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post #1 of 22 Old 05-16-2013, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Steering stabilizer?

So I'm in Oregon and I'm installing a 4" suspension lift on my wrangler, do I need a steering stabilizer? I've heard people driving without them without a difference

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post #2 of 22 Old 05-16-2013, 07:21 PM
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dont think you need to. just offroad people tend to take them off. if you tend to drive on the road some leave it. myself, i drive everywhere i wheel so i leave it. up to you. really only meant to help with hitting potholes and such on the road
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post #3 of 22 Old 05-16-2013, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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I do all of it, but is it illegal not to have one on that size of lift? I've heard mixed things on that
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post #4 of 22 Old 05-17-2013, 06:56 AM
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Think about it, why would you need one? If there is any shimmy, the best thing is to figure out why and eliminate it with new parts and/or a proper alignment. I'm with an SOA, 35's, no track or sway, and can safely do 75+ MPH on the freeway with zero steering issues (on rare occasion, prefer 70 MPH or less).

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I'm with Don on this one. I was SOA on 37's and never had a steering stabilizer. I drove to the trails at 70MPH and never had a use for one. If there was a shimmy or shake, it was found and repaired.


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If it has tracks, tires or tits, its gonna cause a problem.

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post #6 of 22 Old 05-20-2013, 07:35 AM
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I have ridden with and with out. To me it makes the steering feel more normal, a little tighter. Like people have said above, if things are working right you should be able to drive without one.

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yeah I'd get it. Its only 40-50 bucks and easy to install.
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post #8 of 22 Old 05-20-2013, 10:39 AM
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yeah I'd get it. Its only 40-50 bucks and easy to install.
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I did the same thing with the lift. I got a drop pitman arm and installed it. It drives smoother with one than without! I have an extra one too.
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None here on 35s. I figure it will give me an earlier warning if I have a steering component going out.
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post #11 of 22 Old 05-22-2013, 02:11 PM
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Do you need a steering stabilizer to have your jeep behave? If everything setup correctly, no. Does it provide some cushioning affect and thus reduce stress on other front end components? I think so.
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I have an extra one too.
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I subscribe to the proper set up notion. I don't have one and don't miss it.


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post #14 of 22 Old 05-23-2013, 06:23 AM
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Do you need a steering stabilizer to have your jeep behave? If everything setup correctly, no. Does it provide some cushioning affect and thus reduce stress on other front end components? I think so.
I don’t think a steering stabilizers offer enough resistance or "cushioning" to protect anything. All it does is offer a little resistance when it is pushed or pulled.

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My ex-wife had a 90 Cherokee and hit something and destroyed her stabilizer.. On the way home she would have a dangerous shake at 35+mph. I am talking so bad other people would pull over when she was driving. She got to the shop and I replaced the stabilizer and rebalanced the wheels and the suicide machine was no longer trying to kill!! The odd thing is she had stock 235's on! On my old Cherokee I had 35x14.50 that was not balanced and I had placed the double stabilizer on it because if one is good then two must be better... I never had an issue with steering vibrations or the angry bull that my ex-wife had encountered!

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