DST Installs a Steering Stabilizer on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler JK
The DST team got the chance to install a Daystar Steering Stabilizer on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler JK so we picked up our tool box (and camera) and got to work. This article will chronicle our journey from stock steering stabilizer to Daystar steering damper, from start to finish.
(Especially if you aren’t taking pictures every two seconds)
Here is a view of the stock steering stabilizer just waiting to be replaced. The stock stabilizer does a fine job of absorbing a lot of the vibrations from the road to the steering wheel but there is always room for some improvement. Also the price of this steering stabilizer is so reasonable that no one will make fun of you if you buy it just for the flashy white color that contrasts with all the black under your Jeep.
Prep: Greasing and Pressing the Poly Bushings
This Daystar kit comes with two polyurethane bushings that have to be greased and pressed into the housings at each end of the steering stabilizer. The poly bushings will last much longer than their rubber counterparts but make sure to use the grease (that comes with the kit) when installing to eliminate any chance of squeaking. We used a small hand press and the bushings went in very smoothly.
Greasing the Poly Bushing
Greasing the Housing
Pressing in the Bushing
Here’s the steering stabilizer with the polyurethane bushings installed. Not pictured was the greasing of the metal sleeve and pushing it into the bushing. With these preparation steps out of the way we grabbed our wrenches and really got our hands dirty.
Removal of Original Steering Stabilizer
Room for Improvement
We used a set of wrenches and a socket set to uninstall the original steering stabilizer. The original still seems to be in good shape but this 2012 Jeep JK was recently purchased and hasn’t seen a ton of off-road use, which will wear the rubber bushing down over time. If you are planning on a lot of off-road adventures polyurethane bushings will make the ride stiffer but last a lot longer.
Installation of Daystar Steering Stabilizer
Two Wrenches are Better than One
We tried several different tools to remove the old steering stabilizer and install the new one, including a wrench and a socket, two wrenches, and even a wrench and a pair of channel locks. Our experience taking the original steering stabilizer off taught us that using two wrenches works better for the passenger side bolts than the other methods. On the driver side a socket worked best. We hand tightened the passenger side connection and then moved to the driver’s side. With both ends of the stabilizer secured we then tightened both sides down to 50 ft-lbs, which are the torque specs for this 2012 Jeep Wrangler JK.
Tips and Hints
Keeping the Stabilizer Dry
Off-roading is what Jeeps do and that often includes a little bit of moisture. To keep that water from building up against the metal components of the steering stabilizer the shock boot has drain holes to drain off water that could become trapped inside.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you install the new steering stabilizer under the bracket instead of on top. This may seem like common sense but if you have to set the project aside in the middle it could be forgotten.
Keeping the Shock Boot in place
Use the zip tie that comes with the kit to secure the shock boot once you have it in place. This will keep the boot from being moved around and exposing the arm of the steering stabilizer to the elements.
That’s it Folks!
We hope you found this installation of a Daystar Steering Stabilizer on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler JK helpful. If anyone else has DIYed this pretty simple bolt on part, please share any of your own tips or tricks in the comments section that might make the project easier for the next person.
From us here at DST, ride smooth and drive hard!