Death wobble.
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    FRESHMAN ROVER
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    Death wobble.

    Just a quick bit of information that may help others.

    I replaced the power steering damper strut, a couple of days ago, and the difference to the accuracy of the steering is huge. It took 20 minutes and I couldn't believe the improvement, no more leaping and hopping on a bumpy road.

    I bought a Bilstein steering damper from Rimmer Bros. and it is worth every penny.

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    Re: Death wobble.

    If you really do have death wobble as you say, I would be careful with just writing off the steering stabilizer being the fix. Most of the time, an upgraded steering stabilizer will just mask the true problem. If I were you, take a close look and test the balljoints on both sides of your rover. Then check all the tie-rod ends for the drag link and anti roll bar links and bushings.
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    Re: Death wobble.

    don't forget to get your wheels balanced as this is the real issue for wheel shimming(poor tyre ware most likely brought about by poor steering components)?
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    Re: Death wobble.

    Mine steered like crap because of worn tyres...
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    Re: Death wobble.

    The Rimmer bros video series on Death Wobble, 3 parts, at least shows the cheapest to most expensive way to approach the repair. I never did find the 4th part mentioned in part 3.

    Don't forget an alignment if you are overdue or showing tire wear. I would do that anyway just so you start from a known good position.
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    Re: Death wobble.

    Thanks for all the replies.

    My tyres, tracking and balance are all correct as I have just fitted new Pirelli road tyres, and I had those things done at the time of fitting the tyres.

    But, I will have a look at the issues mentioned by DaGlitch over the next week or so. I will be replacing the drag link and anti-roll bar bushes fairly shortly.

    But, the vehicles doesn't wander anywhere near a badly as it did before I changed the steering damper.

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    Re: Death wobble.

    Tyres, wheel nuts, spigot rings, balanced wheels, steering damper (but DaGLitch's comment is spot on, and when I got mine my damper was covering a whole load of issues), anti roll bushes, dampers, track road ends/ drag link, radius arm bushes, panhard rod. (if you have lift or coil conversion then there's probably a few other things to consider
    It's easy to follow the Rimmer videos sequentially and replace stuff that doesn't need doing I know I did ) If you have poly bushes in the radius arms start there... after six months of messing that's what did it for me - that and changing the wheel nuts from what the PO gave me for a new set.
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    Re: Death wobble.

    I will follow these suggestions when I get the vehicle in for a service shortly. I will replace the anti-roll bar bushes and track rod ends first, and I have already asked my garage guy to order the parts. They should arrive in a week or so.

    Thanks for the advice, much appreciated.

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