Steering Stabilizers Recommendations / Tips?

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Hello!

I’m new to the Wrangler world (bought a 2018 JLU Sport S last November and LOVE IT). I just ordered the Mopar 2” lift kit, Tactik T743 rims (17x9) and plan on putting BFG KO2s (35/12.5/17). I keep seeing talks about getting a better steering stabilizer on the Jeep with this sized wheel setup, specifically this one:
https://www.quadratec.com/p/terafle...X3Wk11bEwPxKsTv-U1Xl1bAaHKkjne-aU0aAkFD8P8HAQ

Does anyone have any experience with this? Any others to recommend? I’ll do mostly road driving with the occasional off-road adventure, but want to make sure I’m set. Any tips for a Wrangler newbie?
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you don't need a new steering stabilizer. in fact, you don't need a stabilizer at all. aftermarket stabilizers are there for one thing. to separate you from your money.
I somewhat agree with this.

You don’t need one if you’re not experiencing any steering issues and even if you ARE an SS may not be the fix. I have a Falcon 2.2 fast adjust and like it over the OEM one on the Firm setting.

It’s totally up to you but it’s a great little mod to get your hands dirty for the first time albeit not necessary. Very easy install if you do pull the trigger and inexpensive.

Have fun buddy and welcome to the gun club!
 

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I somewhat agree with this.

You don’t need one if you’re not experiencing any steering issues and even if you ARE an SS may not be the fix. I have a Falcon 2.2 fast adjust and like it over the OEM one on the Firm setting.

It’s totally up to you but it’s a great little mod to get your hands dirty for the first time albeit not necessary. Very easy install if you do pull the trigger and inexpensive.

Have fun buddy and welcome to the gun club!
Morton is on point here. I personally would not change the stabilizer unless it was leaking or damaged in any way, but once that happens, one with compression adjustment is the way to go. That way you can really dial the feel and make it steer as loosely or tightly as you like.

If you are looking for mods to do with the lift, I would consider other suspension components like track bars, steering linkages, or adjustable control arm. The Teraflex Rear Tire carrier is also a great mod that is overlooked commonly to make sure your new tires dont damage the tailgate, and your 3rd brakelight is still useable.
 

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I somewhat agree with this.

You don’t need one if you’re not experiencing any steering issues and even if you ARE an SS may not be the fix. I have a Falcon 2.2 fast adjust and like it over the OEM one on the Firm setting.

It’s totally up to you but it’s a great little mod to get your hands dirty for the first time albeit not necessary. Very easy install if you do pull the trigger and inexpensive.

Have fun buddy and welcome to the gun club!
I agree with this, you don't need it, but it did help the general floaty wandering steering of the JL. Feels much tighter with less play now. I have also added a 2.5" Teraflex ST2 lift with upgraded bump stops on 37" Patagonia tires. The Falcon was noticeably better with my setup.
 

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I agree with this, you don't need it, but it did help the general floaty wandering steering of the JL. Feels much tighter with less play now. I have also added a 2.5" Teraflex ST2 lift with upgraded bump stops on 37" Patagonia tires. The Falcon was noticeably better with my setup.
Just got my 3.5" lift and steering seems fine until a hit some rough pavement then it's all over the place. You think a new stabilizer will help. Currently I've got the yeti track bar but everything else is stock.
 

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Hello!

I’m new to the Wrangler world (bought a 2018 JLU Sport S last November and LOVE IT). I just ordered the Mopar 2” lift kit, Tactik T743 rims (17x9) and plan on putting BFG KO2s (35/12.5/17). I keep seeing talks about getting a better steering stabilizer on the Jeep with this sized wheel setup, specifically this one:
https://www.quadratec.com/p/terafle...X3Wk11bEwPxKsTv-U1Xl1bAaHKkjne-aU0aAkFD8P8HAQ

Does anyone have any experience with this? Any others to recommend? I’ll do mostly road driving with the occasional off-road adventure, but want to make sure I’m set. Any tips for a Wrangler newbie?
If you do decide to get one, don't get the Falcon one for the JL. Get the JK version as it mounts to the top of the tie rod and is better protected. Of course you'll need a new 1-5/8" tie rod first, but the OEM one is weak anyhow.
 
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Well the lift is finally done and turns out the front end is nice and tight - don’t need stabilizer after all! Thanks everyone for the info!

