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Re: What does a Steering Stabilizer do?
Yes, they work exactly like a shock absorber, by providing hydraulic friction to resist rapid movement. I've ran without one and it doesn't make a large seat of the pants difference in the way the steering feels or the jeep handles. However, as the factory installed one, you should probably keep a working one in place. It would dampen the shock load caused by the tires hitting irregularities in the road surface (ruts, bumps, holes) and signifantly reduce the chance of an oscillation occuring. It might reduce wear and tear on steering components by absorbing some of that shock energy. That said, there are a lot of things it doesn't (or shouldn't be relied upon to do), such a reduce bump steer, centre the steering, make up for improper alignment of geometry or worn and loose components.
I have power steering on my CJ, and find there is little feedback from the road surface to the steering wheel, even on offroad terrains. That said, I wouldn't even consider mounting a dual one.