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When are dual steering stabilizers necessary?

So my 04 Ex came with a 3.5" Fabtech lift and a dual (opposing) steering stabilizer setup, but the two shocks are in bad shape. I was thinking about replacing, but are they even needed? Other than the typical "take them off and try it without them" which I will more than likely try, at what point is a stabilizer or duals necessary? Is it really necessary with only 3.5" and 325/65/18's? I guess part of it could depend on how it rides and drives, but was curious if there was "a point" where they were needed. I guess part of me is stuck in 1/2 ton world where sometimes excessive stabilizer "pressure" could cause problems making the steering box lossen up from the frame or wallow out the holes.

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I wouldn't say they are necessary.....but they definitely do help (especially the nitrogen charged shocks instead of hydraulic).
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i have the same question...my truck is lifted with 37s...my truck was neglected from the factory to even have one...should i go dual or single??

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Dual opposing nitrogen charged stabilizers is the best way to go, IMO.
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i have the same question...my truck is lifted with 37s...my truck was neglected from the factory to even have one...should i go dual or single??
Answering my own question maybe, I think it depends on how your truck drives. Does it ever pull to a side and surprise you? Do the tires "guide" the steering wheel? Is it difficult to control?

I am thinking once I replce my worn out shocks (normal, not stabilizer) I will see how it drives and see if it really needs it. I had a 1/2 ton 84 Diesel suburban lifted 4" with springs, and running 35/12.50 tires and it kind of did its own thing without a stabilizer. I put a single on because I had heard of issues at the steering box.

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Dual opposing nitrogen charged stabilizers is the best way to go, IMO.
Do you happen to know if the Fabtechs are nitrogen? Is that common, or is it the exception being nitrogen?

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Fabtech white body shocks are not nitrogen charged. Not sure on the Dirt Logic.

Icon and Bilstein are generally what we use for a 2.0" diameter nitrogen charged stabilizer shock.
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I am putting Bilsteins the rest of the way around so might have to look into them for the dual stabilizer as well. Need to figure out which ones fit the kit I guess. Hmmm...

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With a few measurements off of your kit or off of the stabilizers (if you remove them) we could figure out what would be the correct Bilstein for your application.
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With a few measurements off of your kit or off of the stabilizers (if you remove them) we could figure out what would be the correct Bilstein for your application.
Will take you up on that once I get the shocks on and stabilizers off. Will be a few days before the shocks come in.

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