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Old September 16th, 2012, 05:29 PM
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Default Steering Stabilizers after tire size change

When are steering stabilizers useful?

Do they make a difference if making minor tire size changes of 3 inches or less?

Does tire type make a difference in adding a steering stabilizer?



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When are steering stabilizers useful?
Always on a 4x4 IMO. Now if you asked when they would be rquired to keep steering safe at speed with imperfections in the road, i would definitely say any time you increase tire size either by width or height. No real formula or anything. But i would say if you go from 30" to 33" it wouldnt be a bad idea to get a steering stabilizer. Tire type doesnt matter. Its the size and weight difference that determines their use.



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If you are having problems steering, make sure the rest of your steering system is in good shape before you put on a stabilizer. A lot of people use stabilizers as a bandaid to fix a loose steering system.


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What I noticed after the tire size increase was the how sensitive the steering is. I think it is the mass weight like Biker says.

What I tried so far is changing the tire pressures to see if there was a 'homemade' or cheap fix. No luck there.

What I feel is a little drifting in the lane. Nothing even close to be called dangerous or unsafe. Kid of like when you're driving and the road is uneven and your notice it isn't smooth. Prolly don't make sense to some but it's road feedback. Maybe I'm a tad anal (lol - cant wait for the blast on that) but I can notice how the truck behaves.

I'm thinking, but wasn't sure, it might be worth a stablizer.

How do I go about figuring out what I need?

Do I need to measure tire travel side to side and get a stabilizer with 50 to 100% of rod travel?

Yep I'm clueless here.



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Well when increasing tire size, an alignment is normally a good idea. You already need one so I wouldn't worry about getting a stabilzer until after the alignment. If the problem is there after the alignment, then check your steering system. Easy way to check the system is to set the parking brake, start the truck, have a helper sit in the driver seat while you lay under the front end. Then have the driver turn the steering wheel back and forth while you watch the steerin components. You want NO play in anything at all. The second the steering wheel moves, the components leading up the tire should move.

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Had the alignment checked since I was changing tires and it been checked in three years. It did need minor adjustment when I replaced the tires. Very minor.

The tires drive straight even while it adjusts to the road. Just feels a lot heavier and it makes it more prone to slight wondering because of the road crown/surface. So I thought I might need consider something to counter it. A stabilizer came to mind but never installed one.

Guess its time so away I go to do some www surfing research... Thanks to all for sharing the ideas.



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Wasn't even looking for the answer at the time. Was actually cleaning up the yard when the light bulb went on.

I will be surprised if you guess the answer.

Hint - it is simple...

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