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post #1 of 37 Old 10-22-2014, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Stabilizer

Hey all I have a question. What is the best upgrade to the stock steering stabilizer on 13 Wrangler Rubicon 2 DR? I ask because our jeep is a little squirrely at times. It has Rubicon express 2.5 lift and 285 tires added. Had a alignment done it was off a little bit not too bad, loosened all control arms re-torque to factory specs and it got a little better but was thinking if I was to put a better quality stabilizer on her it would be even better. Thanks for any input.

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post #2 of 37 Old 10-22-2014, 04:37 PM
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Steering stabilizer isn't the answer. Sounds like your caster is off. Did the alignment shop give you a print out of your alignment?

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Awesome. Do u have the ability to post up your results? Might be helpful to determine if it really is a caster issue.

I had the exact same issue after installing my aev lift. Installed the control arm drop brackets and all was well.

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Ya I think its at home. I'm on 24 hour duty right now so I'll have to check it tomorrow and try to post it up here. Thanks for the heads up.
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Also make sure your not running too much tire pressure. That will make if feel a little loose as well. If you can post up your current pressure we can help with that as well.

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Also make sure your not running too much tire pressure. That will make if feel a little loose as well. If you can post up your current pressure we can help with that as well.
Look up "Chalk Test" and adjust your tire pressure that way.

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Well since I moved up to a 285 tire size I don't run the 37 psi, I run 33 psi in them. When I ran them at 37 it was almost horrible to drive.
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Well since I moved up to a 285 tire size I don't run the 37 psi, I run 33 psi in them. When I ran them at 37 it was almost horrible to drive.
The larger the tire, generally, the lower the tire pressure.
I.E.: I run 27 psi in my 37's. But that is based on my individual Jeep considering weight, and wheel size. I used the chalk test to determine that psi.

But like jpin321 said, a steering stabilizer is not the answer. Adjusting tire pressure or the castor on the front lower control arms is where you need to start. Many people drive without a steering stabilizer. It is really only necessary when you get to the very large tire sizes (37"+) to stop bump-steer. Personally, I run without one.

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You know know that I think about the lift kit I do remember two round disk looking items and wonder if that's for caster adjustments. I need to look up install instructions and see.
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Yep sure as sh--. These dang things
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SS is not the answer but when I switched from 35s to 37s (36.5ish) i could feel more road movement in the steering wheel when driving straight(not enough to call it bump steer-just enough to tell that my tires got bigger) so I swapped out the stock SS for a rancho one and it improved a little bit. try dropping your tire pressure to 30 or below and see if that is the difference.

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Watching this one like a hawk. I have a Zone 3" and up until I put 35's on everything was fine. Now it rides like crap and follows every rut in the road. Was going to get a new track bar but after reading some threads over the week I'm thinking its more of an alignment issue.

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Someone can correct me if I'm wrong. But you're at about 3*, stock is around 4* - 4.5* I think. I believe you would really benefit from some caster adjustment to get you closer to stock. I wouldn't use the cam bolts personally. If I were you I would opt for drop brackets like from aev http://www.aev-conversions.com/shop/...n-brackets-frt (this is what I have) or best case but more expensive would be some lower adjustable control arms.

My aev 2.5 lift netted me 3" of lift mine drove like a complete crap. The addition of the AEV brackets made all the difference. The added bonus to the drop brackets is it actually softens up the ride a bit by leveling out the control arms.

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