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05-08-2013 02:53 PM
UnlimitedRubicon
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Originally Posted by freeskier View Post
A proper set up does NOT need a steering stabilizer.

Jeep doesn't know about a proper setup?


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Originally Posted by freeskier View Post
Its sole purpose is to absorb energy from bumps and stuff, which makes your parts last longer.

I am most concerned about the "stuff" stuff.


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Originally Posted by freeskier View Post
You don't need some fancy nitrogen charged stabilizer to have tight steering. Any cheap stabilizer will get the job done.

You don't need fancy Wrangler MT/R tires to have good traction. Cheap Cornell 1000 tires will get the job done.


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Originally Posted by freeskier View Post
That fancy rancho stabilizer isn't tightening anything up, it's simply adding more resistance which makes it feel tighter

duh


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Originally Posted by freeskier View Post
when in reality it's doing nothing but making your pump and steering box work harder.

What makes your pump and steering box work harder? A fancy steering stabilizer or 35x12.5 tires?
05-07-2013 06:36 PM
Rock Kicker All good info. Thanks everyone. My stabilizer is shot as it is, hence the replacement. Alignment is set for 8am tomorrow.
05-07-2013 06:10 PM
freeskier A proper set up does NOT need a steering stabilizer. Its sole purpose is to absorb energy from bumps and stuff, which makes your parts last longer. You don't need some fancy nitrogen charged stabilizer to have tight steering. Any cheap stabilizer will get the job done. The Monroe OE replacement seems to be popular because it's easy to get at any auto parts store and is cheap.

That fancy rancho stabilizer isn't tightening anything up, it's simply adding more resistance which makes it feel tighter, when in reality it's doing nothing but making your pump and steering box work harder.
05-07-2013 04:49 PM
UnlimitedRubicon
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
It's just a steering damper, nothing more.
All steering stabilizers are not created equal, though. Some have stiffer valving and some like the rs7000mt have a nitrogen charge that according to the mfg will "tightening steering performance". I prefer a tighter steering feel so I bought an OME sd48 that has stiffer valving. I don't like the feel of the OEM unit with standard issue tire size and can only imagine how much I'd hate it when I go to 35/12.50s. For a $20 or $30 difference I feel it's worth it. Different strokes for different folks.
05-07-2013 04:08 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by UnlimitedRubicon View Post
If I were going with Rancho, it would be the RS7000MT.
The RS5000 is an excellent choice for use as a steering damper (aka stabilizer). I'm on my 4th or 5th over the years & most recently installed Rancho's RS5000. It's just a steering damper, nothing more. Now if it was being used as a shock absorber for all four wheels, I wouldn't choose the RS5000.
05-07-2013 03:47 PM
Water Dog
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Originally Posted by Rock Kicker View Post
Should I hold off on the alignment till the stabilizer and spacers are on? Didn't know if they'd throw it back off...
I would align it asap. The spacers and the stabilizer won't affect alignment. But the 4" lift will toe it in a lot. Probably about an inch. If you drive it like that, not only will you wear tires quick, but you're also a candidate for death wobble.
05-07-2013 03:47 PM
Rock Kicker Ya, I found it on amazon for $87 and it said it fits my jeep. However, I may just go with the other one I mentioned earlier. It's $33 less and this vehicle is going to be 95% daily driver, rarely on the trails. Winter snow is the biggest obstacle she'll be dealing with. Still debating on the wheel spacers though. Some say it's needed for added stability, others say I don't need them...
05-07-2013 03:18 PM
UnlimitedRubicon
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Originally Posted by Rock Kicker View Post
Thanks. It kept coming up in the shocks and not in the stabilizers. Great pic.
Just to clarify - that's kjeeper10's pic (JK?). I was just using it for illustration but the part number RS7407 shows as bolting onto stock mounts for TJs.
05-07-2013 03:00 PM
Rock Kicker Thanks. It kept coming up in the shocks and not in the stabilizers. Great pic.
05-07-2013 02:49 PM
UnlimitedRubicon
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Originally Posted by Rock Kicker View Post
Isn't that just a shock, not a stabilizer?

part number RS7407

rancho rs7000mt steering stabilizer

05-07-2013 02:22 PM
Rock Kicker Isn't that just a shock, not a stabilizer?
05-07-2013 02:20 PM
Rock Kicker Thanks again Angus.

U.R., I'll look into it.
05-07-2013 02:15 PM
UnlimitedRubicon If I were going with Rancho, it would be the RS7000MT.
05-07-2013 02:06 PM
Angus Brown The stabilizer won't affect alignment, but I don't know regarding the spacers, I've never used them or set the alignment on a vehicle that had them installed. I would assume that since they are supposed to sit flush to the hub that it wouldn't change the alignment at all.
05-07-2013 01:45 PM
Rock Kicker Thanks Angus. Now to start looking at wheel spacers and brake pads. Should I hold off on the alignment till the stabilizer and spacers are on? Didn't know if they'd throw it back off...
05-07-2013 01:39 PM
Angus Brown
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Originally Posted by Rock Kicker View Post
Thanks Jerry. Do I have to buy the bracket mounting kit or will I be able to fit it where the existing stabilizer is?
That's an OE-style replacement, you can just re-use your original mounting hardware as long as it's not damaged/rusted/etc.
05-07-2013 01:26 PM
Rock Kicker Thanks Jerry. Do I have to buy the bracket mounting kit or will I be able to fit it where the existing stabilizer is?
05-07-2013 01:14 PM
Jerry Bransford That stabilizer is a good choice and it will work fine. Lift height doesn't really affect it.
05-07-2013 01:08 PM
Rock Kicker
Steering stabilizer question...

So, I just put a 4" Skyjacker lift and 33" Mickey T's on my 03 Rubicon and I need to replace the steering stabilizer. I was just about to order a Rancho version off Amazon. Before I do this, is there anything I need to know? Does the type of stabilizer change due to the lift? This is the one I was looking at...

Rancho RS5407 RS5000 Series Steering Stabilizer : Amazon.com : Automotive

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