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Old 07-03-2013, 04:39 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, 04:45 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, 04:59 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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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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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.
Jerry - I just received my RS5407. Is the steel sleeve not used on a TJ? (I haven't taken the old SS out, yet. So, maybe it goes on the axle side?)
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:52 PM   #6
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Sorry for jumping in but I thought this might be a good thread to ask some steering stabilizer questions. I was just told by a mechanic that I need to replace my steering damper which I assume is a steering stabilizer. I have an 04 Sahara with a 2" BDS lift. Do stabilizers come in different lengths for different lift heights? What should I look for when replacing my old one?
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Do stabilizers come in different lengths for different lift heights?
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What should I look for when replacing my old one?
a BDS 55407 stabilizer will cost you ~$50 + shipping

a Monroe SC2928 will cost you from ~$25 to ~$30 shipped:

Ebay = Monroe SC2928 Magnum Steering Damper
Amazon = Monroe SC2928 Magnum Steering Damper
Amazon = Monroe SC2928 Magnum Steering Damper
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:45 PM   #8
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I swapped mine out over the weekend. Surprisingly, the steering feels a lot better. It is less vague/less "sloppy". Worth the $50 I paid Rock Auto! One thing I found odd was the Rancho instructions called for 35 ft-lbs of torque on the drag link end, but my Chrysler shop manual called for 55 ft-lbs!
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I swapped mine out over the weekend. Surprisingly, the steering feels a lot better. It is less vague/less "sloppy". Worth the $50 I paid Rock Auto! One thing I found odd was the Rancho instructions called for 35 ft-lbs of torque on the drag link end, but my Chrysler shop manual called for 55 ft-lbs!
You should really "feel" no change in your steering with a new stabilizer, in fact, you should not be able to "feel" a change even driving without one. The fact that you do, indicates that there is another worn steering part, or parts somewhere. I suggest that you do a dry steering test and inspect all your steering linkage joints.
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Jerry - I just received my RS5407. Is the steel sleeve not used on a TJ? (I haven't taken the old SS out, yet. So, maybe it goes on the axle side?)
In the larger scheme of things, steering dampers are furnished with a selection of spacers to account for different vehicles having varying bolt sizes on the axle end. M12 versus 1/2", for example.
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You should really "feel" no change in your steering with a new stabilizer, in fact, you should not be able to "feel" a change even driving without one. The fact that you do, indicates that there is another worn steering part, or parts somewhere. I suggest that you do a dry steering test and inspect all your steering linkage joints.
Well, I was going to do the "ZJ mod" next, so that should swap out two of the tie rod ends. Is that what you are referring to?
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Well, I was going to do the "ZJ mod" next, so that should swap out two of the tie rod ends. Is that what you are referring to?
Could be anywhere in the steering linkage where there is a worn part...tie rod ends, drag link ends, track bar ends, steering box, ball joints, etc. The function of a steering stabilizer ( more accuratly called a steering dampener) is to soften jars to the other steering components when hitting uneven road surfaces, potholes, etc. In a steering system where there are no issues you won't even notice that the dampener is missing if you drove the Jeep without it.

The reason that your steering felt tighter after the stabilizer was installed was simply that it added some resistance, but it really didn't solve the problem. Kind of like putting a band aid on skin cancer. A dry steering test would help you identify worn parts.

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