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Unread 03-17-2010, 12:15 PM   #1
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Steering Stabilizer Help

Ok Im a newbie so cut me a little slack if I screw up. I have a 1986 Cj7 and I am attempting to upgrade the stock stabilizer with a Rancho stabilizer. I ordered my Rancho from JC whitney and when I tried to install it I found its the wrong one. I called whitney and they confirmed the part number is correct. So now Im thinking that somebody before me may ahave miodified the front end of my rig. The one thats currently on my jeep has a round mounting hole on one end and the shaft on the other. The one that I recieved has bassically a shaft on both ends. Can any body give me an idea of what I have and what I need to get this thing right?

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Unread 03-17-2010, 12:21 PM   #2
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The steering stabilizer your trying to replace sounds like the original one.
All the aftermarket ones use different brackets.
Did you get any gold iridited brackets with the new stabilizer ?
Or did you just buy a replacement or a replacement kit ?
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Unread 03-17-2010, 12:39 PM   #3
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This is what you should have bought.
Rancho RS97345 - Rancho RS5000 Steering Stabilizers - Overview - SummitRacing.com

You probably bought just the replacement stabilizer.
Rancho RS5402 - Rancho RS5000 Steering Stabilizers - Overview - SummitRacing.com
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Unread 03-17-2010, 02:06 PM   #4
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I had the exact same problem with my 1986 cj7. Go to NAPA and have them look up Delco #4975423 or Delco# 940105. Can't remember which number it was but it is one of those. It isn't a Rancho shock it's the Delco stock version. Part stores kept telling me mine wasn't the right one for that make and model vehicle. All I know is that was the one I needed and Napa had it. I wasted a whole day looking for that thing.
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Unread 03-17-2010, 02:51 PM   #5
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The part you want has a stud on one end, and a bolt mount on other. The stud mounts to the tie rod and the bolt mount goes into the spring mount.
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Unread 03-17-2010, 02:58 PM   #6
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The one thats currently on my jeep has a round mounting hole on one end and the shaft on the other. The one that I recieved has bassically a shaft on both ends. Can any body give me an idea of what I have and what I need to get this thing right?
Send what you got back, they sent you the wrong part.

Here's what you need, (second item) brand new, for much less:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f126/parts-989063/
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Unread 03-17-2010, 03:00 PM   #7
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What is the purpose of the steering stabilizer and how do you tell if it is bad?
I have a Rancho on my 85 and can't tell if it is working properely.

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Unread 03-17-2010, 03:41 PM   #8
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Yep I just got the replacement. Thanks to all who responded. I will just hang on to this and order a whole kit. It never hurts to have spares.
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Unread 03-17-2010, 07:41 PM   #9
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What is the purpose of the steering stabilizer and how do you tell if it is bad?
I have a Rancho on my 85 and can't tell if it is working properely.

thanks
I don't know the proper procedure to test it. But this should work take it off and see how much force it takes to pull the rod out and how much to push it back in. It should be very stiff and take quite a bit of effort to get it to move. It shouldn't move in or out unless you make it move. What it does is keep bumps in the road from jerking the wheel suddenly causing your jeep to move all over the road. I damaged mine so I took it off, I thought I could drive without it WRONG. I couldn't keep the darn thing on the road.
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Unread 03-18-2010, 06:48 AM   #10
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Thanks for the explanation, i'll pull mine off and test it.
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Unread 03-18-2010, 11:03 AM   #11
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Yep I just got the replacement. Thanks to all who responded. I will just hang on to this and order a whole kit. It never hurts to have spares.
After reading your post I realized I'm in the same boat with a replacement
PN 5402 stabilizer I haven't installed yet. Talked to Rancho and the hardware kit is PN RS5508. $35 for $2 worth of hardware.

Steering Stabilizer Bracket by Rancho - RS5508: Ultimate Auto Accessories

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Unread 03-18-2010, 11:15 AM   #12
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Thats kinda steep for a few u bolts and a few galvinized brackets
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Unread 04-26-2010, 12:37 PM   #13
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JUst an FYI

I installed the Rancho stabilizer with the supplied brackets. Went and did some wheeling a few days later. While I was climbing up a pretty decent sized hill I lost my grip and started rolling down the hill. On the way down I turned the wheel slightly to stay in the center of the path and I heard a loud Ping noise. Got up the hill on the next attempt and then decided to scout out the noise. Didnt take long to find as my tie rod was almost bent into a 45 degree angle. Upon closer inspection It was evident that the large U bolt that held the stabilizer to the axel had slid and caused the tie rod to bind and then bend. I used an impact wrench on that sucker and I know it was tight!!!!. I replaced the tie rod and the stabilizer with the spare I had. This time I tripled the U bolts on the axel by adding two more, one to the front of the original and one to the back. Ive been out a few times since then and havent noticed any problems or slipage. Just thought I would let you know.....maybe save somebody a tie rod and a stabilizer.
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