So, I just put a 4" Skyjacker lift and 33" Mickey T's on my 03 Rubicon and I need to replace the steering stabilizer. I was just about to order a Rancho version off Amazon. Before I do this, is there anything I need to know? Does the type of stabilizer change due to the lift? This is the one I was looking at...
The stabilizer won't affect alignment, but I don't know regarding the spacers, I've never used them or set the alignment on a vehicle that had them installed. I would assume that since they are supposed to sit flush to the hub that it wouldn't change the alignment at all.
Ya, I found it on amazon for $87 and it said it fits my jeep. However, I may just go with the other one I mentioned earlier. It's $33 less and this vehicle is going to be 95% daily driver, rarely on the trails. Winter snow is the biggest obstacle she'll be dealing with. Still debating on the wheel spacers though. Some say it's needed for added stability, others say I don't need them...
Should I hold off on the alignment till the stabilizer and spacers are on? Didn't know if they'd throw it back off...
I would align it asap. The spacers and the stabilizer won't affect alignment. But the 4" lift will toe it in a lot. Probably about an inch. If you drive it like that, not only will you wear tires quick, but you're also a candidate for death wobble.
If I were going with Rancho, it would be the RS7000MT.
The RS5000 is an excellent choice for use as a steering damper (aka stabilizer). I'm on my 4th or 5th over the years & most recently installed Rancho's RS5000. It's just a steering damper, nothing more. Now if it was being used as a shock absorber for all four wheels, I wouldn't choose the RS5000.
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All steering stabilizers are not created equal, though. Some have stiffer valving and some like the rs7000mt have a nitrogen charge that according to the mfg will "tightening steering performance". I prefer a tighter steering feel so I bought an OME sd48 that has stiffer valving. I don't like the feel of the OEM unit with standard issue tire size and can only imagine how much I'd hate it when I go to 35/12.50s. For a $20 or $30 difference I feel it's worth it. Different strokes for different folks.
A proper set up does NOT need a steering stabilizer. Its sole purpose is to absorb energy from bumps and stuff, which makes your parts last longer. You don't need some fancy nitrogen charged stabilizer to have tight steering. Any cheap stabilizer will get the job done. The Monroe OE replacement seems to be popular because it's easy to get at any auto parts store and is cheap.
That fancy rancho stabilizer isn't tightening anything up, it's simply adding more resistance which makes it feel tighter, when in reality it's doing nothing but making your pump and steering box work harder.
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