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Old 01-13-2014, 08:17 PM   #1
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Steering Stabilizer - OME vs Rancho

So I smashed up my stock steering stabilizer over the weekend and need to replace it.

I've narrowed down my choice to either of these two:

Old Man Emu with ARB relocation bracket for $111.99 shipped

Old Man Emu Steering Stabilizer with Relocation Bracket for 07-14 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with LHD - Quadratec






or Rancho RS5000 and Rancho relocation bracket for $102.32 shipped on Amazon.







It looks like the Rancho relocation bracket comes with a new mount for the tie rod end which is a plus. With price being so close, what is everyone's experience with these two?

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Old 01-13-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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I'd spend a bit more and go for the FOX ATS 2.0 Steering Stabilizer. Put one on mine and love it so far.
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x2 on fox... if not Fox, flip a coin. Both Rancho and OME have a great rep. I'd go with Rancho since I have their shocks and love them.
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I cant justify spending that much money on a stabilizer, especially when I could go cheap and just find a used factory stabilizer and throw it in with a $20 relocation bracket and it would be just fine.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:40 PM   #5
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Then I agree with Invictus, have Rancho shocks and they are great so I'd probably go with their stabilizer. Or...I'd find a way to justify the FOX...just saying that's how much I like mine and how much of a difference it made in driving...
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I don't think OME manufacturers their own shocks, while Rancho probably does. Shocks are one component whose design transcends well across vehicles and Rancho designs and manufactures components for a lot of vehicles not just JKs.

If those are your only two options, I would go with Rancho.
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I have an AEV dualsport 2.5" and the OME up front as the stabilizer, relocated.

No issues. Stuff is just good, solid stuff. ARB bumpers and prior Land Rover success made me know the name (OME). Rancho is good stuff too...


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OME is ARB, and ARB is top shelf. Rancho is owned by Tenneco, the company that manufactures the OEM Jeep suspension. Both are excellent. My only beef with the fox is that it uses the track bar bolt hole, and uses the OEM size (wrong size) bolt. Im not sure if rancho/OME does the same thing.
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OME is ARB, and ARB is top shelf. Rancho is owned by Tenneco, the company that manufactures the OEM Jeep suspension. Both are excellent. My only beef with the fox is that it uses the track bar bolt hole, and uses the OEM size (wrong size) bolt. Im not sure if rancho/OME does the same thing.
If we are taking about the ATS. You can use a regular track bar bracket over the mount or mount in the stock location.

Rancho now has a 7000 series SS.

The track bar bracket can be bought anywhere and you can use the factory tie rod mount in mount cases-just rotate.
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If we are taking about the ATS. You can use a regular track bar bracket over the mount or mount in the stock location.

Rancho now has a 7000 series SS.

The track bar bracket can be bought anywhere and you can use the factory tie rod mount in mount cases-just rotate.
I'll change out my SS when/if I damage mine.
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I'll change out my SS when/if I damage mine.
The post was for the OP mostly
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My only concern with the Fox ATS is that I do a lot of river bottom (sandy) wheeling. I feel like without a boot covering the stabilizer it is only a matter of time before I end up destroying the shaft and seals.

BTW I got a rancho steering stabilizer through napa for $42.
I do not know too much about steering stabilizers, but to me it seems like a waste of money to go with a fancy expensive one. The stock one worked just fine right?
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I'm happy with my OME stabilizer with relocation bracket after bashing the stock one on a rock.
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I'll probably end up just going the Rancho route, it will match my shocks anyway.
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I'll probably end up just going the Rancho route, it will match my shocks anyway.
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Ended up finding this kit from Rancho which includes the stabilizer and bracket, $69.99 shipped.

Rancho RS97356 Steering Stabilizer Bracket Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Ended up finding this kit from Rancho which includes the stabilizer and bracket, $69.99 shipped. Rancho RS97356 Steering Stabilizer Bracket Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive
That should work !!
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I don't think OME manufacturers their own shocks, while Rancho probably does.
Could not be more wrong.

Old Man Emu is one of the only suspension manufacturer that builds ALL of thier own stuff in house. Coil spings, leaf springs, shocks and stabizers are all built in house.

OME manufactures shocks for a number of thier competitors because they don't have the ability to produce thier own.

These lower end shocks don't get the vehicle specific valve tuning and ARB backed warranty the OME units do.
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So the kit was delivered today. I'm not sure why but it includes a bunch of extra hardware. I assembled everything to the best of my knowledge, of course with everything, the directions arent always the best.



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So the kit was delivered today. I'm not sure why but it includes a bunch of extra hardware. I assembled everything to the best of my knowledge, of course with everything, the directions arent always the best.
Mounting hardware for the Tj is included.
Edit: wait... Are you sure that's not for a TJ ?
Looks awfully short.
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The part number references for 07-14.
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The part number references for 07-14.
Is it fully extended/maybe locked in like the 9000's ?
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It's fully compressed in the photo.
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that makes sense.
the teraflex comes with the same extra parts.

i built my own flip kit. only works with 3+ in of lift but it was all of 4$
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Sub'd for the link to amazon for the rancho as I may go this route. Thx
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It's fully compressed in the photo.
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