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Is a more expensive steering stabilizer better?

anuffsaid

New Member
Jan 10, 2019
12
Big Rapids, MI
Hello All!

I am building two TJ's currently for my daughters. One is just about done. Putting crate 350's in both as well as a bunch of other stuff. The question I have is regarding steering stabilizers. I see them for $50-$300 on quadratec. Does the "you get what you pay for" saying apply? Whats the difference?

Thanks

Clark
 

L J

TJ Enthusiast
Nov 26, 2017
430
SoCal
Most here would recommend the Monroe Magnum SC2928 which is ~$24 on Amazon. I had a $100 gift certificate from Quadratec and picked up an Old Man Emu OMESD48 because it offers a bit stiffer valving than TJ specific stabilizers and have been satisfied with it (didn't cost me anything, though :lol:). I can't comment intelligently on the high dollar stabilizers.
 
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anuffsaid

New Member
Jan 10, 2019
12
Big Rapids, MI
Most here would recommend the Monroe Magnum SC2928 which is ~$24 on Amazon. I had a $100 gift certificate from Quadratec and picked up an Old Man Emu OMESD48 because it offers a bit stiffer valving than TJ specific stabilizers. I can't comment intelligently on the high dollar stabilizers, though.
Thanks LJ!
 

Chris

Administrator
Staff Member
Sep 28, 2015
38,102
Salem, Oregon
Don't fall into the steering stabilizer b.s. that is especially prevalent amongst JK and JL owners. A $50 steering stabilizer works just as good (better actually) than a $300 steering stabilizer. The worst offenders are the dual steering stabilizers, which are nothing more than a marketing gimmick, and a complete joke.

The one I always recommend is this one:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000C53XRK/?tag=wranglerorg-20

Yes, that cheap steering stabilizer works just as good as some $200 name brand one (i.e. Fox). Steering stabilizers do very little on our TJs. In fact, you can test this first hand by removing your steering stabilizer and driving around for a few days. Guarantee you won't even know it's not there... guarantee it.
 
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Mr. Bills

TJ Addict
Nov 24, 2017
1,562
Area Code 530
I put a Rancho RS5000 on when I put on the Rancho RS5000X shocks, I figured what the hell, should work. It does. It’s on the low end cost wise.
I've been using Rancho RS5000 steering dampers for at least the past 35 years and most likely longer. They work, are relatively inexpensive, and last a long time.

If I recall correctly the RS5000 steering damper for the TJ is P/N RS5407 and typically costs $50-55. The marketing pitch by Rancho is that it is engineered for jeeps with oversize wheels and tires.

However, I am intrigued by the Monroe OEM replacement linked above by @Chris because it doesn't have the "White Rocket" look (meaning I wouldn't have to paint it) and it costs only $24. I infer from the fact that it has been recommended by @mrblaine without limitation to stockish size tires that it will work just fine for larger tires as well.
 
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Jay P

TJ Enthusiast
Nov 6, 2017
609
West Jordan, UT
I have a Teraflex 9550. I like the look and it’s black. $54 bucks. Only replaced my old one because it was 18 yrs old. No difference still.
I also live in West Jordan UT. Teraflex is the best around, just ask any local Jeeper in this area.


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L J

TJ Enthusiast
Nov 26, 2017
430
SoCal
Nope. To clarify, it is a steering damper, not stabilizer. All they do is slow quick back and forth steering feedback. A properly set up suspension doesn't even need one.
Just out of curiosity what is not proper about the OEM suspension?
 

mrblaine

TJ Expert
Supporting Member
Nov 20, 2015
5,334
Quail Valley, CA
Nope. To clarify, it is a steering damper, not stabilizer. All they do is slow quick back and forth steering feedback. A properly set up suspension doesn't even need one.
Even properly set up can benefit from the damping afforded by the stabilizer. Anything we can do to mitigate shock load makes stuff last a lot longer.
 
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anuffsaid

New Member
Jan 10, 2019
12
Big Rapids, MI
my TJ has 35" tires and wanders a lot down the road. It is always a battle to keep it straight. any suggestions? Could the culprit be the track bar?

Thanks for all of the replies
 

astjp2

TJ Addict
Aug 22, 2018
2,079
Utah and Alaska
my TJ has 35" tires and wanders a lot down the road. It is always a battle to keep it straight. any suggestions? Could the culprit be the track bar?

Thanks for all of the replies
Do your tires stick out of the fender flares? track width can aggravate steering wander, you also need to do the suspension travel test by pulling the springs and then moving everything up and down to check for rubbing, interference and travel. There are a lot of good posts and a few with pics that demonstrate what I am talking about.
 

tworley

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Supporting Member
Ride of the Month Winner
May 23, 2018
2,269
Morrison, CO
my TJ has 35" tires and wanders a lot down the road. It is always a battle to keep it straight. any suggestions? Could the culprit be the track bar?

Thanks for all of the replies
Check the toe-in. Check Caster. Perform a dry-steer test and check the items below for any and all play.
https://wranglertjforum.com/threads/how-to-align-your-jeep-wrangler-tj.85/

If you install an adjustable trackbar heres a good way to center the axle
https://wranglertjforum.com/threads/how-to-align-your-axle-with-an-adjustable-track-bar.16623/
 
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ranger101

TJ Enthusiast
Dec 30, 2018
171
Winchester, VA
I run a Fox on mine and have to say I saw no difference between it and the old Pro-Comp one that was on it before. I honestly just bought it for the look, not expecting to see any ‘’performance” difference.
 
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Calvin.8

TJ Enthusiast
Nov 11, 2018
134
Iola KS
My current one is leaking, should I even bother to replace it since I have other items on my build list that I would rather buy?
 

Jerry Bransford

TJ Guru
Supporting Member
Nov 9, 2015
10,958
Escondido California
The term steering 'stabilizer' is actually a misnomer, its correct name and function is that of steering damper. Its job is to protect the steering system by damping out jolts and bumps when driving over dips, bumps, etc. on the road surface. I'd replace it just so the steering system has that protection.

Go with a standard hydraulic steering damper like Rancho sells in their RS5000 kit. Some gas-charged dampers can cause the steering to want to go left due to their trait of constantly trying to expand.