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Old 07-03-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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Steering Stabilizer Install. Help?

I'm having trouble installing my new steering stabilizer (Rancho RS5407). On my 98 TJ. The sleeve for the axle end of the stabilizer is too small for the included bolt.

Also, how do I get the axle end of the stabilizer into the drag link? I believe I hit it with a hammer to get it out, so I shouldn't have to thread it back in right?

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As you can see the bottom of my drag link is threaded, but I can't seem to get the included bolt all the way in.

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Did I get the wrong size bolt with my stabilizer?

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Old 07-03-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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That is the same tapered stud I used to install my Rancho RS a few months ago. Is that an aftermarket drag link? I've never seen one threaded where the steering stabilizer bolt goes. That steel sleeve doesn't go into the SS's driver's side bushing, only the stud does. If you're careful, you can send a tapered reamer down into that threaded hole to get rid of the threads & provide the proper taper. Be sure to match the taper with the taper on the stud, and don't go too deep with it into the drag link... just deep enough so the tapered stud fits into it.

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Old 07-03-2013, 05:59 PM   #3
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I just replaced my OEM stabilizer with an OME unit and the drag link was not threaded either. The sleeve in my kit was used to replace the one that came in the stabilizer for the axle side bushing to get a proper bushing/bolt fit.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:00 PM   #4
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That is the same tapered stud I used to install my Rancho RS a few months ago. Is that an aftermarket drag link? I've never seen one threaded where the steering stabilizer bolt goes. That steel sleeve doesn't go into the SS's driver's side bushing, only the stud does. If you're careful, you can send a tapered reamer down into that threaded hole to get rid of the threads & provide the proper taper. Be sure to match the taper with the taper on the stud, and don't go too deep with it into the drag link... just deep enough so the tapered stud fits into it.
I'm not sure if its aftermarket. If it is then the PO must have installed it. It looks like the top half of the hole isn't threaded but the bottom half that I took a picture of is.

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Not sure if these are any help...
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