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Old 01-16-2003, 04:00 PM
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I have a 38 Lafayette street rod with MustangII front end. At about 52 miles per hour I get a wobble in the steering wheel?? Slower or faster no problem. I have tried new tires, shocks and balance. By tightening wheel bearings it has become better but is still there. I am afraid to tighten wheel bearing any more because I do not want to burn them out. Any suggestions?? THANKS

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Old 01-16-2003, 06:00 PM
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Have you tried rotating the front rims to the back to see if any change. Maybe it's an out of round rim on the front. Odd though, most wheel shimmys at that speed are balance issues. Out of round shimmy usually at very slow speeds in a parking lot or at fast speeds. But there's always an exception. It does it while just cruising or tapping the brakes?
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Old 01-16-2003, 06:57 PM
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I have had a similar problem with a bent rim (bought at a swap meet) It also was more pronounced at a certain speed, not sure why!
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hi everyone.
i know this is an old post but this is just what my trans am is doing.
my car is a 1980 trans am, but the whole front end is from a 76 firebird formula.
if im cruising at about 35mph 2100rpms in fourth my front end starts to shake and if i speed up or slow down it stops and it also dose it around 55mph 2800rpms in fourth gear.
im guessing the speed because my speedo isent correct.
i put new rotors breaks and an idler arm on it this year.
and last year my friend put tyrod ends on both sides.
the balljoints are good also.
i tryed to find a new draglink for it but im told that they cant get them anymore.
i tried napa. gm dealers and the local performance store and no one can find one.
and i dont want a used one .
My question is has anyone had this happen to them and what did you do to fix it .
i dont have a lot of cash to waste on trial and error.
any help would be great.
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Old 08-12-2004, 03:29 PM
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Double check for out of round rotor's
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i just put new rotors on it and new brakes and it still does it.
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Old 08-13-2004, 09:17 AM
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HEY KEN: I made the orginal post. I replaced the tires and had new ones balanced. I took it to an alignment shop and all the shimmy went away. I think part of the problem was tires that would not hold their shape. They were not the most expensive and the quality was not there. I up graded to Kelly Springfield and I have not had any more problems on my trips....GOOD LUCK...DAVE
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Thanks for the reply Dave.
i was going to replace the tires anyways so i'll see what happens.
Thanks again.
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Hey Dave.
i was getting the car ready for the races this weekend and i had the front end in the air.
taking the exhaust off and putting the collectors on.
and i thought i would give the front end a good going over and see if it was alright, and everything was tight. so i thought i would check out the tires and see if i could find anything wrong with them.
and bingo,the drivers side front has a flat spot and its cupped in.
So i put the tires that came with the car back on.
(the last owner had a blow out and couldn't find the same kind of tire so there mismatched in name only. There both the same size and with.)
But thats why i changed them, other wise there in perfect condition.
So anyways i put them back on and the car drives great now,no pulling no shaking nothing im impressed.
the tires that i had on were from my Elcamino and matched the back ones, and thats why i put them on.
but the one tire must have got a flat spot from sitting over the last 4 years.
Anyways thanks for the help.
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