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Which steering stabilizer to get?

Post by sirrus » Fri May 22, 2020 8:09 pm

Can't decide which stabilizer to get: Anyone has experience with any of those? I suppose they are all good quality, but I know nothing about any of them and haven't seen many reviews online.
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Re: Which steering stabilizer to get?

Post by Stuka » Fri May 22, 2020 9:43 pm

NOT the ProComp.

The BDS and Rancho should be fine for you. Funny enough, I have not had one on my J10 for about 12 years. I broke the tab off the spring plate, never bothered fixing it. If your alignment and such is good, you really should not need one for the street. But they can be nice on rough dirt roads.
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Re: Which steering stabilizer to get?

Post by sirrus » Fri May 22, 2020 9:49 pm

Thanks! I was thinking about procomp or bds, leaning more towards bds - I’ll get that one then. I know that it should be ok even without it, but still want to get it

Just out of curiosity - why not pro comp? Are they bad? Should I avoid all pro comp stuff or it’s just stabilizer in particular?


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Re: Which steering stabilizer to get?

Post by Phils67 » Sat May 23, 2020 12:32 am

I'd steer away (no pun intended) from Rancho. I have their stabilizers and shocks and they were junk from the start. Some people praise them but I would never buy them again. I'm also curious why not Pro-Comp? Shocks and stabilizers or just stabilizers?
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Re: Which steering stabilizer to get?

Post by tgreese » Sat May 23, 2020 6:50 am

Why do you need a hot rod steering stabilizer?

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Re: Which steering stabilizer to get?

Post by sirrus » Sat May 23, 2020 7:26 am

What do you mean by hot rod stabilizer? I’m ordering a bunch of other stuff from BJs and wanted to get everything I need from one place in one box if possible - that’s the reason I’m looking at those three options


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Re: Which steering stabilizer to get?

Post by tgreese » Sat May 23, 2020 9:52 am

Well, it seems to me that a premium steering stabilizer would be way down on the want list for most owners. If the original is badly dented, broken or leaking, you might buy an OEM replacement like the Monroe, Gabriel or Moog I listed above. If you really need the stabilizer, IMO it's masking another problem in the front end. Back when Jeep started putting the open knuckle front end in the CJs in 1972 (before the FSJs) - I was there at a dealership - some of them would get a vibration that you could feel in the steering wheel at boulevard speeds. Not all CJs had this problem, and there was a service bulletin to install a stabilizer. There's less damping in the open knuckle axle, compared to the earlier closed knuckle style. The stabilizer is meant to add some damping to the steering and soak up any minor resonance in the front wheels. It's not a particularly vital component.
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Re: Which steering stabilizer to get?

Post by sirrus » Sat May 23, 2020 10:26 am

Thanks for clarification!

Mine is dead - bushings are gone and it’s leaking, so it’s time to replace it. I know that’s not the most important thing in the steering - I’ll also be doing tie rod ends and extra $15 for BDS stabilizer is not too much for me. And again there’s convenience of doing one order instead of having a dozen across different places.

Thanks for input everyone, I really appreciate it


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