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Old 10-27-2010, 09:02 PM   #1
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Best Steering Stabilizer

Hey all,

I've got a 2005 Unlimited Rubicon with stock suspension and stock tire size (for now) and I'm trying to figure out which steering stabilizer is the best on the market today. Obviously, might as well go big or go home so I want to upgrade. I'm also trying to get my death wobble fine tuned and I think this is the last step. Any suggestions as to brand to buy???

I was leaning towards RE because that's the lift I'm planning on installing when the funds arrive. But are Rancho, Full-Traction, Black Diamond, etc. any better?

Thanks for your help!

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you will never get the right answer asking for the "best", but in my opinion and what I run, I would go with the rancho 5000

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It won't cure your DW it will only mask it for a little while.
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It won't cure your DW it will only mask it for a little while.
X2:...it won't cure it just cover it up until the stabilizer is tired.


Anyway from what I've read around the forums, most of them are relatively similar in performance. Go with a cheaper one like the Rancho.
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Steering stabilizers are all the same thing, a hydraulic shock with a 50:50 valve ratio. So long as you stay with a decent name brand, any will be fine. Monroe makes most of them anyway. ProComp's does tend to rust quicker because its not finished as well with paint and chrome but the others like Monroe, Rancho, RE, Skyjacker, OME, Doetsch Tech, etc. will all be fine.

And as the others said, the steering stabilizer has nothing to do with DW. Replacing the small OE factory stabilizer with a bigger aftermarket stabilizer may help temporarily mask the DW symptoms but that's it... it is no more part of the cure for Death Wobble as a band-aid is part of the cure for a skin cancer.
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You've got DW with stock suspension and stock size tires? If you've got the 7/70,000 mile warranty, make a dealer fix it.
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You've got DW with stock suspension and stock size tires? If you've got the 7/70,000 mile warranty, make a dealer fix it.
You're kidding, right? Dealers know about as much about curing DW as I know about navigating to Mars. They'll just say it needs a new steering stabilizer, charge him $200 because they'll say his Jeep was abused offroad, and show him the door. DW is complex enough that very few dealer techs know how to cure it, all they know to do is apply band-aid fixes like a new stabilizer.
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Jerry,

I'm saying IF he has the 7/70,000 warranty, and it's still basically stock like he says, let the dealer fix it. As long as it's covered, it'll probably cost him less in the long run ($100 deductible vs. the chance of multiple solutions that don't work).

I wouldn't consider the dealer without the warranty.

I didn't think you'd get DW with a stock set up.
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I replaced my trackbar last night. ~$75 including tax from AutoZone. Fixed MY problem. I bought an OME steering stabilizer as well but I have not installed it yet as I wanted to make sure the track bar cured the problem.

Fix the DW first. Then get the stabilizer.
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Thanks for all your help guys, I knew the stabilizer wouldn't fix my DW but you bring up good points. I'll go ahead and fix the DW first and then replace the steering stabilizer second. I suppose the reason I didn't just replace the track bar now is because I'm planning on installing a lift and I didn't want to waste the money on a stock track bar if I'm just going to need to replace it when I install my 3" lift.

Kinda hoped a new steering stabilizer would fix the problem long enough for me to save up money for the lift kit.

btw... my Jeep is still stock, cause I just paid it off a few months ago. However, I purchased it used and they only had a 3 year 36,000 mile warranty. So that rules out the dealership, but good thought!

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I like my OME. It's a really cool yellow that looks kinda keen.
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I like my OME. It's a really cool yellow that looks kinda keen.
Keen? Gus, you must be nearly as old as I am.
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Keen? Gus, you must be nearly as old as I am.
Yep! Nearly, but not quite.

Hey, we're not old...we're experienced.
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The cheapest one you can find. Like 30 bucks and if you want it yellow you can paint it yellow. No reason to spend 65 bucks on something that honestly doesn't do anything better then the 30 dollar one. I actually don't drive with one on my jeep.
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I bought a Rough Country(The Original Rough Country,back when everything was yellow)N.O.S.brand new one,got a killer deal on it,and it works great!The best part is,I got it on eBay,for $20.00,plus shipping!
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Damn, are you telling me that they don't use those words anymore????
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Damn, are you telling me that they don't use those words anymore????
Probably not. Haven't heard "neato" in a while either. I think they were replaced with "Shweeeet"
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Damn, are you telling me that they don't use those words anymore????
Nope.
They pert near don't.
Dagnabbit.
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Hey all,

I've got a 2005 Unlimited Rubicon with stock suspension and stock tire size (for now) and I'm trying to figure out which steering stabilizer is the best on the market today. Obviously, might as well go big or go home so I want to upgrade. I'm also trying to get my death wobble fine tuned and I think this is the last step. Any suggestions as to brand to buy???

I was leaning towards RE because that's the lift I'm planning on installing when the funds arrive. But are Rancho, Full-Traction, Black Diamond, etc. any better?

Thanks for your help!

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Look at the rancho and take note of all the stats on it. Then look at the Monroe for half the price and its has the exact same stats. You can always paint it if the color is what you want.
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Jerry,

I'm saying IF he has the 7/70,000 warranty, and it's still basically stock like he says, let the dealer fix it. As long as it's covered, it'll probably cost him less in the long run ($100 deductible vs. the chance of multiple solutions that don't work).

I wouldn't consider the dealer without the warranty.

I didn't think you'd get DW with a stock set up.
Moot point.... its a 2005
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I wish I would have read this thread first. I just paid $395 for a Fox stabalizer. It goes on Wednesday with a 3.5 RE lift. The guy at 4Wheel talked me into it. Said it was the best on the market. Sounds like according to you guys, one is just ad a good as another tho.
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I wish I would have read this thread first. I just paid $395 for a Fox stabalizer.
Return or exchange it.
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Get the OME Stabilizer because it has a stone guard protector on it oppose to the other ones that have the piston showing which has no protection. Yes, a steering stabilizer could be an issue on DW. The Dealer said they had a recall on the steering damper, I have an LJ but don't recall if it applies to the TJ though. Went to the Dealership and they fixed the problem. Now have 5k miles on it and still no DW.
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Moot point.... its a 2005
It's a moot point, this is a 3 year old thread
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Yes, a steering stabilizer could be an issue on DW.
A steering stabilizer can only temporarily mask the symptoms of DW but it is never the root cause of nor the cure for DW. Replacing the steering stablizer to cure DW would be like placing a band-aid over a skin cancer. Both may temporarily mask the symptoms but the underlying problem is still there.

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