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Jeep Wrangler JK Rough Country Dual Performance 2.2 Steering Stabilizer Review & Install

Jeep Wrangler JK Rough Country Dual Performance 2.2 Steering Stabilizer Review & Install

Hey, guys. So, today, I’m here with the Rough Country
Dual Performance 2.2 Steering Stabilizer, fitting all 2007 to 2018 JK Wranglers with
two inches of lift or more. So, if you’ve noticed a lack in smoothness
in your ride and you’re getting a little bit of feedback through your steering wheel, and
your steering linkage, it may be due to a worn-out leaking vent or even just overall
damaged steering stabilizer. So, that makes it a perfect time to replace
it. And this option by Rough Country is going
to do a good job at getting rid of some of that feedback. So, when you’re choosing a steering stabilizer,
it really is essential to understand how it operates and knowing what it will do as well
as what it will not do. So, a steering stabilizer is essentially going
to get rid of some of that feedback that you feel in the wheel, any of that jolting feeling
once you hit a bump. But it is not going to get rid of any wobble. It’s not gonna get rid of death wobble and
it’s definitely not gonna get rid of bump steer. Now, if you do have those issues, it’s most
likely a problem in your suspension geometry. However, if you don’t have any of those issues
and you’re just looking for something to get rid of that jarring feeling, once you’re doing
any high-speed stuff, or you’re hitting a lot of bumps, then a steering stabilizer like
this is going to be a really good upgrade to take a look into. So, this option by Rough Country is gonna
have two 50/50 valve hydraulic dampeners on either side. It’s gonna have some beefy hardware and it’s
gonna do a really good job at lasting a long time, but also being a really good replacement
for a damaged or worn out steering stabilizer. So, this is going to get rid of any of that
extra feedback that you fell on the wheel, especially for the Wrangler owners that have
two inches of lift or more on their Wrangler. So, not to mention this is also perfect for
somebody who really enjoys the look of a dual setup, considering that you really can’t miss
it once you see this on your Wrangler. Now, this is going to be roughly $125, putting
this right in the middle of the road as far as pricing goes. Now, in comparison to some other choices,
you usually have three different options once it comes to steering stabilizers. You have single steering stabilizers or, more
accurately, steering dampeners. You have dual stabilizers, and you also have
adjustable stabilizers. So, not only is this going to be in the middle
with price, it’s also going to be in the middle as far as the stabilizers go. So, the more cost-effective choice is usually
this single option. That’s going to get the job done and be more
or less a factory style replacement. However, this is going to have a couple more
bells and whistles than a single option. So, this is gonna be perfect for somebody
who’s looking for that look of an aggressive-looking dual steering stabilizer mounted up to their
tie rod. And then on the other hand, in that you have
those adjustable steering stabilizers, which are going to be pretty expensive. And that’s really for somebody who really
looking to fine-tune their steering. So, like I said, this is going to be in the
middle as far as price goes and as far as those extra bells and whistles. So, in my personal opinion, if you’re really
looking to smoothen out your ride with an aggressive-looking steering setup, then this
is gonna be a good option to take a look into again. So, install is gonna be a one out of three
wrenches on the difficulty meter. And I will put it at the harder side of a
one out of three. You are gonna need some basic hand tools to
get the job done. So, speaking of that install, let’s jump into
it now. The tools that I used for my install were
a large pry bar, an electric impact, a pneumatic impact, a 19-millimeter ratcheting wrench,
an 18-millimeter ratcheting wrench, 19-millimeter open-ended wrench, 9/16th-inch ratcheting
wrench, 21, 19, 18, and 15-millimeter deep socket, 13, 16th-inch deep socket, and a 9/16th-inch
deep socket, a 3/8th-inch drive ratchet, and a hammer. So, our first step to taking off our steering
stabilizer is going to be to remove the two bolts that are holding it in and then we can
remove our clamp. I’m gonna be using an 18-millimeter ratcheting
wrench in order to get those two bolts out. So, once the flag nut’s lose on the back,
what we can do is take this bolt out. So, as you can tell, our bolt is hitting our
tie rod on here. Now, you may be able to turn the tie rod up
or down and wiggle the bolt out. However, in our situation, it’s not really
working. So, what I’m gonna do is pull this wheel off,
drop the tie rods, so we are able to take this bolt out and then we can move on to the
other two bolts on our tie rod. So, I’m just taking our 13, 16th-inch socket,
it will depend on your lug nuts and then also an extension to clear our wheel. So, I’m only gonna drop this side of our tie
rod, just so we can clear this bolt here. Now, I’m gonna use a 21-millimeter socket
to my impact wrench. Hopefully, that will zip it off without turning
the ball joint. Now, if you are using hand tools, you may
have to use an Allen key to keep the ball joint still. But because I have an impact, it might zip
it off a little bit quicker. After the nut is flush with that stuff, what
I’m gonna do is take a hammer and tap it out. So, now we can just unthread that nut, drop
it down and we’ll be able to take out our bolt. We can put that to the side. What we’re gonna do is just put our tie rod
