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Old 09-18-2009, 09:29 AM   #1
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Which sterring stabalizer to purchase?

Hey guys the jeep I just purchased is a 2006 with a 4" lift and 33's. The sterring stabalizer is stock and I understand my handling on the road will improve if I change it. Can someone recommend a brand I should get? I will change this myself so is there anything else I should know?

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Old 09-18-2009, 09:41 AM   #2
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Everything I have read is they are all pretty much the same. A lot of people just go and get the one from Napa, no sense paying more for the same thing with a sticker on it.

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They ebay skyjacker ones are about $40. How much are they from napa?

Nevermind. I just found it on their web site. $34.29
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If the stock one isn't shot and/or you're not having problems on the road, why change it? They're all about the same.
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:07 PM   #5
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If the stock one isn't shot and/or you're not having problems on the road, why change it? They're all about the same.
Because while most aftermarket steering stabilizers are indeed pretty much the same, the OE steering stabilizer is downright puny compared to an aftermarket stabilizer and not really up to larger size tires like the 33" tires the OP has. Look at your own OE steering stabilizer and compare it to the size of one of your shock absorbers (they are the same size as an aftermarket steering stabilizer) and you'll see what I mean.

And while most aftermarket stabilizers themselves are the same, the hardware included in them is not. A generic stabilizer kit not made specifically for the Wrangler will not usually have the required tapered bolt that replaces the one that is removed when the OE stabilizer is taken off. The OE bolt is part of the OE stabilizer so you need a replacement tapered bolt to install the new stabilizer.

Kits made specifically for the Wrangler are the easiest to install for that reason, so I'd go for ones made for a Wrangler. Rancho's R5000 is a good one, Skyjacker's and OME's is too. ProComp's stabilizer is ok too but from what I have read, it has a thinner coat of paint and chrome on the strut so it tends to rust earlier than is good.

Make sure any steering stabilizer you install is hydraulic and not gas charged. Hydraulic does not expand on its own where as a gas charged model does which can cause steering problems... though gas charged steering stabilizers are not commonly sold for Jeep applications.
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I've got the Rancho and it has worked well so far.
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Thanks, Jerry, for that answer. Never seen that one explained before.
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Old 09-18-2009, 04:38 PM   #8
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I got a skyjacker 7400 becaus it used the factory mounts making it simple and clean to install. And its only 50 to 60 dollars with shipping depending where you buy it from.
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Old 09-18-2009, 04:47 PM   #9
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Thanks Man great info!!
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Because while most aftermarket steering stabilizers are indeed pretty much the same, the OE steering stabilizer is downright puny compared to an aftermarket stabilizer and not really up to larger size tires like the 33" tires the OP has. Look at your own OE steering stabilizer and compare it to the size of one of your shock absorbers (they are the same size as an aftermarket steering stabilizer) and you'll see what I mean.

And while most aftermarket stabilizers themselves are the same, the hardware included in them is not. A generic stabilizer kit not made specifically for the Wrangler will not usually have the required tapered bolt that replaces the one that is removed when the OE stabilizer is taken off. The OE bolt is part of the OE stabilizer so you need a replacement tapered bolt to install the new stabilizer.

Kits made specifically for the Wrangler are the easiest to install for that reason, so I'd go for ones made for a Wrangler. Rancho's R5000 is a good one, Skyjacker's and OME's is too. ProComp's stabilizer is ok too but from what I have read, it has a thinner coat of paint and chrome on the strut so it tends to rust earlier than is good.

Make sure any steering stabilizer you install is hydraulic and not gas charged. Hydraulic does not expand on its own where as a gas charged model does which can cause steering problems... though gas charged steering stabilizers are not commonly sold for Jeep applications.
Thanks for helping out with all the details that is what I needed to know!
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:19 PM   #11
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I have the OME. It works fine but I need to replace the bushings already
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After some research, I went with a stabilizer from Monroe. It seems to be doing fine for a year now with 33s. Sorry, I don't have the part number....wait I found it on ROF. SC2928
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Because while most aftermarket steering stabilizers are indeed pretty much the same, the OE steering stabilizer is downright puny compared to an aftermarket stabilizer and not really up to larger size tires like the 33" tires the OP has. Look at your own OE steering stabilizer and compare it to the size of one of your shock absorbers (they are the same size as an aftermarket steering stabilizer) and you'll see what I mean.

And while most aftermarket stabilizers themselves are the same, the hardware included in them is not. A generic stabilizer kit not made specifically for the Wrangler will not usually have the required tapered bolt that replaces the one that is removed when the OE stabilizer is taken off. The OE bolt is part of the OE stabilizer so you need a replacement tapered bolt to install the new stabilizer.

Kits made specifically for the Wrangler are the easiest to install for that reason, so I'd go for ones made for a Wrangler. Rancho's R5000 is a good one, Skyjacker's and OME's is too. ProComp's stabilizer is ok too but from what I have read, it has a thinner coat of paint and chrome on the strut so it tends to rust earlier than is good.

Make sure any steering stabilizer you install is hydraulic and not gas charged. Hydraulic does not expand on its own where as a gas charged model does which can cause steering problems... though gas charged steering stabilizers are not commonly sold for Jeep applications.
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Thanks, Jerry, for that answer. Never seen that one explained before.
As usual, once we get an answer from Jerry, we can pretty much close the thread!

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