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Monroe Steering Stabilizer

Monroe Steering Stabilizer

Part #: SC-2960

I didn't intend to replace my steering stabilizer so soon. I didn't have any problems with the stock stabilizer and the 35" tires, so didn't see the need. I was going to have the dealership swap the stabilizer around since there was a TSB out about the position of the stabilizer. Some were installed backwards and could get damaged. Okay, that's exactly what I did. I didn't eve do it off road, unless you consider the backyard of my house off road. A small tree stump reached up and played tag with the stabilizer. I was impressed to see how easy it was to crush and bend the factory stabilizer. Now Monroe does not have a listing for the stabilizer for the 2007 and up JK's yet. I had to take the old one and make some measurements on compressed length, extended length, eye size, and eye width. The closest match in the cataloge was the SC-2960 stabilizer. It has a little more extended length than the factory stabilizer, but the compressed length was only about 1/2" more and the eye's matched perfectly. I wouldn't doubt that this shock body finds a shorter throw shaft in the future to match up with the JK's. This stabilizer does work. This shock is definately bigger and stronger than the factory stabilizer. It's also heavy compared to the factory stabilizer

Additional Parts:

Tools Needed:
Ratchet
13mm Socket
18mm Socket

 

Removal and Installation:
Just a slight dent.
1. Remove the nut holding the stabilizer to the tie rod bracket with and 18mm socket.
2. Remove the bolt holding stabilizer to the frame with and 18mm socket.
Comparison Pictures
3. Turn the tires all the way to the right and with the stabilizer nearly compressed check to see how far you will need to move the bracket. I didn't compress the stabilizer all the way, I left about 1/4"-1/2" of the shaft exposed to compensate for the hubs not sitting against the steering stops.
4. Loosen the 4 nuts holding the tie rod stabilizer bracket in place with a 13mm socket. Slide the bracket about 1/2" over to the driver side on the tie rod and retighten.
5. Now turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and check for extension on the stabilizer. You will notice that this stabilizier has enough reach to hit the differential, but we will not be going that far with it.
6. Install the stabilizer with the body towards the frame. This is the way it was supposed to be installed from the factory. Use an 18mm socket.
7. Insert the rod end of the stabilizer over the tie rod bracket and tighten the nut with and 18mm socket.
8. Check the stabilzer by having someone move the tires left and right.

 

 


  N-m Ft. Lbs. In. Lbs.
Steering Damper Axle bolt 68 N·m
50 ft. lbs.  
Steering Damper to Tie Rod Nut 68 N·m 50 ft. lbs.  

This page last updated: 16-Apr-2008

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