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Steering stabilizer ?

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Old 04-14-2014, 11:58 PM
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Default Steering stabilizer ?

I have 96 r1500 with 5 in lift and need a new steering stabilizer ! Does it need to be a big tube or can it be stock size ?
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:49 AM
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Spend your money replacing your worn out front end parts instead of getting something that just hides the real issue.


That's what I would do at least.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:11 AM
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Yeah, I couldn't tell a difference between no stabilizer and dual stabilizers on my 5" lift.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:25 PM
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Stabilizers shouldnt be used IMO. They hide what the real problem is.

Having said that I still run one lol. Stock one would be probably be sufficient. Ham Bone is right though, inspect the front end for wear before you replace stabilizer.
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I am gonna replace the front end parts but was at adavance auto and the ones they pulled up showed some stock size ones and some with bigger tubes ! Was just curious if there was a difference ?
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Get a good one.
These guys that think they just hide issues dont really know what they're saying.
Big trucks with big tires get movement even with new parts and everything right and tight.
The stabilizer shock just assists in controlling that movement. Not hiding it.
If something is bad you will notice. Tie rod, ball joint, wheel bearing, etc.

On a personal experience my truck was 8" lift on 36" Swampers.
New bearings, u-joints, ball joints, tie rods, pitman arm, etc.
Rebuilt front end. Stabilizer shock crapped out on the way to work a month later. At 50mph it started to wobble so hard it almost tore my truck apart and wanted to throw me in the ditch.
Scarey thing the death wobble is.
New dual stabilizer (upgrade) and life was good again.
Had nothing to do with hiding issues.
Its part of a system.
Its why even new factory vehicles have stabilizer shocks.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:36 AM
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Get a good one.
These guys that think they just hide issues dont really know what they're saying.
Big trucks with big tires get movement even with new parts and everything right and tight.
The stabilizer shock just assists in controlling that movement. Not hiding it.
If something is bad you will notice. Tie rod, ball joint, wheel bearing, etc.

On a personal experience my truck was 8" lift on 36" Swampers.
New bearings, u-joints, ball joints, tie rods, pitman arm, etc.
Rebuilt front end. Stabilizer shock crapped out on the way to work a month later. At 50mph it started to wobble so hard it almost tore my truck apart and wanted to throw me in the ditch.
Scarey thing the death wobble is.
New dual stabilizer (upgrade) and life was good again.
Had nothing to do with hiding issues.
Its part of a system.
Its why even new factory vehicles have stabilizer shocks.
There are people on this forum everyday who come in here saying "my truck steers like crap should I get dual stabilizers?" No dude. No you shouldnt
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:37 AM
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Get a good one.
These guys that think they just hide issues dont really know what they're saying.
Big trucks with big tires get movement even with new parts and everything right and tight.
The stabilizer shock just assists in controlling that movement. Not hiding it.
If something is bad you will notice. Tie rod, ball joint, wheel bearing, etc.

On a personal experience my truck was 8" lift on 36" Swampers.
New bearings, u-joints, ball joints, tie rods, pitman arm, etc.
Rebuilt front end. Stabilizer shock crapped out on the way to work a month later. At 50mph it started to wobble so hard it almost tore my truck apart and wanted to throw me in the ditch.
Scarey thing the death wobble is.
New dual stabilizer (upgrade) and life was good again.
Had nothing to do with hiding issues.
Its part of a system.
Its why even new factory vehicles have stabilizer shocks.
Actually, this is a perfect example of steering stabilizers masking symptoms of something else being wrong.
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I've been 90mph on the interstate without any stabilizer. No wobble or anything. Just jars alittle more when I hit a ditch.
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I've been 90mph on the interstate without any stabilizer. No wobble or anything. Just jars alittle more when I hit a ditch.
Ok.
What do I see in your picture and posted below it?
Oh ya, dual stabilizers.
Now why would you do that if you have absolutely no issue with your truck?
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