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Old 06-08-2007, 04:38 PM   #1
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when to replace steering stabalizer

so i ordered sum wheel spacers and lookin to buy another small item for my jeep.. since next week im gettin a 4'' lift.. i decided id go ahead and buy a steerin stabalizer..

my jeeps a 99 with 101k miles on it..

is it a good idea to go ahead and replace my factory stabalizer?

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Old 06-08-2007, 06:01 PM   #2
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Probably not a bad idea. Are you having any steering issues right now?

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NOT TO HIJACK moa's thread, would bump steer be a good time to change it, or is bump steer normal on Tj's?
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:16 PM   #4
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No, bump steer is not normal in TJ's and a steering stabilizer is not the fix. If you have bump steer you need to get an alignment and rotate and balance your tires.
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^ and get an adjustable trackbar

btw.. when ur getting an lift usually there is a little check mark where you can get a stabelizeer which is usually a bit cheaper since ur getting the lift kit and the stabelizer as an addon.
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What is "bump steer"?
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:35 AM   #7
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Bump steer is when your driving down the road and hit a little bump and the steering wheel shoots to one side or the other. Its a very bad thing.
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:51 AM   #8
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my jeeps steering just seems to be getting a bit more touchy than what it use to be back in the day.. i guess ill jus add it on with my lift kit .. the one i was lookin at didnt come with the option of addin it on.. so i was gonna go ahead and order one now.. but ill wait =D
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:56 AM   #9
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Bump Steer or Orbital Steer, is used to describe what happens when the steering linkage is not level. The front tires turn inward or outward as the wheels and suspension move up and down. The vehicles direction is changed without moving the steering wheel whenever the tires move up and down over bumps, dips in the pavement, or even over gentle rises in the road surface.

The rule of thumb I have always used with the TJ is that the drag link needs to be parallel with the track bar. This has worked pretty well for me, but as you go up in tire size and lift sometimes it is inevitable that you will see minor bump steer no matter how close you get the Drag link and the track bar. Other causes can be from bent steering components. Give your rig the once over and look for bent stuff as well as comparing the drag link to the track bar for a parallel even a slight differance can give an unwanted steering condition.

As far as replaceing your stabalizer, I would do it with your lift. Compare prices as well. Monroe makes one that IMO is every bit as good as the Rancho. Also do not install the boot, all this will do is shorten the life of your shocks and steering stabalizer by keeping dirt and mud in which will damage the seals in the shock/stabalizer.

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How about making the front of a wrangler like a 4 link setup by removing the trackbar and moving the mounting points of the control arms at a different angles like the upper control arm mounting points would go to the center right by the tranny/front driveshaft? So then it woulnt have to use the track bar
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you shouldn't have to buy an adjustable track bar to fix bumpsteer.

adjustable track bar will center the axle if its uncentered from a lift.
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adjustable track bar will center the axle if its uncentered from a lift.
hmm DPA?
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A dropped pitman arm doesn't have anything to do with the track bar. The dropped pitman arm attaches to the drag link.
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i know.. were tryign to solve bump steer
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:31 AM   #15
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Adding new steering stabilizer or stabilizers will only mask a problem. The jeep should be just fine with no stabilizer. I've always gone by the the stabilizer being more for off road so the steering is dampened when coming off rocks and obstacles which prevents the steering wheel from snapping bones and such. That is if you happen to be one of those that likes to stick their hands thru and drive with their wrists. As for how long they last, my OEM one laste about 40K then leaked, replaced with a rancho, thats been on there for 8 years.
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so i ordered sum wheel spacers and lookin to buy another small item for my jeep.. since next week im gettin a 4'' lift.. i decided id go ahead and buy a steerin stabalizer..

my jeeps a 99 with 101k miles on it..

is it a good idea to go ahead and replace my factory stabalizer?

If you haven't purchased yet, check around....my kit was the same price everywhere I looked but came with free shock and steering stabilizer from 4x4groupbuy.com. I just called and upgraded the free ones to better ones for a little extra money. Def. look around for some deal, they change frequently.
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Umm.. well I have a stock 05 Wrangler, "Rocky Mountain" edition, and the steering is REALLY tight, the slightest turn of the wheel will start turning the car, but any litle bumps i hit the car wants to steer to the left or right, i have to hold the wheel tight with 2 hands when i drive so i can stay in my lane! and Its a CPO Wrangler, i just bought no more then 3 weeks ago!...Now i thought maybe I needed a stiffer stabilizer in the steering, but if the jeep gurus say "no"...then tell me whats "yes"

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