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post #1 of 18 Old 01-16-2020, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Steering Stabilizer - Put it back on? No off roading here.

As many of you have seen I went through my leaf springs and ran into a bracket that had no part attached to it, which you identified as where the steering stabilizer was located (steering dampener). I imagine the POs likely felt they didn't need it after the part likely failed and never replaced it.


My question; In that I will not be doing any off roading and want the smoothest ride possible, should I toss one back on?


Skyjacker makes a 9001 kit for $52, which I think would be totally worth it if that likely smooths out the steering. I checked around for posts and found a few, but nothing specifically talking about normal weekend warrior driving and what the steering is like around corners/roads.


EDIT: Thank you for the replies in the original thread, I wanted to break this out and get some additional guidance.


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post #2 of 18 Old 01-16-2020, 11:01 AM
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If it doesn't bother you leave it off. On coil sprung vehicles there is more issues because of side to side movement.

If you want one you can get them at about any parts store for less that the Skyjacker one. If things are feeling too ruff you make need to look at you TREs or maybe the bushings in you leafs.

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If it doesn't bother you leave it off. On coil sprung vehicles there is more issues because of side to side movement.

If you want one you can get them at about any parts store for less that the Skyjacker one. If things are feeling too ruff you make need to look at you TREs or maybe the bushings in you leafs.

So basically, with all variables in correct order, the driving on pavement and my noticing a difference should really be negligible? BTW, my roads are good around here and I should be potholing or having the wheel jerked around much.



And thanks for the options on where I could head instead of snagging the skyjacker

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So basically, with all variables in correct order, the driving on pavement and my noticing a difference should really be negligible? BTW, my roads are good around here and I should be potholing or having the wheel jerked around much.



And thanks for the options on where I could head instead of snagging the skyjacker
You could go to Napa, AutoZone, Orleiys or any other parts store to get one, even off line, Rock Auto, Amazon...

I never ran one on older trucks I have had. If everything is good the stabilizer may offer slightly more resistance when turning left or right? You have "feel" the road less?

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I just put a brand new steering stabilizer on mine a few months ago to replace the old worn one I've had for who knows how long... I can't tell much of a difference. I don't think the old once had much of a fight left in it if any. I did, however, notice a difference when I added a steering box brace about a year back. It's especially noticeable when I'm doing 70mph on the freeway with my 35" tires.

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My question; In that I will not be doing any off roading and

off roading has nothing to do with it. Its basically a soft shock that absorbs wheel shimmy, sudden wheel movement from impacts, and smooths out the steering cycling from one side to the other.





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want the smoothest ride possible,

Grease between the spring leafs, use regular store bought shocks like Blisten or Gabriel, have your suspension and steering in good working order, and don't run unneeded higher tire pressure.



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should I toss one back on?

Yes, they come on all these cars and truck (and jeeps) for a reason.



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Skyjacker makes a 9001 kit for $52, which I think would be totally worth it if that likely smooths out the steering.

If its a larger than stock dampener and or has different mounting ends, expect fitment and range issues. A firmer steering dampener will not compensate or fix issues in other parts of the system.....ball joints, caster angles, worn tie rod ends, loose shackles, etc.
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A stabiliser can mask JEEP DEATH WOBBLE for a while, but there is no substitute for keeping the steering in good order. If everything is otherwise fine you could live without it but I would put it on.

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post #8 of 18 Old 01-18-2020, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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I ordered up the Skyjacker 9001 Kit, but I don’t think it includes the steering arm bracket. I have the pin by the leaf springs, but no bracket on the actual arm. Looks like the PO removed it.

I imagine a universal bent steering bracket should do the trick. Thoughts?

I believe it is the smaller bracket in this photo but can’t find one around. (NOTE: One end of this photo is incorrect and that is not the one I bought)


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I'm not sure how you plan to connect the drivers side of that dampener. The stock one connects to a bracket on the spring perch.

Edit: Never-mind. I see you have it under control.


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Steering damper to tie-rod bracket.... that is the one that is proving to be a pain to find where the plate is contoured to the tie rod and looks exactly like that.

Thank you for the picture, very much appreciated!!!

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The aftermarket stabilizer doesn't need the curved plate. Just the ubolts that clamp to the tie rod. The other end also has ubolts that attach the bracket to the axle tube.
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Steering damper to tie-rod bracket.... that is the one that is proving to be a pain to find where the plate is contoured to the tie rod and looks exactly like that.
If you want a true OEM look, I'd search facebook groups if you have a facebook.. There are many used OEM buy/sell pages. I got lucky and found one at a pull and pay yard that had a wrecked CJ
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Steering damper to tie-rod bracket.... that is the one that is proving to be a pain to find where the plate is contoured to the tie rod and looks exactly like that.

Thank you for the picture, very much appreciated!!!
When i did the tie rod flip, I went with bigger tubes. If you want the clamp part, PM me and I'll send it your way free.

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When i did the tie rod flip, I went with bigger tubes. If you want the clamp part, PM me and I'll send it your way free.

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Mine (that I removed) had the same setup as yours. The only issue is that I have a dif cover with fins. It contacted the fins and never worked correctly. I had already replaced all the steering components, so I just removed it all together. Didn't notice any difference with it gone.
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