Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Helsinki, Finland - on the European side of the Atlantic
I've got a 99 Xj 4.0 with a stock suspension will I need new stabilizers if I lift it 3 inches?
There is only one steering stabilizer on an XJ, you certainly don't need two.
After lifting, what you need to do is remove the SS, do a proper front- end alignment, drive for a awile to make sure you don't get DW, only then install a new SS if you want to run one. If you plan to wheel your Jeep, I'd strongly consider swapping to stronger aftermarket stuff (or at least do a ZJ V8 tierod swap). Also make sure all steering and suspension components are in top notch condition. Loose/ worn parts in the front cause DW and other steering- related issues, which are not cured by an SS. You can run one if you want, it definitely won't hurt anything.
Just remember if you go with bigger tires (33"+) or a lot of abusive trails you should either upgrade to an aftermarket steering stabilizer or be prepared to replace it every once in a while.
You don't necessarily even need a steering stabilizer if the steering is set up properly. It does help on certain aspects, but isn't necessary at all. I've been running two XJs on 35s with no SS, no DW, no other issues, and I run my ZJ on 32s with no SS - zero issues.
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