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Old 09-24-2009, 09:21 AM   #1
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steering stabilizer

I run a yj with 4 in lift and 35 in tires, and im looking to get a steering stabilizer. I want to git rid of the shakey steerig wheel. However i have no clue about them, do I just need one. is it an easy bolt on, anyone have info on a good brand, and instalation tips?

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Old 09-24-2009, 09:49 AM   #2
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Installation is as easy as replacing a shock, but you don't even have to remove a tire to get access. A lot of people recommend Bilstein shocks for quality. I have the RC stabalizer that was part of my lift kit. I am sure someone else will also give some input.

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not too sure on this, but ive heard that all stabilizers are pretty much the same
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:14 AM   #4
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So how hard are they to install? any tips on this?
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:42 AM   #5
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So how hard are they to install? any tips on this?
havent actually done one yet, but i am also need of a new stabilizer. but from the looks of it, replacing shouldnt be too difficult. just a couple bolts.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:53 AM   #6
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Replacing it is just 2 bolts anybody can do it! I was talking to my Rough Country rep. the other day about them with tires up to 35" he recommends just there standard heavy duty unit. With larger tires he said to move up to there new 2.2 stabilizer.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:50 PM   #7
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I got the one from NAPA for my 87 YJ and it seems to work fine ,I think it was around forty dollars. You may need some sort of puller (I did) to remove the bolt from the tie rod something like a pittman arm puller or ball joint seperater and you need a torque wrench to put it all back with
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I'm in the middle of doing one now. Sure it seems easy, and it is...if the bolts arent rusted on or stripped.

I'm putting a Skyjacker Hydro 7000 on my YJ and the bolt going to whatever that pole that connects the two wheels was impossible so I took a grinder to it and cut it in half
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:58 PM   #9
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The bolt that goes into the tie rod is a tapered bolt. The tighter you turn the nut, the tighter the taper wedges into the bore of the tie rod.

These are damn tight, & a pitman arm puller with an impact gun works well in loosening it.

Get the puller bolt tight, & take a ball peen hammer & tap the side of the tie rod's bulge to get the tapered bolt to pop loose. Wear safety glasses.
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:17 PM   #10
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I'm ficing to do one of these myself. Does anyone have pictures? I found over at Jeepforum pictures of the side bolted to the frame, but does anyone have pictures of the drag link side? Mine does not have one installed already, so it's not a matter of just pulling off the old one and bolting on a new one I'm afraid.
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Is a steering stabilizer just a shock? Or is it different? I mean I have a couple spare rough country shocks. Can I use those?
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:07 AM   #12
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I ordered one up in hopes of helping a little with the sloppy steering. I got the Rancho brand to match the rest of my lift. From what I have gathered with a tie rod puller and some PB blaster to loosen the bolts you can knock this mod out in 30 mins or so. It is essentially just another shock, but the length to which is compresses and extends is a big part of it. Plus a regular shock/strut has different ways of attachment then the steering stabilizer does, so I imagine it would be rather difficult to get a regular shock to work in this scenario.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:04 AM   #13
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Ok thanks for the information 93wrangler.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:01 PM   #14
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my wrangler is a 93 and has no steering stabilizer

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