Steering Stabilizer Replacement

When I had American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) install their 3.5” suspension, it included an upgraded steering stabilizer.  After 19,500 miles on the odometer the steering felt soft, but I didn’t notice any fluid leak, so I couldn’t tell if it was broken. As it turns out, the original boot on the shock had ripped and I did not know that two winter driving seasons had compromised the shock. 

I took the stabilizer off to put a new boot on, when I did, I thought that the piston shock moved a little too freely. Swapping out the Steering Stabilizer is fairly easy and inexpensive.  AEV used ARB Old Man Emu shock, so I ordered a repayment one at less than $100 and five days later the new OME Steering Stabilizer was delivered to my door.

Swapping out the Steering Stabilizer, like I said, is easy. I had pretty much already did the work when I replaced the shock boot, but I reinstalled the old one.  

The process takes about 15 minutes, from start to finish.  

The new OME Steering Stabilizer is yellow, the AEV one is black.  AEV has their steering stabilizers specially made with back.  I personally like the accent that the yellow has, but that’s me!

I feel that the Jeep handles better, and I’m glad that I swapped this out.  It’s cheap and easy and makes me have one less worry that something is wrong.

https://www.expeditionteamoverland.com/2018-JKU-Rubicon-Recon-Gobi-Build/Steering-Stabilizer-Replacement-

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. JKFreaks.com was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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