International Full Size Jeep Association
Home Forums Reader's Rigs Tech Library Trail Stories FSJ-List
International Full Size Jeep Association  

Go Back   International Full Size Jeep Association > Tire Kickin' > General FSJ Tech

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-12-2002, 07:20 AM
TheGossert TheGossert is offline
Join Date: Aug 04, 2002
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posts: 138

If I install a new steering stabilizer, would I see any benefits in my day-to-day driving? One mechanic said my stabilizer is leaking and that a new one would help my steering. I think he's wrong.

I'm not expecting rack-and-pinion precision and feel with my '91 GW steering, but, my steering has a dead spot in the center, and I have about an 1" of play in the steering on each side. Also, the steering wheel is slow to return to center.

I already fixed a bad tie-rod, and that took care of some play. Another mechanic says the steering gearbox maybe too tight. Any suggestions? Larry.
1991 Grand Wagoneer (1st Jeep-bought 8/1/02). <br />--Rear main seal leaks fixed. What a pain!!<br />--GMB 1040P Hi-Perf. water pump and Hayden fan clutch<br />--TFI upgrade (MSD 8.5mm wires, MSD TFI coil, Champion truck plugs<br />--Bilstein shocks (front and rear)<br />--Optima battery <br />--HI-perf. alternator (powermaster)<br />--New Napa starter<br />--dual electric fans (plus clutch fan)<br />--Removed electric fuel pump (hated it: too noisy and exposed to elements)
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 07:24 AM
RamJetFSJ RamJetFSJ is offline
350 Buick
Join Date: Jul 18, 2001
Location: Carpinteria, CA
Posts: 875

I will cure some wander at speed on the road. It wont do anything for the dead spot or the slow to center problems.
Ben Haines
1980 Wagoneer - GM Perf. Ram Jet 350 crate motor, built 700R4, NP208, 4" lift, 33x10.5 tires.
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 07:38 AM
jode's Avatar
jode jode is offline
JB Welder
Join Date: Apr 08, 2002
Location: Midway, Utah
Posts: 6,378

No FSJs for the time being - "I'm working on it, I'm working on it" (think Mike Meyers' SNL skit about the gut)
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 07:45 AM
Posts: n/a

yeah, the steering stabilizer is meant to dampen "bump steer" when off road, but also has some benefit on less than perfect roads. the other problems you mentioned are related to the steering geer box and steering alignment/compon-ents.
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 02:34 PM
andy d andy d is offline
Shade Tree Shaman
Join Date: May 06, 2000
Location: Marshfield,MA
Posts: 7,205

greasing the tie rods helped my return to center problem a little. check out the steering column for play.there is a rubber connector that gets worn
\'88 gwag,pure stock
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2002, 05:15 PM
Don S's Avatar
Don S Don S is offline
Geriatric Doctor of FSJs
Join Date: Feb 06, 2002
Location: Burleson TX
Posts: 5,604

TheGossert… There is a condition know as Death Wobble… You can read about it at NAGCA.COM… It is a front-end ‘shimmy’ that can cause the loss of control of a vehicle and is mainly a highway speed problem. It seems the larger and heavier tires and wheels aggravate the problem. I’ve had the condition in two of my cars and Steering stabilizers help alleviate the Death Wobble problem… ..CUL.. ds..
76 406 QT TruTrac 2"lift 31x10.50s been over 261 Colorado MTN Passes since '85-BRC#30093 –Join and save your Trail
Jeep of the Month More OURAY Tips ABOVE *******Abbreviation & Acronym List BELOW
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:06 PM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.5.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
corner corner