1996 Jeep Cherokee violent shimmy at 55

Tiny
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Shakes or Wobbles problem
1996 Jeep Cherokee 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic

my jeep shakes violently at 55 mph, I had death wobble over the last year, and a few months ago after much frustration I tore the front end apart and and replaced EVERYTHING, balljionts, bushings, control arm heim joints( has a 4.5 lift) tie rod ends, steering stabilizer, tightened steering box ( all three bolts were loose) and added a steering box brace. After all of this the jeep ran fine. Untill last week, when I reached 55 mph and it shoock like I had deathwobble again, needless to say I'm at my wits end. Please help.
thank you, steve
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Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 AT 4:25 PM

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Tiny
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Ok you lifted the truck so all the steering geometry is now off this needs to be staightened back out. They make kits to lower the steering linkage back and you didn't mention weather or not you put in a track bar that is adjustable with eurothane bushing or not. I would check out like skyjacker or fabtech and see what they offer.
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Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 AT 7:53 PM
Tiny
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The track bar is adjustable and the lift was installed 4 years ago. This started happening about 3 months ago.
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Monday, November 24th, 2008 AT 3:32 AM
Tiny
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Ok you didn't mention how onld the lift is. So what needs to happen is figure out which bushings are bad. The track bar bushings or the upper and lower A-arm bushings either at the frame or at the diff. How does the pitman and idler arm feel are they loose. You need to do a basic shake down of the front end.
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Monday, November 24th, 2008 AT 10:37 AM
Tiny
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The lower ball joints were bad. I think that was caused by my steering box being loose. How do I properly check my track bar to make sure the bushing and rod end are ok? I thightened the steering box after I replaced all the parts.
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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 AT 3:48 AM
Tiny
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Good bad ball joints are a cause as for the track bar what kind of bushings are in it? Are they rubber or eurathane? Let me know ok. Thanks.
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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 AT 9:37 AM
Tiny
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Euathane
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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 AT 1:25 PM
Tiny
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There should be almost no play in those.
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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 AT 9:14 PM
Tiny
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Thats what I thought. Its all back together and I have an appointment for next monday to get it aligned and the tires balanced. Thanks for all your help.
Steve
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Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 AT 3:32 AM
Tiny
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Hey no problem thats what I paid for wyo tech for. Thanks for your support and let me know how it comes out. Have a Great Thanksgiving too.
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Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 AT 10:01 AM

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