Identifying front suspension wear or trouble

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Identifying front suspension wear or trouble

Post by JeepdaddyRC » Thu May 06, 2021 6:43 am

Not new to Jeeps, but new to the M38A1 reversed spring shackle design.
While working thru my death wobble challenge, I found there is significant side-to-side movement of the front suspension.
PO stated the front springs were sandblasted and shackles and shocks are new.
What is considered excessive side-to-side movement and how to identify problems with the front spring eye or shackle bushings for wear or trouble?
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Re: Identifying front suspension wear or trouble

Post by jnissen » Sun May 09, 2021 3:34 pm

There shouldn’t be any side to side movements in the shackles or eye. Sometimes the rubber spring eyes wear out and that allows some movement. It should be minimal. Now there is expected some leaning in corners seeing they never came with a sway bar.

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