Recently, I have been reading a lot of posts over on JK-Forum.com regarding steering stabilizers and I have to say that I find all the misinformation regarding them or the need for them to be quite troubling. Here are some of the myths I’ve been hearing:
A new heavy duty steering stabilizer…
1. Is needed after installing a new lift and/or bigger tires
2. Will fix wandering or flighty steering
3. Will fix death wobble
For the record, IF you have your suspension/steering dial in correctly, a steering stabilizer isn’t really needed at all. While one might act as a bandaid and help to hide or mask wandering or flighty steering or even help reduce death wobble, IT DOES NOT AND WILL NOT FIX ANYTHING. Trust me, I have been running a factory steering stabilzer on my JK for over two years now and the last of which was while running 5.5″ of lift and 37’s. In fact, I have been running without one at all for the last two weeks and even at speeds of 80 MPH and I can’t hardly tell that one isn’t installed.
Now, am I suggesting that you shouldn’t run a steering stabilizer? Not at all and that is not the point of this article. A steering stabilizer is NICE to have and something I would recommend that everyone uses as it will help to absorb bumpsteer. However, it has been my experience that even with a set of heavy 37×13.50’s mounted on beadlocks, a factory unit is really all that you need. Will a heavy duty unit help absorb bumpsteer more, of course it will, but that’s about all it will do.
So, why bring all this up you might ask? Because I care about you guys and I just want to make sure that you take the time to address and FIX problems that you might be experiencing as opposed to masking or hiding them with a steering stabilizer.