back into place. All right, now that that’s reconnected what
we can do is take out the other bolt as well as this clamp. So, our next step is to remove the nut on
the back of our steering stabilizer. I’m gonna use that same 18-millimeter ratcheting
wrench. All right, so we’ll be able to slide our stabilizer
off and then we just have to remove this clamp so we’re gonna need a 15-millimeter socket. Now, I’m gonna loosen out the clamp with a
15-millimeter socket. All right, and we’ll be able to slide this
out. So, what I’m gonna do is actually take that
bolt off. So, in order to get the clamp off of the tie
rod, what I did was grab two pry bars and pried in between here, and then that, kind
of, loosened up the clamp and we were able to hit it off with a hammer. So, now that that is off, what we can do is
go ahead and mount up a new system. So, before we go ahead and mount up our new
Rough Country system, I do wanna tell you guys a little bit about it, especially in
comparison to your factory setup. Now, right off the bat, they are going to
be very similar. So, all a steering dampener is is a 50/50
valve hydraulic shock or a hydraulic dampener. So, that’s what you’re getting out of this
Rough Country option. The only big difference is the fact that you’re
getting two and those are both gonna mount up to the top of the tie rod instead of just
getting one with your factory setup. Now, this is gonna be an upgrade in the fact
that if you have a leaking, or damaged, or worn out steering stabilizer from the factory,
this is going to be brand new and ensure that you’re not gonna get any of that feedback
through your steering wheel. Now, this is gonna come with some heavy-duty
bracketry to make sure that it’s gonna last a very long time and the actual dampeners
themselves are going to be pretty heavy-duty. So, like I said, the entry is gonna be 50/50
valves. It’s gonna be a hydraulic dampener, but it
is going to be a little beefier than our stock setup. This is going to have a 9/16th-inch rod and
it’s also gonna have a durable shock body on it. And, overall, this system is gonna look a
lot nicer mounted up to the top of your tie rod than your factory one is. Obviously, this isn’t as aesthetically pleasing
as a dual stabilizer is going to be. So, enough about these two on the table. Let’s go ahead and bolt up our new system. So, what we’re gonna do first is mount up
our center bracket. Now, you wanna make sure that this tab, that’s
offset, is facing our differential. Put this over. Grab our larger U-bolts and put that around
the axle. Grab our flange nuts. Thread those on, just so it stays in place. Do the same thing for the other side. So, once we have our U-bolts in place, what
we can do is thread on the same bolts. And we’re gonna leave everything loose so
that we can come back to it. Wanna make sure that everything’s fitting
up first. So, now we can install our smaller brackets
on the outside of our tie rod. Now, we will need to install one of our bolts
first that’s gonna hold part of our stabilizer and also the tab, the offset tab is going
to face the inside towards the differential. Now, we’re gonna take our smaller U-bolts,
put them around our tie rod, thread on the same flange nuts and repeat that on the other
side for our smaller bracket. So, what I’m gonna do next is install our
cover. This is going to attach to the bottom of our
center bracket. But while we put this bolt up through, we
need to simultaneously hold this shock or the dampener in place, making sure that the
fixed end of the shock, not the rod end of the shock is in the middle. So, I am going to line this up. We can grab our bolt and then while we’re
here, we can attach our flat washer on the top as well as our nut. All right, so what we’re gonna do next is
attach the other end of our dampener on to our smaller bracket at the ends of our tie
rods. We wanna make sure that this is sitting on
the end of the collar for our tie rod. So, you might have to push it back a little. Now, for right now, I’m not gonna tighten
anything down. I’m just gonna attach that flat washer and
the nut. We can do the same thing on the other side,
and then we can go back, and tighten everything down. So, what I’m gonna do first is tighten down
the end of our dampener in place on our small bracket. I’m gonna use a 19-millimeter deep socket
as well as a 19-millimeter wrench to keep the bolt still. Now, we can put our bracket back into place
if it’s moved. We can grab a 9/16th-inch socket and go ahead
and tighten these down. Now, you wanna make sure that you’re tightening
up these U-bolts pretty evenly. Now, we can do the same thing for our other
small bracket. Now, you wanna make sure that this bracket
is seating up against this collar here. If you have to pull on the shock, you might
have to do that. And then we can tighten these down with that
9/16th-inch socket. So, what I’m gonna do now is tighten up our
center bracket here. Now, you wanna make sure that you’re holding
it in place and tightening down the U-bolts evenly. And then we can go ahead and tighten up our
shocks after we’re finished with that. So, I’m gonna take the same 9/16th-inch socket
and tighten those down. So, now we can tighten down our shock bolts,
our dampener bolts, on the inside near this bracket. Now, the center bracket, or the cover plate,
here is angled back so I can’t put a socket in here and our tie rod is down at the bottom. So, I’m gonna have to use a ratcheting 19-millimeter
wrench and an open-ended 19-millimeter wrench. Last but not least, we’re gonna add our stickers
on to our shocks. So that’s gonna wrap it up for my review and
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