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Old 02-24-2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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aftermarket JK steering stabilizer....Do they fit??

Anybody changed their stock steering stabilizer to an aftermarket one?
I noticed mine is starting to drip some hydraulic fluid around the seal.
The JK stabilizer is pretty skinny and the aftermarkets appear to be a larger diameter. It looks like it would be an extremely close fit where it attaches to the trac bar bracket. I'd rather upgrade to the ProComp if it would fit.

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Old 02-24-2012, 09:17 PM   #2
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I've got a Warrior on mine. Much fatter than the stocker, but fits fine.

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Old 02-24-2012, 10:36 PM   #3
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I upgraded to the Skyjacker with no issues.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:33 PM   #4
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:55 PM   #5
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I upgraded to the Skyjacker with no issues.
Thanks Daggo, I was thinking about the skyjacker, but I'm having some problems keeping the rust at bay on my skyjacker shocks. I spray them down with WD 40 every so often and that has seemed to slow it down. KBWWOLF had mentioned in a previous thread about corrosion from road salt up where he lives, so I wonder how long the skyjackers will turn from white to brown once I move to UT next year.
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On my TJ, the stabilizer had to be knocked out with a fork. Do the stabilizers on a JK come out easily?
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:29 AM   #7
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On my TJ, the stabilizer had to be knocked out with a fork. Do the stabilizers on a JK come out easily?
Mine did. But, at the time, my Jeep was only about 5 weeks old, so...coulda just been the nice, squeaky clean threads.
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Has anyone noticed a performance advantage of a heavy duty aftermarket as opposed to the stock. After I changed to larger tires, I did notice a bit of....I guess for lack of a better description, a bit of a wander, at speeds over 40mph that forces me to make frequent small corrections. Not anything bad enought to force me to try a beefier stabilizer, but since this one is starting to leak I hope that replacing it may solve that small problem.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:15 AM   #10
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FWIW, many people with pretty insane builds continue to run the stock stabilizer.
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Has anyone noticed a performance advantage of a heavy duty aftermarket as opposed to the stock?
Huge advantage in the rough at higher speeds (at least with the OMEs and Bilsteins, which is all I've ever used over the past 17-18 years). Outside of that, it's doubtful you'll tell any difference.

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Has anyone noticed a performance advantage of a heavy duty aftermarket as opposed to the stock. After I changed to larger tires, I did notice a bit of....I guess for lack of a better description, a bit of a wander, at speeds over 40mph that forces me to make frequent small corrections. Not anything bad enought to force me to try a beefier stabilizer, but since this one is starting to leak I hope that replacing it may solve that small problem.
Did you install a lift at the same time as your larger tires? Because from your description it sounds like your caster isn't where it should be, around +4º ~ +6º.

If you've got adjustable control arms, that'll correct your caster.
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The stock steering stabilizer is good up to about a 35-inch tire. Anything bigger and you'll start to get steering feedback, even at highway speeds.

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That's a beasty rig you've got there Sean.
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Ok here's my two cents. I put a 4.5 lift on my rig RE short arm kit with 37,s and tried a dual stab set up well this bitch was all over the place so took one off then it started pushing one way so I tried to go back stock that helped some but not good enough ended up with a fox high steer setup and works pretty good. No matter what I did its still not stock and I don't think a lifted ride will ever ride like that.
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Ok here's my two cents. I put a 4.5 lift on my rig RE short arm kit with 37,s and tried a dual stab set up well this bitch was all over the place so took one off then it started pushing one way so I tried to go back stock that helped some but not good enough ended up with a fox high steer setup and works pretty good. No matter what I did its still not stock and I don't think a lifted ride will ever ride like that.
Dual stabilizers are almost always a bad idea. Having one that is gas charged can push the steering to the left when accelerating from a stop or letting go of the steering wheel while driving. The stock SS is one of the best options for tires up to 35". I have heard good things about the FOX one though but at $150+ it should be.
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Dual stabilizers are almost always a bad idea. Having one that is gas charged can push the steering to the left when accelerating from a stop or letting go of the steering wheel while driving. The stock SS is one of the best options for tires up to 35". I have heard good things about the FOX one though but at $150+ it should be.
You did ask about this awhile back
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You did ask about this awhile back
Not about dualies.

I still want a new one though because it looks good.
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Not about dualies.

I still want a new one though because it looks good.


About aftermarket SS's causing the jeep to pull to the left.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:12 PM   #22
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Did you install a lift at the same time as your larger tires? Because from your description it sounds like your caster isn't where it should be, around +4º ~ +6º.

If you've got adjustable control arms, that'll correct your caster.
No KBWWOLF, I had the wheels before I did the lift. But noticed the slight bit of wandering after the heavier tires.
The place that does my alignment said that the axle isn't "true". I've always had a slight pull to the right, that was made worse after the lift. They suggested taking it to the dealership and having them shim it, but they managed to get it almost perfect alignment after 2 hrs of tinkering. I'm not expecting a big miracle from a new stabilizer, just 40 dollars worth. I ordered the ProComp today to replace the leaky old one.
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Yep just single though, duals have issues.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:23 PM   #24
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No KBWWOLF, I had the wheels before I did the lift. But noticed the slight bit of wandering after the heavier tires.
The place that does my alignment said that the axle isn't "true". I've always had a slight pull to the right, that was made worse after the lift. They suggested taking it to the dealership and having them shim it, but they managed to get it almost perfect alignment after 2 hrs of tinkering. I'm not expecting a big miracle from a new stabilizer, just 40 dollars worth. I ordered the ProComp today to replace the leaky old one.
Cool. Sounds like you got it under control. Just thought I'd ask...
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Cool. Sounds like you got it under control. Just thought I'd ask...
Thanks KB!
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Got a good deal on a skyjacker. I bolted it up in about 15 minutes. The larger stabilizer will not fit with the piston tube end attached to the trac bar bracket like smaller diameter stock unit did. You have to mount it opposite, with the piston rod end to the trac bar bracket. Definitly a difference, steering feels tighter. no more shimmy at higher speeds.
Thanks everyone for the advice.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:35 PM   #27
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Ever since I put on my BDS stabilizer has leaked a little bit is that normal? I'll just see a little drop or two usually on the shock part. I then covered it with a boot but is that leak normal or should I look at exchanging for a new one?
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:03 PM   #28
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JKjared, Mine only had a small leak too but after I pulled it off, I pulled and pushed on the piston rod and found it had about 3/4 inch of free travel either way before it would slow and have the proper amount of resistance. I pulled and pushed the rod on the new skyjacker and it was a consistant draw either way. So I think even a small leak after time will affect the proper function of the stabilizer and more noticible on Jeeps with larger heavier tires. Maybe yours has a bad seal?? If you offroad frequently, it might wear out the seal quicker from the rod collecting more mud and dirt than usual. But it's just a guess.
If you're not having any steering issues like I was, probably wouldn't hurt to leave it. For the $35-$60 bucks for a new one and 15 minutes of time, you may just want to change it if you feel it's starting to cause a performance issue.
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Without a lift will a relocated or aftermarket SS interfere with anything when wheeling? Can the stock SS and tie rod bracket be rotated to gain clearance? Is there a reason it's mounted to the bottom of the tie rod instead of on top like many aftermarket relo kits? Clearly I don't know much about steering stabilizers except that you need them and they are vulnerable.
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I upgraded to the Skyjacker with no issues.
i upgraded to the skyjacker as well after i got a death wobble. no problems at all since i changed it about 5 weeks ago.

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