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Old 09-02-2014, 11:05 AM   #1
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steering stabilizer advice

Hey everybody, could use some input. I have a 2.5"RC lift (inherited) with the dual steering stabilizers. I already replaced the shocks with Rancho 9000's and I want to replace the steering stabilizers next.

Should I go with a mono or stay with the dual? Any brand recommendations, like staying with Rancho or jumping to Fox? Is the higher Fox price worth it specifically regarding the steering stabilizers?

BTW, 2012 JKUR with 315/70/17's. My goal is slightly better on road drivability. It's not horrible, but I think it could be a little less "floppy." (I know, technical term)

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Hey everybody, could use some input. I have a 2.5"RC lift (inherited) with the dual steering stabilizers. I already replaced the shocks with Rancho 9000's and I want to replace the steering stabilizers next.

Should I go with a mono or stay with the dual? Any brand recommendations, like staying with Rancho or jumping to Fox? Is the higher Fox price worth it specifically regarding the steering stabilizers?

BTW, 2012 JKUR with 315/70/17's. My goal is slightly better on road drivability. It's not horrible, but I think it could be a little less "floppy." (I know, technical term)
As odd as this may sound, your stock SS is fine. I bashed mine wheeling several months ago, and replaced it with a cheapie.

As with anything Jeep, you'll find there are two camps: one that believes a more expensive SS will improve your Jeep's inherently crappy driveability; and one that thinks an expensive SS is a waste of hard-earned coin. The reality, most likely, is somewhere in the middle.

I happen to think that a downfall of some of the higher-end SSs is that they can mask issues with your steering, to the detriment of your Jeep. But that's just me.

All that said, research it and come to your own conclusions:

Steering Stabilizer needed?
Fox SS to Factory SS
Best steering stabilizer ?

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Old 09-02-2014, 04:30 PM   #3
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Since you said "everybody" I feel that dual SS can hide problems in suspension and front end.....which could be causing DW...and replacing the SS to Fix the DW is only a band aid...a "stock" is probably as much SS as most of us need...and a local builder doesn't include them...PERIOD...his thoughts are if it is a trail rig set up right you will never need one. Myself I run an OME as it came with the SL I did a few years back.
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:51 PM   #4
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Good points. I should add this is not DW - I did the hardware kit swap many miles ago. I've got almost 45k on her now so i was thinking some of my suspension parts might be getting a bit warn with the oversized tires/extra weight/lift kit. I should have also added that most (say 60-65%) of my driving is highway, so I wasn't sure if that's where a higher quality SS might be helpful.

Thanks for the other links, I'll be reading them tonight!
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I only wanted to flip my SS up and out of the way.

So I did a bunch of 'internet research' and went with the OME kit, single mono. I have no complaints as everything from ARB/OME is always great quality, seems like other higher end companies use them as well. Was it amazingly better, nope. Wife said it seemed a little better, hard for me to tell a difference from factory SS.

One less thing to think or worry about, but I feel my jeep handles/feels amazing.

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I have the Fox ATS and can tell you it is worth the money. It really dampens vibrations to the steering wheel and makes driving much more enjoyable. Sure most will say it's over priced, you don't need a SS, blah blah blah. But I challenge you to find someone who actually has the Fox unit and regrets buying it.
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I have the Fox ATS and can tell you it is worth the money. It really dampens vibrations to the steering wheel and makes driving much more enjoyable. Sure most will say it's over priced, you don't need a SS, blah blah blah. But I challenge you to find someone who actually has the Fox unit and regrets buying it.
I have the Fox ats and didn't notice any difference coming from a Rancho 5000 stabilizer.
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I want the Fox.
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I just moved mine. I used the Mew Dominion bracket any reused the stock damper by flipping it end for end. Then I turned the stock tie rod clamp 90 degrees. Everything seems just fine.
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There is really no reason to replace the RC dual SS that you have on there now.
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I put the Fox ATS on a couple of days ago...and replaced the AEV Bilsteins with Rancho 9000's. I expected to notice virtually no difference with the steering stabilizer but expected to feel a difference with the shocks. However, it was the opposite. The Fox made a VERY noticeable difference in steering feel...more solid and less vibration. Much better and worth all $349. With the shocks set at 5 all around, I haven't really noticed much difference.
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I put the Fox ATS on a couple of days ago...and replaced the AEV Bilsteins with Rancho 9000's. I expected to notice virtually no difference with the steering stabilizer but expected to feel a difference with the shocks. However, it was the opposite. The Fox made a VERY noticeable difference in steering feel...more solid and less vibration. Much better and worth all $349. With the shocks set at 5 all around, I haven't really noticed much difference.
You may want to check your steering. Unless the SS is set to a very high damping rate, so steering effort is very heavy, it should not make a very noticeable difference. A suspension and steering that are configured and operating properly will operate equally well on a stock SS or a super special quad monster pumper SS, unless you are running very large tires over wheel jarring terrain.
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Spinlock, do you have experience with the Fox SS? Have you driven a Jeep with one installed?
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You may want to check your steering. Unless the SS is set to a very high damping rate, so steering effort is very heavy, it should not make a very noticeable difference. A suspension and steering that are configured and operating properly will operate equally well on a stock SS or a super special quad monster pumper SS, unless you are running very large tires over wheel jarring terrain.
I can assure you that my suspension and steering are "configured and operating properly" and in great shape. I am not the least bit worried that a decent stabilizer is masking any steering or suspension problems. I am running 33" KM2s and the 26-mile road to town is not the smoothest on the planet. On the rougher portions of the road, I noticed a big difference (aka improvement) in steering feel on my first trip to town. The difference is like going from a Jeep to a luxury SUV. There is no noticeable difference in steering effort and the steering wheel still auto-centers just as it should. So as someone with first-hand experience with the Fox ATS, I thoroughly disagree with your claim that it should make no difference. In my book, experience trumps theory any day.
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:32 PM   #15
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Most people want to discount the Fox unit because of price but they have zero experience with the part. Just going by what they read on the net. I noticed an immediate difference in my Jeep when I put it on. And my Jeep was still pretty new, no steering or suspension issues whatsoever to "mask". I get it. Not everyone can afford the ATS, but don't discount it unless you try it.

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