less then .003 thousandths of wear/warp.

Methinks it MIGHT be the rack going. I beat the bloody snot out of my front-end and its the oldest piece ( was replaced Jan05 when I rolled/walled ).

I can't wait to cut this suspension off and get rid of it this fall ..

Any ideas? Theres no noise, just a LOT of vibration coming through the steeringwheel.
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Old 07-09-2006
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did you jack it up and check your u joints. when my rears went all I had was a vibration in the steering wheel.
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did you jack it up and check your u joints. when my rears went all I had was a vibration in the steering wheel.
Done when I rebuilt the axle 4 weeks ago. Shaft was re-balanced at that time as well.
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when my rack was bad my steering wheel vibrated some.
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I'd check to see if the swaybar is tightened down also. You never know about that. Since you said you have basically replaced all the stuff that i'd guess would be the problem, then i'd have to say the rack next as you suspect. I'd give everything a once over also just to make sure because you never know what might have worked itself loose and what not. Your rims all perfect too? Don't know if you mentioned checking them.
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Physicly grab the rack D. and see if it is loose. It is mounted with rubber bushings that wear out. If they are overly worn it could be causing the rack to move creating the feedback in your wheel. Just an idea since you seem to have checked everything else already. I'd say your on the right track though.
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Either the rack or one of the wheels has gone out of round. Only way to check that is to force balance the wheels and see if they are spinning true. A regular balance won't show that, and most tire guys aren't good enough to visually see if the wheel has bad radial or lateral run out.
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i have a similar problem but when i press on the brake the tire shifts


well ill find out when it breaks
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I agree with SilverTank... A tire can be out of round (ie a bubble) and still balance out. Try a road force balancer? I had that problem on my old van...
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Physicly grab the rack D. and see if it is loose. It is mounted with rubber bushings that wear out. If they are overly worn it could be causing the rack to move creating the feedback in your wheel. Just an idea since you seem to have checked everything else already. I'd say your on the right track though.
We have a winner folks! Only bad thing is I have to return the FlamingRiver 17:1 Manual rack I was going to replace it with :( .
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So where do I claim my prize?

Glad you found it D.! And that shouldn't be too bad of a fix..
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