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EricsRubi 04-29-2013 05:36 PM

What Steering Stabilizer to get?
 
So my crummy stock stabilizer is shot and i would like to replace it with an aftermarket one. I cant find many reviews on brands vs other brands for which is best for the price and have came to wonder what i should get? Skyjacker (tear the sticker off and paint that ugly white color black/blue), ProComp, Bilstein,teraflex,etc? I want the best one for my money that will last the longest.

jp2611 04-29-2013 05:38 PM

stock replacement is usually fine...you CAN pay more, but why?

EricsRubi 04-29-2013 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by jp2611 (Post 3697754)
stock replacement is usually fine...you CAN pay more, but why?

Is there a noticeable difference?

Sinister6 04-29-2013 05:54 PM

It's a steering DAMPENER...if everything is set up correctly you shouldn't need it. That being said...if you run one then the stock one should be fine...

EricsRubi 04-29-2013 06:38 PM

Well i was thinking an aftermarket stabilizer would perform better and definitely be cheaper than an oem one..

Atthehop 04-29-2013 06:55 PM

Cheaper equals cheap Chinese junk.

EricsRubi 04-29-2013 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Atthehop (Post 3698147)
Cheaper equals cheap Chinese junk.

I hate Chinese made jeep parts, aka: smittybilt. Do you have a preference?

Neil F. 04-29-2013 07:00 PM

All stabilizers are valved 50/50. You do not need anything fancy or big name. You can get a Monroe from just about any parts store for aroung 35. That's what a lot of us have

UnlimitedLJ04 04-29-2013 07:04 PM

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Originally Posted by EricsRubi (Post 3698070)
Well i was thinking an aftermarket stabilizer would perform better and definitely be cheaper than an oem one..

just get a Monroe or whatever from the local auto parts store and call it good.

EricsRubi 04-29-2013 07:39 PM

Sounds good. I was looking at them and they had good reviews

UnlimitedLJ04 04-29-2013 07:57 PM

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Originally Posted by EricsRubi (Post 3698411)
Sounds good. I was looking at them and they had good reviews

just make sure you get one labeled as an OEM replacement - do NOT get a universal fit unit.

Jaxon1023 04-29-2013 07:57 PM

I've got a rancho but I wanted it to match my shocks. It works as it should and looks good under my jeep.

EricsRubi 04-29-2013 08:34 PM

I'm not a fan of rancho or skyjackers colors as I would just rip the sticker off to paint it so it doesn't look like crap. So since that is the case, why buy a brand name when there probably is no difference with the Monroe

UnlimitedLJ04 04-29-2013 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by EricsRubi (Post 3698739)
So since that is the case, why buy a brand name when there probably is no difference with the Monroe

Monroe is a name brand....

blas32 04-29-2013 08:43 PM

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Rancho

EricsRubi 04-29-2013 09:30 PM

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Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 (Post 3698752)
Monroe is a name brand....

You know what I mean lol

EricsRubi 04-29-2013 09:30 PM

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Originally Posted by blas32 (Post 3698803)
Rancho

How long have you had it and did you notice anything different?

blas32 04-30-2013 06:17 AM

Half yr and nothin I noticed other than it looks better.

Lowrollin12 04-30-2013 09:23 AM

I went with OME and it rides great! but my stock one was sold old I cant compare. The one advantage the OME one had over stock was the stock piston was exposed so dirt could get into the seals easier, OME is sealed.... Again IMO.

Jerry Bransford 04-30-2013 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by jp2611 (Post 3697754)
stock replacement is usually fine...you CAN pay more, but why?

The OE factory steering damper (aka but less accurately stabilizer) is fine with stock size tires but once you start running bigger tires, it's too small.

There really should be no "feel" difference between the various aftermarket steering dampers. They are basically the same thing.... a hydraulic shock absorber that is valved 50:50 so it resists equally in both directions.

TXST8tj 04-30-2013 09:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Atthehop (Post 3698147)
Cheaper equals cheap Chinese junk.

I know what you're saying, but these are all made in Mexico. There is something NOT made in China! haha.

Monroe, Rancho, and Pro Comp are all made by the same company, likely to the exact same specs. Go with whichever is cheaper.

NC Bear 04-30-2013 10:09 AM

I went with Rancho and I am happy. I found the cheapest price at Advance Auto...

kjeeper10 04-30-2013 11:13 AM

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Rancho

Jmaddox22472 04-30-2013 11:56 AM

Went with Rancho and like it!

TheDesertOutlaw 04-30-2013 12:20 PM

I am running the Rancho Steering Stabilizer, and it has a very close valving to the Pro-Comp Steering Stabilizer.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.n...17707285_n.jpg

This past Friday, I pulled off the Rancho (new) and compared the two. Both are nearly identical in valving. The new Rancho Monotube steering stabilizers might be more resistant to shimmy.

Rancho Suspension: Shocks » RS7000MT™ Monotube Steering Stabilizer

I would also like to check out the HARD KOR Steering Stabilizer for a better resistance to tire shimmy:

Hard-KOR and OME Steering Stabilizers - KevinsOffRoad.com

Good luck!:)

UnlimitedRubicon 04-30-2013 12:34 PM

I went with an Old Man Emu omesd48 for two reasons:

1. I had a gift certificate to spend
2. it is valved stiffer than the omesd40 for the TJ

jasongind 04-30-2013 12:44 PM

I have the Teraflex and like it. It's stiffer than the factory stabilizer.

Timberline 04-30-2013 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by jasongind (Post 3701624)
I have the Teraflex and like it. It's stiffer than the factory stabilizer.

x2

Rancho 04-30-2013 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by TXST8tj (Post 3701023)
I know what you're saying, but these are all made in Mexico. There is something NOT made in China! haha.

Monroe, Rancho, and Pro Comp are all made by the same company, likely to the exact same specs. Go with whichever is cheaper.


Rancho shocks (RS5000/90000XL) are made in the USA.
Rancho RS7000MT's are made in the US and Canada.


Rancho, along with Monroe, are a part of Tenneco.

MANY smaller companies will come to only a handful of shock manufacturers to have a shock/ stabilizer made to their price point/specs.

I know our valving on a lot of our shocks are WAY different than others, as on a daily basis I e-mail with one of our engineers who deals mainly with this side of our shocks.

EricsRubi 04-30-2013 02:13 PM

Thanks for all the help. I wouldn't imagine the rancho 7000 making a much bigger difference than the 5000 series?


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