Monday, August 15, 2011

how to install a sterring stabilizer on 2011 Rubicon?

The steering stabilizer is held on by a nut and bolt on the axle side, and a nut and bolt that is pressed in on the steering side. This is what a normal stabilizer looks like:

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-wrangler-steering-stabilizer.jpg

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-old-stabilizer.jpg


To start, remove the nut and bolt that keep the axle side of the stabilizer mounted.

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-steering-stabilizer-axle-side.jpg


Next, remove the cotter pin (if installed) from the steering side

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-steering-stabilizer-steering-side.jpg

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-steering-stabilizer-cotter-pin.jpg

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-wrangler-steering-stabilizer-removing.jpg


Once the pin is out, you can take the nut off with a standard socket set.

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-tj-steering-stabilizer-nut-removed.jpg


The give the bolt a tap or two with a hammer and it should pop out. Not need to bash it like Thor's hammer, just smack it a few times and it should pop out.

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-tj-steering-stabilizer-bfh.jpg


Here are the items included with new Rubicon Express stabilizer.

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-rubicon-express-wrangler-steering-stabilizer.jpg


I dont know if the new stabilizer will function any better than the old one, but is sure does look better.

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-steering-stabilizer-compare.jpg


Now, to start setting up the new stabilizer. You’ll need to press the metal sleeve into the axle (smaller side) of the stabilizer. I squirted a little silicon spray on before inserting it, but you could use water in a pinch.

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-steering-stabilizer-press-bushing.jpg


Here is what it looks like assembled and finger tightened.

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-steering-stabilizer-assembled.jpg


I started mounting the new stabilizer by installing the steering side. The only thing you need to do here is fit it in place then loosely bolt it down.

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-steering-stabilizer-new-install.jpg

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-steering-stabilizer-wrangler-tj.jpg


Pushing the axle side in is probably the most difficult part of the install. It took me a little work to get this side of the stabilizer mounted, but I was eventually able to do it. The problem was that the housing on each side of the stabilizer was pressed down tightly, and I couldnt get my bushing in there. I eventually used some pliers to open up the bracket a bit.

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-steering-stabilizer-mount.jpg

Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer-steering-stabilizer-wrangler-bracket.jpg

You are done. You should now go back and tighten everything down before going for a test drive.

No comments:

Post a Comment