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Should i get Steering Stabilizers?

I was jus wondering since i got my lift coming on and throwing 35's on and rims if a dual steering stablizer kit would be a good idea? here they are. http://store.summitracing.com/defaul...0&autoview=sku is it worth it or no? they are the dual sky jackers
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Most of those are designed for steering box/drag link style steering systems. If your ball joints are in good shape and you keep up with toe-in, they are completely unnecessary in my experience. Rack and pinion steering systems just don't have the natural play and flex that drag link and long tie rod systems do.
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Steering stabilzers are a band aid IMO. like J-dawg said, make sure the entire front end is in good shape and get a proper allignment then u'll be ok.

on a solid axle rig, sometimes vibrations from one side can translaste through the other and there is nothing that can be done, that is where a steering stabilzer helps. otherwise it covers up deeper issues.

are u going to be using the coil spacers and lift coils with the lift ur getting? or was that someone else im thinking of...
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that was actually my nxt ? Do i even need them now?
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I'd pass on the stabilizers also. Like they said, IFS set-ups just don't really need them with rack and pinion steering.

Personally, I'd leave the spacers out at first and see how you like it. You can put em back in later if you want.
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he has recirculating ball...

the spacers are going to **** ur allignment up something fierce. unless the lift has different mounting holes for 4 and 6 positions the spacers will add to much caster. that will then affect camber and ur be pounding sand up ur ***.
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so keep em out? jus want it too sit level ya know?
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haha ya i know i had the same problems. id leave em out, the lift coils are actually stiffer and may raise the truck in the front a little to level it.

mine was *** high before i put the 2 1/2" kit up front. i know a few people w/ fullsize trucks with the TTB front and they used a 4" lift w/ coil spacers and has massive problems to the point they took em out.

if u want u can drive the truck a while w/ the new coils and let it settle then add the spacers so the front end isnt as off. ya know if the coils settle an inch then the spacers will take up the slack. id still leave em out.
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damn lifting. lol i dont care. im gonna like it!!! the coils are actually i think than the lifting blocks. i think
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I'd pass on the stabilizers also. Like they said, IFS set-ups just don't really need them with rack and pinion steering.
He has a 96 ranger with a TTB axle up front while i agree the stabilizers are not a good answer. He has a power steering box not rack and pinion steering. Also his steering is a drag link set up. same as mine. Take it to a front end alignment place and dont be suprised if you have to order some special bushings. I had to order them thru napa and then had my budy who does alignments for a living align my truck. makes a huge differance.
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Well IMO and from my experience with my '96 Bronco I added a steering stablizer not for any sort of "band-aid" but for more "feedback" in the wheel which was recommended to me by several other enthusiasts. It "tightened" up the steering feel with my big floppy 33's I had on it. Since I installed it myself and checked everything over about 10x during and after install, I was completely satisfied with it. Also, IMO, there doesn't appear to be anything negative about the stablizer. I did not however have a lift so I can't say if its a good or bad idea there but as far as investing $60 to get a little stiffer wheel, but at higher speeds the stabilizer was worth it IMO. My ball joints and such were all in tip-top shape when I got the stab, it was solely for an upgrade.
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So even if i did get one it will be ok right?
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it wont hurt anything, but its not needed.
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Ok just might do it for looks. I would jus feel alittle better bout em......
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I don't think its for looks at all, its not a bad investment at all, you'll be glad you did.
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just got em on order.....
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