View Full Version : Steering Stabiliser - Which one
12-01-2011, 11:49 AM
Which steering stabiliser do I get, a mono tube such as PPM, Bilstein or Fox, heavy duty such as Rancho, or adjustable heavy duty such as Tough Dog.
I have seen how Mono tube shocks such as PPM respond better and handle the coil oscilation better, so am wondering if the mono tube steering stabiliser does the same thing, or am I better off running an Adjustable Tough Dog which some believe handles slight wobbles very well.
12-01-2011, 11:55 AM
i recommend the PP one as i have it and works very well
12-01-2011, 12:03 PM
I have the adjustable tuff dog one on my tj i am very happy with it i also really like how i can adjust it to what terrain i am driving in.
12-01-2011, 01:11 PM
I run a MKII stock OE unit and to be brutually honest mine driove identially with a Mk1 OE ( till it f'ed up ) the MKII OE or actually with nothing at all.
I've driven others with different brands but as their setup also varied I couln't really tell what makes the differnce. Same brand on different rigs wen't from good to "and you spent the money to do what ?"
For what its worth... I think tyre compliance and to a lesswer extent suspension geometry has a huge amount to do with the need for a damper - the wider the tyre is stretched onto the rim the more a damper seems to be required. Big rubber on "small" rims seems to damp things in their own right.
I wonder if a meaningfull comparrison is actually possible unless you have the oportunity of trying all the options on your own vehicle and eliminating the million variables.
Will be intersting to hear all the differnet opinions
12-01-2011, 03:59 PM
watch the tough dog its big in diameter and hits most aftermarket diff guards
12-01-2011, 07:17 PM
Fox all the way, Ive had one for 30,000 ks, cant beat it.
12-01-2011, 08:20 PM
RANCHO - I have had the Rancho steering damper for almost all the life of my 2007 CRD JK. Never had any death wobble or front issues. Now running it with my PPM 4.5 inch lift and 35's. Great...big, fat and very tough.
12-01-2011, 08:38 PM
I put a Rancho RS5000 dampner on to replace OE Mk1 after my 2" ARB/OME lift was installed. Shimmy up front became Death Wobbles 200ks after Rancho. (NO I AM NOT BLAMING THE DAMPNER FOR WOBBLES!!)
Replaced Rancho with OE MKII , Death Wobbles returned to Shimmy.
Conclusion: I believe OE MKII Dampner to be comparable (if not better) in performance to Rancho RS5000.
(Shimmy and potential Death Wobbles eventually cured with Adj. Track Bars and LCA's).
Still have OE MKII fitted. Can definitely feel it working on the steering lock to lock, on and off road.
Rancho sitting in its box the shed. PM me if you want to try it.
13-01-2011, 05:58 AM
OME for me, relocated above tie rod with DBOR bracket and stone guard replaced with rack boot to improve clearance. Just cut off stone guard with a grinder but leave a small disc at the end to hold the boot, punch a couple of breather holes and secure on the stabiliser tube with a cable tie .
15-01-2011, 07:45 AM
Running a skyjacker dual steering stabiliser its great . Mate running a fox syster both good .
15-01-2011, 07:53 AM
I have the adjustable Tough Dog, but at the moment don't have any aftermarket diff guards. I am planning to get these, so the relocation kit looks like the goods to tuck it out of the way as they ALL hang down far too low. With the steering stab relocated, there would be plenty of room for diff guards.
16-01-2011, 01:57 PM
If the trucks set up properly you don't really notice the diff...
On my third dampener now and in total over the past several years probably done over 10,000 km without one at all or at least not one that actually has any oil in it... **)
All been replaced by dealer, one day I will get round to relocating it... superior wheel placement is still currently required LOL...
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