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Old 01-13-2012, 06:55 AM
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steering Stabilizer-Average Life?

What's the average usable life of a steering stabilizer?

I have a 2008 250 CCSB with about 51k miles on it. I can feel every bump in my steering wheel and get some serious death wobble. My truck has a 6" lift with the trac bar drop bracket and I think its flipped too. It looks parallel to my drag link.

I think its coming from one of three or a combination of things:
1.) bad trac bar ball joints
2.) blown stabilizer cylinders
3.) trac bar is out of whack with drag link

what do you think is the best thing to do? I dont really know who can tell me honestly what the first thing to fix would be asides from just replacing items and seeing if it gets better. Anyone have any suggestions on the best way forward?
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Pat
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:11 AM
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Re-torque EVERYTHING to proper specs and ensure all cotter pins are in place, then re-examine. Most of my suspension issues were traced back to this. Well, all but those ball joints. Who knew jumping a 6.0 was a bad idea at best??? I have never needed a stabilizer, and I ran 365/65-16 Toyo ATs (14.5X34.5) for 3 years when Toyo quit making them.
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:36 PM
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You shouldn't even need a stabilizer. A good stabilizer just masks whatever problem you have.

I am thinking track bar related with your lift kit...
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:29 PM
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trac bar is the cheaper of the two options..... i like that answer. any idea where I can find the torque specs for the front end (apologize if thats a stupid question) and more importantly what specifically needs to be re-torqued?
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My trac bar was loose, too. We popped it out on top to retorque the drop bracket bolts too. No specs, a 1/2 in drive, and a pipe, same with the re-installed trac bar. The lower trac bar is 400~500ft lbs, no joke. I doubt it was removed. Then tighten both ends of your trailing arms. I don't know if there is a clamp holding in the coil, but same thing. Check the drag link at the steering arm (COTTER PIN!), check the steering arm bolt.

Sorry about not having torque numbers, but this is how we did it on mine and it is rolling fine.

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Old 01-16-2012, 02:16 PM
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ok guys-click on my name and look in my gallery. I uploaded a pic of my draglink vs. trac bar angles.

What do you think? Is it time for an adjustable trac bar to get parallel?
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