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something to consider is if you have an adjustable resistance SS, it may effect the performance of the electric variable response steering system. I have the Falcon and can't use it on anything but the soft setting because it preload too much resistance. I oversteer on the hard setting.
 

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Have a question about SS. I damaged my stock one so I picked up a Bilstein 5100 SS to match my newer shocks. When I installed it, it wanted to force open. I was a bit confused as to why it would want to force open like a standard shock as that would cause a pull right?

Well, it seems to pull while driving but didn’t pull before I installed it. Why would a SS force open as if that was true, it would pull? Is this normal? Did I just buy a bad SS or bad brand? I’ve been a fan of their shocks so I figured their SS wouldn’t be bad either.

Any help would be appreciated. Just wondering if I should get one that doesn’t cause a pull.
 

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Looks like, based on my little research, gas charged SS tend to have a tendency to fully extend. Only reason I can think of for that purpose, maybe for heavy duty steering components? Either way, my setup is stock minus the small lift and tires, so I don’t think I would require the heavy “duty Stabilizers” per say.

Just bummed I didn’t figure this out prior to buying this one. I’m guessing I’ll need to find one that’s more neutral and doesn’t fully extend on its own?
 

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I've been a fan of the through shaft types of stabilizers. I have a Fox TS on the Jeep and an adjustable teraflex one that is new in the box that I got on a trade. Both of them hold position anywhere along the length of their stroke. A proper stabilizer shouldn't extend on its own.
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Looks like, based on my little research, gas charged SS tend to have a tendency to fully extend. Only reason I can think of for that purpose, maybe for heavy duty steering components? Either way, my setup is stock minus the small lift and tires, so I don’t think I would require the heavy “duty Stabilizers” per say.

Just bummed I didn’t figure this out prior to buying this one. I’m guessing I’ll need to find one that’s more neutral and doesn’t fully extend on its own?
Hi Jon,
I’ve come across a couple of Fox closed end SS that would expand slightly on their own on the work bench. I’m not familiar with the one you have. I’ve fixed both of these Fox SS. One by turning the steering wheel lock to lock 5-10 times once a day for a couple days. The second one didn’t respond to this fix so I relieved some of the pressure, now it’s working great too.

An easy way for you to confirm it’s the SS pulling/pushing and not something else coincidentally is to jack up the front and see if the wheels turn on their own or not. Put them straight then turn them to close the shock and see if steering moves on it’s own.

If you do end up getting a new thru shaft SS, I’d recommend relocating it up on the tie rod.

If you want to PM me your address, I can send you the fox SS I fixed, it’s just laying on a shelf in the garage. If you can’t get a refund on your Bilstien and it’s going to end up on a shelf in your garage then maybe send it to me so I can see if I can figure out a fix for it so I can help others when this problem arises again.

If you can get a refund, or sell it to recoup some money then definitely do that. I don’t want anything for the SS, it would be satisfying enough knowing it’s being used by a fellow Jeep nut…..🙂

Sorry for the novel, I’ve been in the caffeine again….:facepalm:
 

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Hi Jon,
I’ve come across a couple of Fox closed end SS that would expand slightly on their own on the work bench. I’m not familiar with the one you have. I’ve fixed both of these Fox SS. One by turning the steering wheel lock to lock 5-10 times once a day for a couple days. The second one didn’t respond to this fix so I relieved some of the pressure, now it’s working great too.

An easy way for you to confirm it’s the SS pulling/pushing and not something else coincidentally is to jack up the front and see if the wheels turn on their own or not. Put them straight then turn them to close the shock and see if steering moves on it’s own.

If you do end up getting a new thru shaft SS, I’d recommend relocating it up on the tie rod.

If you want to PM me your address, I can send you the fox SS I fixed, it’s just laying on a shelf in the garage. If you can’t get a refund on your Bilstien and it’s going to end up on a shelf in your garage then maybe send it to me so I can see if I can figure out a fix for it so I can help others when this problem arises again.

If you can get a refund, or sell it to recoup some money then definitely do that. I don’t want anything for the SS, it would be satisfying enough knowing it’s being used by a fellow Jeep nut…..🙂

Sorry for the novel, I’ve been in the caffeine again….:facepalm:
Wow, thanks for that info! I’ll give those suggestions a try and see/verify it is my SS. If so, I’ll hit you up on that offer.
 
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