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Unread 12-05-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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Steering stablizer.. Looking for input..

I recently bought a 1990 Cherokee Larado, I got it with the intentions of putting some work and money into it to make it a nice daily driver with the option to hop off the road and handle things like snow ect.

I put new tires on it, some all terrain Goodyear Wranglers. They are 2 sizes larger than the old stock tires.

I'm finding that the steering has a little play at the wheel, i think it had this before also but it is more noticeable with the larger tires.. I have been looking into some skyjacker and Crown steering stabilizers.

Not sure if that is where I should start? Also if there is anyone who might have a recommendation as to what product they feel is best, from experience or otherwise.

Appreciate any input and suggestions!


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Unread 12-05-2011, 10:53 PM   #2
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I like the Rancho steering stabilizers. They work good. I hear the Old Man Emu ones are very good too. I also had a Rough Country one on my 96 which in all honesty worked just as good as the others and cheaper.
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Unread 12-05-2011, 11:47 PM   #3
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Before you put on a stabilizer you should first do a good inspection to make sure you are not just covering up worn components like tie.rod.ends or a bad.track bar.
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Unread 12-06-2011, 12:20 AM   #4
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Before you put on a stabilizer you should first do a good inspection to make sure you are not just covering up worn components like tie.rod.ends or a bad.track bar.

x2

slopping steering isn't from a stabilizer


and if you do get one, not something that you need to spend a lot of money on
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Unread 12-06-2011, 12:23 AM   #5
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Get on off a zj.. its the same as the xj's except its heavier duty. Meaning, its not hollow and light like the xj's. direct bolt on too
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Unread 12-06-2011, 06:56 AM   #6
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Before you put on a stabilizer you should first do a good inspection to make sure you are not just covering up worn components like tie.rod.ends or a bad.track bar.
x3

you'll most likely find worn steering/suspension parts, especially on a 21 year old jeep. and in most cases, anything up there that can develop play can also cause some hefty highway crashes
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Unread 12-06-2011, 08:51 AM   #7
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before you put on a stabilizer you should first do a good inspection to make sure you are not just covering up worn components like tie.rod.ends or a bad.track bar.
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x2

slopping steering isn't from a stabilizer


and if you do get one, not something that you need to spend a lot of money on
X4

Get the front end checked out (Balljoints, Trac Bar, Tierod ends, Control arm bushings, ect.........
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Unread 12-06-2011, 09:21 AM   #8
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this is whjy i always tell people with dual stabilizers that they are stupid

Truth is you dont need any stabilizer at all, if all your steering components are good and tight and you have a good alignment then your fine without one.
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Yup^ No stabilizer on my TJ and I run 80 on the highway daily.

OP check all the wear items suggested above. Search "dry steering test" and perform that with the front tires on the ground with the vehicle runnng. Id especially look at the TRE at the pitman arm if you are have a large dead spot.

A steering stabilizer is a steering stabilizer. The are all valved 50/50 and will perform the same. Hop on rockauto and buy the TRE's you need and the stabilizer all at once. I got a Moog one for the XJ for like 22 bucks from there a few months back.

Search driveway alignment to get you set back up after replacing parts.
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Unread 12-29-2011, 12:25 AM   #10
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Thank you all for the input. I will go through the basic front end components first off.

That sounds like the consensus and makes sense.

It's really not that bad I'm coming to realize. I think a lot of it was shock value from going from driving a 2006 Mazda 3 for 5 years back to a rear wheel drive older rig.

Still I will defiantly look over the essentials and go from there.

Thanks again for all the input!
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Unread 12-29-2011, 08:54 AM   #11
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Just a note, if it came with a stabilizer, and the inspecting mech knows this, it may not pass in your state. If you find you still need / want the stabilizer, there is a very nice HD Monroe one on Amazon for about $28, Ive got one for both my XJs.
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Before you put on a stabilizer you should first do a good inspection to make sure you are not just covering up worn components like tie.rod.ends or a bad.track bar.
I agree with this post, I would also check to see if the steering box is loose.
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Unread 12-29-2011, 10:22 AM   #13
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Old Man Emu is the only one you want to consider. Around $85 shipped. Shop around and use internet coupon codes and price matched.
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Unread 12-29-2011, 10:29 AM   #14
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Old Man Emu is the only one you want to consider. Around $85 shipped. Shop around and use internet coupon codes and price matched.
If he has slop in the steering the stab. wont do anything it would be a waste of $
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Unread 12-29-2011, 05:01 PM   #15
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Old Man Emu is the only one you want to consider.
Really, why is that? Does it perform any differently than any other twin tube stabilizer with equal valving? Aside from the ghey yellow paint and 85 $ price tag there is no measurable difference in steering stabilizers.

If you want more than what a basic stabilizer offers then talk to blaine about one of his hydro assist kits.
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