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Steering and Steering Stabilizers

Discussion in '4x4 Discussion' started by Evan, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. Evan

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    When lifting a Jeep the OEM design and tolerances are changed. This can be anything from larger tires to heavy bumpers translating to slower acceleration for example. When you add larger tires and a suspension lift, another thing that usually needs to be addressed is the steering setup and the OEM steering stabilizer.

    When large tires are added to a build, handing decreases. This can be anything from feeling more bumps in the road, to the tendency of the vehicle to follow these bumps once the Jeep passes over them (ex, when coming out of a depression in the road, the vehicle may wander to the left or right). The steering wheel may feel like it jerks more, or in a worst case scenario off-road, the steering setup may fail entirely, if the tires prove too big for the OEM parts.

    There are many ways to fix the above problems, but let's incorporate tire size into this as well. For example, if you add 33" tires to your Jeep Wrangler JK, you may wish to upgrade to an aftermarket steering stabilizer. This will provide more of a buffer between your steering wheel and the road, allowing your Jeep to soak up any rough patches more efficiently. For this, we carry and recommend Old Man Emu.

    Now, if you have 35-37" tires, you may want a steering stabilizer (and depending on how high your lift kit is), possibly a high-steer kit. The high-steer kit will improve the quality and precision of your steering, as well as correcting the steering geometry for those with a higher lift (around 3-4.5"). This kit comes standard on the AEV 3.5"-4.5" DualSport SC and RS suspension kits, but can be added to other aftermarket kits as well.

    Now, if you have larger tires or if your Jeep is a serious off-road 'rig, you may want to upgrade the OEM steering setup entirely. Some aftermarket kits will feature upgraded ball joints and tie rods, for example, and these beefy components will ensure that your Jeep won't become stranded on the trail. TeraFlex comes to mind for this upgrade.

    What steering upgrades or aftermarket stabilizers do you run, and how big is your lift/tires? Let us know if you have any questions, and if you've got pictures of your 'rig, post 'em up below!
     

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