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Steering stabilizer -- run it or nay?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dremu, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    I just did the 8-lug swap up front to match my new 14BFF in back, and it was easier to drop in a matching-geared 10-bolt than to switch the outers and re-gear my Dana 44. (Thanks Iceman!)

    The new axle, though, doesn't have a steering stabilizer, and my D-44 was so greasy I was too lazy to pull the old one off yet.

    Doesn't seem to drive any worse; in fact, it drives better, seems like. I do not that my front springs are Ranchos and are STIFF (but hey, they were free -- thanks Desert Rat!)

    So, should I ... switch the old stabilizer onto this axle? Get a new one? Or run without?

    -- A
     
  2. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    if you're not having any probs, leave it off. Steering stabs basically just "cover up" various steering issues.. if you're not having any, you don't need it.

    j
     
  3. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    just leave it off for now, however if u feel the need to put one on, then just buy a new one, they are dirt cheap at advance auto parts or sumthin
     
  4. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    I had a good thread going with a poll until all the polls were deleted. But you can see by the posts that the overwhelming favorite was NO.

    Clicky --->Swaybar thread

    EDIT: Hell, never mind. I just realized I can't read. I was thinking "sway bar" not "steering stabilizer".
     
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  5. RootBreaker

    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    ill keep my duals until a hydro assist goes on.... :crazy:
     
  6. Jonny-K5

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    i like mine. drove without before, squirrly at freeway speeds and "spirited" driving. if yours feels uneasy then just buy a new one. ya they can cover up steering problems to an extent, but they also stabilize the steering when there's no problems, which is why they are there.
     
  7. Hossbaby50

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    I have run without a steering stabilizer for 3 years with no problems. I have run this setup with a few different setups including stock steering with 2.5" springs, raised steering arm with 2.5" springs, raised steering arm with 4" springs, and crossover steering with 4" springs. I have had no problems with any of them.

    Stabilizers just cover up steering problems like Jek mentioned. If your steering needs a stabilizer then you need to look at your steering and find out why. Spend the money from the stabilizer cost to fix the real problems.

    Harley
     
  8. CyberSniper

    CyberSniper 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I'm running 40s and crossover with 56" springs and no steering stabilizer. Haven't had an issue as of yet but I only have like 35 road miles on it and about 10 of them have been over 45mph.
     
  9. down4thakrown

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    havn't had one on my d.d. for almost a year now
     
  10. CHEVY 4WD

    CHEVY 4WD 1/2 ton status

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    when I went 3/4ton I just ran with out one for a month or so with out one because I had no problems and drove fine, But i just HAD to have one so I bought a dual set up and saw no differance just looks cool :D
     
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    If it drives okay for you, don't worry about it. If it gets squirly, slap a new one on it.
     
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    The only thing I wonder about in running w/o one is if vibes you can't feel (there is a gear system btwn you and them) are working the pitman shaft bushes harder than if you had one.
     

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