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post #1 of 15 Old 06-09-2013, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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New smaller tires, do I still need a Steering Stabilizer?

Q. Do I still need the steering stabilizer or can/ should I remove it?

--Had 31" tires on 15x10 wheels with a Rancho steering stabilizer.
--Now has 235/75s on 15x7 wheels.

Drives much easier now on the smaller tires. Will only be driven on paved/ gravels roads for now, no off-roading in its future. The current stabilizer at least 20 yrs old. If the answer is keep one on the vehicle, I will replace it.

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-09-2013, 05:19 PM
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I took mine off and haven't noticed any difference and I have 32" tires. My suspension and steering is spot on though and that should be the biggest factor to poor steering anyway. Keep the bracket just in case you decide later you want the stabilizer back on...

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A steering stabilizer helps with bump steer. If you have your caster set, drag link in line (parallel to the tie rod) and solid linkage through out your steering system you shouldn't need it. I took mine off and like Mike have noticed NO difference at all. I have 33" tires with a 5" lift to boot...

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Took mine off years ago and never notice it being gone.

Beat it to fit, paint it to match!

Wheel, Wrench, Repeat.
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Many thanks to all for the feedback. I will remove the old one and see what happens. Good tip to leave the bracket in place!
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but that first pot hole you hit, you wish you still had it
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Use it . The engineers put it on there for a reason..

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From my limited research Jeep did not start putting steering stabilizers on at the factory until 1975.

With the 1972-1973 CJ model years customers complained about a wobble at 40-50 mph, not a death wobble but a wobble. Jeep would then offer a fix with the addition of a steering stabilizer only to those who complained to the dealership. Then by 1975 the steering stabilizers were standard item. So, the engineers did not design the steering with a steering stabilizer. It was used as a band aid. So, if you have a dialed in steering system you should not need one, but that's your call.

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They also had bias ply tires back then. With a good set of radial tires, properly aligned, you don't need it.

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Use it . The engineers put it on there for a reason..

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Actually when you are chasing a death wobble, you learn that the stabilizer shock was a dealer item to cure some customers warranty complaints....
At least thats what I found in most documents...
My 5' has one but it is not factory...

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From my limited research Jeep did not start putting steering stabilizers on at the factory until 1975.

With the 1972-1973 CJ model years customers complained about a wobble at 40-50 mph. Jeep would then offer a fix with the addition of a steering stabilizer only to those who complained to the dealership. Then by 1975 the steering stabilizers were standard item. So, the engineers did not design the steering with a steering stabilizer. It was used as a band aid. So, if you have a dialed in steering system you should not need one, but that's your call.

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I see. So you're saying the stabilizer addressed a deficiency in the '72-73 steering design well enough to add them to all later models.

Like I said, the engineers put them on for a reason, but I'm sure all of you know more than they did.

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This question could use a part substitution and asked again i.e. 'My shocks are 20 years old. I'm thinking of taking them off if I don't really need them.' If it were mine I would replace the worn out stabilizer since like ASteve said it will help with bump steer and Matt said it is there for a reason. My .02
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-11-2013, 10:40 AM
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I'm sure all of you know more than they did.

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Sorry...I guess I was just offering another perspective. It wont happen again.

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post #14 of 15 Old 06-13-2013, 09:42 AM
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Sorry...I guess I was just offering another perspective. It wont happen again.

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I found your post interesting and learned something I didn't know. Thank you
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I've been running my F-350 dually with out one for 6 years. No issues.

A properly aligned vehicle has no need for one.

Beat it to fit, paint it to match!

Wheel, Wrench, Repeat.
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