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Old 01-16-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
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Steering Stabilizer

After 2 YJs and a Grand Wagoneer, I've crossed over to the dark side for a TJ. It has a 3" body lift and a 2" suspension lift, but still has the OEM steering stabilizer. What would be a good upgrade for daily driving and slight trail use. Yes, I'm a newb. Sorry if it's off topic. I didn't see a relevant thread.

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Is the current stabilizer leaking? If not, you are probably fine. If it is, just pick a replacement up from Napa. No need to waste the money on a steering stabilizer.

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It's not leaking, but it seems to be a little weak. I'm just going on experience from my YJs, but it feels like the steering could be a bit tighter. Of course, I've owned it for one day.
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It's not leaking, but it seems to be a little weak. I'm just going on experience from my YJs, but it feels like the steering could be a bit tighter. Of course, I've owned it for one day.
I doubt the stabilizer will tighten up your steering much. I bought a new stabilizer for mine when the stocker started leaking, and I really couldnt feel the difference. How do the rod ends look?
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The stabilizer shouldn't have any bearing on the tightness of the steering. You should check everything in the front end starting with all of the ball joints, track bar joints, and any other joint you can find. Again, the steering stabilizer only dampens feed back to the steering wheel or covers up other above mentioned problems.
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The rod ends look good. I've gone over everything today. It only has 49K miles and hasn't been off-road much. This is my first lifted rig, so maybe it's just that I need to get used to that. I think NAPA actually sell Pro-Comp as their basic brand, if I'm not mistaken.
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The stabilizer shouldn't have any bearing on the tightness of the steering. You should check everything in the front end starting with all of the ball joints, track bar joints, and any other joint you can find. Again, the steering stabilizer only dampens feed back to the steering wheel or covers up other above mentioned problems.
When my YJ stabilizer was replaced, I could tell a huge difference. Maybe I just need to get more acquainted with the TJ.
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The rod ends look good. I've gone over everything today. It only has 49K miles and hasn't been off-road much. This is my first lifted rig, so maybe it's just that I need to get used to that. I think NAPA actually sell Pro-Comp as their basic brand, if I'm not mistaken.
It's hard to say. With 49k miles, I wouldnt think that it'd be all that bad if everything looks good and tight. As far as procomp and napa...I dont know. For some parts or vehicles, they may be...but I dont believe the one I picked up was procomp.
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It's hard to say. With 49k miles, I wouldnt think that it'd be all that bad if everything looks good and tight. As far as procomp and napa...I dont know. For some parts or vehicles, they may be...but I dont believe the one I picked up was procomp.
It's not that bad. My obsessive compulsive disorder is, though.
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It's not that bad. My obsessive compulsive disorder is, though.
The only thing I could think of that might be making the steering a little sloppy would be the caster being off. Depending on the caster (and the lift setup) the jeep may wander a little more. Only way to really adjust it though is adjustable control arms.
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The only thing I could think of that might be making the steering a little sloppy would be the caster being off. Depending on the caster (and the lift setup) the jeep may wander a little more. Only way to really adjust it though is adjustable control arms.
I've never really dealt with adjustable control arms. Pain or no?
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I have a rancho 5000 on mine
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I have a rancho 5000 on mine
That's what I put on my last YJ, and loved it. It really made a difference on it. Pensacola, we'll have to go trail riding. I'm in Foley and just bought mine out of Navarre.
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Nice I used to live in foley and gulf shores
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I also have the Rancho 5000. I noticed a very slight improvement, and before I had 99,000 miles on the OEM stabilizer. $55, so not a big deal.

If you do plan on changing it out, the tapered bolt that connects the stabilizer to the drag link is a PITA to get out. I fought it for about 2 hours with an impact hammer and heat & lots of PB blaster and it didn't budge. Went to AutoZone and rented a pitman arm puller, set it up and it popped right out. Free rental too.
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I did the samething with a pitman puller

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I just put a Rancho on my 97 a couple days ago. A lot stiffer than the stock one I replaced. I also used a gear puller and it worked like a charm...
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:19 PM   #19
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I had to replace my shocks because the bar pins suck and my bushings were shot, so I went ahead and put the stabilizer on. I just went with a Skyjacker Hydro 7000, and it definitely makes a difference. It takes a lot of the sponginess out. It was easy to do with a pickle fork and some PB Blaster. Pretty good upgrade for the money, in my opinion.

On another note, the bar pin eliminators are a good investment. I bought 4 from Rough Country for $40. You lose about 1/2" of travel, but that's no big deal for me.
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I also have the Rancho 5000. I noticed a very slight improvement, and before I had 99,000 miles on the OEM stabilizer. $55, so not a big deal.

If you do plan on changing it out, the tapered bolt that connects the stabilizer to the drag link is a PITA to get out. I fought it for about 2 hours with an impact hammer and heat & lots of PB blaster and it didn't budge. Went to AutoZone and rented a pitman arm puller, set it up and it popped right out. Free rental too.
Yup....same here.....thought just 2 bolts and it would pop right out......NOT!!!

I tapped it from the bottom a few times with the 3lb sledge and didn't budge so before I bent something I borrowed a friends Pitman puller....5 seconds with the impact socket and it was off quick as you please.

New one went in easy peasy and while the old one still had some resistance left in it the new one looks much better......lifetime warranty from o'Reilly for $32 and it looks much better
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Yup....same here.....thought just 2 bolts and it would pop right out......NOT!!!

I tapped it from the bottom a few times with the 3lb sledge and didn't budge so before I bent something I borrowed a friends Pitman puller....5 seconds with the impact socket and it was off quick as you please.

New one went in easy peasy and while the old one still had some resistance left in it the new one looks much better......lifetime warranty from o'Reilly for $32 and it looks much better
In Bama, pickle fork = Pitman puller

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