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The NHTSA has begun to investigate a new complaint from many owners, which refer to a "death wobble', which has plagued Jeeps front axels for generations. It doesn't seem like this issue is related to the faulty welds that were previously reported, and FCA has said that most of the incidents seem to be linked to poorly installed aftermarket suspension mods. https://www.autoblog.com/2018/11/19/jeep-wrangler-death-wobble-nhtsa/
 

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The Wrangler has needed a better alignment and damper on the front end for years now, so I'm not sure why new owners are surprised. I think the issue with this platform is how commonplace it has become to modify the factory configuration.
 

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There are only like something 11 reported cases so far, so I think this issue is being blown out of proportion. And I agree with so many owners going aftermarket, there is a risk for having things improperly installed, resulted in issues just like what we are seeing here.
 

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staying on top of what the many Jeep communities out here are reporting could help in dealing with this issue, often Wrangler owners are hands on and know solutions before dealers get the go ahead.
 

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Oddly enough safety has never been a big concern for Wrangler owners, and this kind of issue dates all the back to old Willy's. I know they hold up alright to safety/crash tests, but that's only in their factory setup.
 

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Big lift kits will affect the center of gravity, and there are a bunch of negative aspects of going with larger tires. Not only do they weigh more but they also result in a worse tuning radius.
 

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I think its also worth considering that a good number of these complaints might be from first time Wrangler owners. Anyone whos come from previous gen model is well aware that the steering in them has never been all that precise.
 

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There is a difference between loose steering and heavy vibrations. While neither are exactly safe, I do feel like the later leaves you much more open to an accident.
 
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