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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-22-2007, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Steering Stabilizer

I have a CJ-7 with 36" tires and newly installed power steering with a SOA conversion. What do you guys recommend that I do for a steering stabilizer?
I have noticed that there is a marked wobble in the steering and would like to get rid of the shimmy. I have heard that the SOA makes most of the kit upgrades a little bit difficult to do. Any suggestions for a bolt-on solution?
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If a steering stabilizer fixes your steering problem you still have a steering problem that you haven't fixed. No jeep I have had the occasion to help build is running a stabilizer and none of them have steering problems.

I ha problems manny years ago before I learned about steering and especially high steer. I replaced a stabiliser and wala problem solved for about two weeks when the back of the stabilizer blew out. After two or three replacements I found out I actually had a steering box problem that the damper was hiding not fixing.

I know others have differing opinions and the damper does help control external shock input feeding back inot the system from inpacts ect, but if you have a problem on a smooth surface I would find the problem before adding a damper.




Now after re reading your orignal post,,, I recomend you go highsteer...... Done right you will be very happy.

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Thanks for the input on the steering damper. What I will do first is make sure that the tires are properly balanced and see if that affects the steering. I get the feeling that those bargain HMMWV tires on wheels was not such a bargain after all and that they may be part of the root of the problem.
High steer? Please explain this to me.
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High steer gets the drag link and tie rod up out of the way of rocks and in the process reduce the angle of the drag link which reduces bumpsteer (If I remember that right) regardless a properly set up high steer setup eliminates all major steering issues. If you want to get fancy you can even move the tie rod behind the pumpkin for added security.

It is easy if you have a dana 44, but not cheap. Little more expensive with a 35 or 60... Post up some specifics and I can try to help. I don't know it all but I have sucessfully set up a few.

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Add this Building a custom hybrid front axle as further required reading.

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My 84 CJ still has the original D30 front and D20 rear axles and I would like to keep them without having to do too much heavy modification to them. I will have to read the article that you reference and see if it is within my wrenching abilities to make the mods shown. I am primarily cheap by nature and do not do a lot of rock crawling so I want cheap, easy dependability.
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I want to say with the cj dana 30 you can bolt dana 44 outers right to them.... Somebody chime in and let me know if that is right. I know to do it with tj, xj, and the like you have to replace the inner knuckle but I believe that is incorrect for the CJ. it has been a while...

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Rio is right about the shock....if you need it....something is wrong....it's main purpose is to prevent the wheel from being jerked out of your hand when a tires hits a rock or tree....

I've been driving my CJ now for almost a year without the steering stabilizer...drives great on the Fwy....and yes, I have SOA....with a d30 in the front (but not for long...found a flat top D44).

BTW....I'm running stock rubber bushings....

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