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Old 03-19-2010, 09:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since my shocks are blown, I'm assuming the stock stabilizer ain't much good neither. In looking around, I see a lot of kits, complete with mounting brackets. The '87 already has a stabilizer and there are already mounts.

Why do I need a kit? I can just use an OEM replacement, right?
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a better option... try an OME (Old Man Emu) replacement.



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Why do I need a kit? I can just use an OEM replacement, right?
On my stock steering setup I just installed a new stabilizer in the stock location. When I switched to power steering, the pitman arm did not have the holes for the bracket so I added the "kit".
I went with the kit towards the bottom of the page :
Suspension - PetroWorks
kinda expensive but super simple bolt on with the brackets they provided.
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I've had the Gabriel Silver-E damper on my steering for at least 10 years now. The aftermarket stabilizers are great and will last you forever on this little rig.
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when I installed my aftermarket one I just left the OEM on... I figure two are better than one... if you look how the aftermarket ones mount it kinda seems better.
They are a must with larger rubber.
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One thing to watch out for folks...
When I first started lifting my Zook I installed a nice Rancho stab kit on the front axle. It looked great and handled well on the road and light trails. When I started doing more technical rock crawling trails I found out really quick that anything on the axle housing will get wacked at the worst times. I destroyed 2 different stab units before I got smart and went with the OME replacement unit. I have also added axle gussets and pumpkin caps for the same reason.

Bottom line - they look and work great until you get into something rough...
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One thing to watch out for folks...
I'm not lifting mine past the OME (famous last words?? ) but that's the kind of thing I wanted to know.

Don't have big rubber either- just 215/75's. I'm into this thing for the gas mileage mostly. For me, it's an ATV with a place to get in out of the wind. And the ATV is a faster horse that doesn't get tired and can carry more tools. The horse beats walking. Walking beats sitting there waiting for help to come pull the Zuke out of the mud...wait a minute...
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like bills sig says... rocks don't forgive. I don't crawl on rocks so I don't have to worry about armor and such. If and when I do take up rock crawling.. I'm going to learn to weld first...
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Yea, they may get beat the crap out of but I would rather replace a shock (thats all it is) than take a direct hit on the axle housing. (well, it will still get hit but at least you know it's coming)
I use the shock as a early warning system.
I used to get all good stuff - brand name but after bashing a few I just went with the cheaper stuff. They would last about the same amount of time. One big or three small - rocks that is.

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You can grab a cheap 4000lb come-a-long - all of $20 at:
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or a 8000lb for $30
Don't forget to dig your spare out before you leave! I've _never_ done that.
Some people use a boat anchor...
I just finally just put a 8000 Ramsey on the front and never got stuck again. (it's how things work...)

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Yea, they may get beat the crap out of but I would rather replace a shock (thats all it is) than take a direct hit on the axle housing. (well, it will still get hit but at least you know it's coming)
I use the shock as a early warning system.
I'm sorry, but I have to disagree - from personal experiance.
The second time I trashed the Rancho, it bent the shock rod while fully extended. This meant that the steering was stuck full lock to the right -pointing into a rock wall. I also had no way to back out without turning the thing over. The only way to get off the obstacle was to go underneath and remove the stab while being held in place... not a great day.

It is much cheaper protection to just add a good gusset and pumpkin cap. I hate replacing parts for no reason.

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