Steering stabilizer questions

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On the way there
Mar 15, 2003
Sacramento, CA
I'm getting near the end of my FJ40 project, and one issue still to be addressed is the steering stabilizer. I have 4x4 Labs high steer with the drag link in front of the axle and the tie rod behind it.

Best options?


Stabilize drag link or tierod?

Try driving it without it first. I've got the same high steer. I don't have a stabilzer and never really missed it.
It seems to me that if you are going to add one, the rear tie rod would be the best place to have it. Its the most direct link to the forces you are tring to stabilize. Otherwise the force would be traveling through the passenger sice knuckle. In practice it would probably be about the same.

good luck
Hi All:

My SUA FJ40 does not have a steering stabilizer on it and it drives, steers, handles, etc. just fine. When I did the Saginaw PS swap there was no way to attach the stock-type stabilizer, so it got removed - I've never bothered rigging any others up.


We don't need no stinkin' steering stabilizers!
I'm with the others that have the wait-and-see approach. PS really does go a long way towards eliminating the need for one.


Mark A.
Follow up

First long trip in the "new" Cruiser yesterday. I drove from Sacramento to 4x4 Labs in Grass Valley.(60 miles or so) Previous longest trip was 2 miles to the muffler shop.

It's freeway most of the way, with lots of construction, grooves, expansion cracks, etc.

Not one problem. The steering tracked straight, with no issues at all. No "death wobble", no following grooving, no darty stuff on the brakes, and NO STEERING STABILIZER. You guys were right-works fine without it.

I don't know if it's the longer wheelbase, or the wider axles, but despite the spring over, it feels more stable on the road that it did spring under before all the changes. Plus, a carb desmog and rebuild, + fully electronic FJ60 ignition + Distributor recurve and new vacuum pot = happy running 2F.

Off to the Rubicon this weekend!
NO STEERING STABILIZER. You guys were right-works fine without it.

you can say that again, and of course we would not lead you astray:cheers:

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