I would like to start out by saying, that I don't work for Compliant (Ron), or have any stocks or holdings in his Company. And I am not here to try to promote, or sell you anything, but rather offer a opinion on a product.
I was selected by Compliant to test/evaluate his Attenuator in a unbiased fashion. Ron's exact words to me were, if you like it, then say why, but also if you don't then also say why. His reasoning was twofold. I have a extensive back ground in Mechanics and Supervision of same, plus I have owned Jeeps and UTV'S for most of my life. Also I currently have a 2013 JKR, factory stock short wheel base, with out any MODS. This was his preference for the evaluation.
Since Kjeeper10 has already shown you a picture of it, then let's get to the spec's:
The overall length is approx. 6". About the same as the original TB adjusting sleeve. The Cylinder Diameter is approx. 2.5", sleeve thickness approx. 1/8" and it weighs in at a hefty approx. 5 lbs.
WOW, this is one Rugged HD Built Attenuator!!!!!
Now for the install, which takes about one hour.
In my case, because of the stock factory wheel BS (Back Spacing) of 6.25, then it did require the removal of the passenger side tire/wheel. This was to access the TB mounting stud nut. Just loosen the nut. Next apply some downward pressure on the bar, and rap the knuckle with a hammer. Mine took two hits and the stud was loose. I sprayed the steering box link with WD40 and started to engage the Attenuator thread onto the link, but at the same time engaging the TB Threads to keep equal thread penetration. If you take you time on the adjustment, just until ball stud lines back up with the knuckle hole, then your steering wheel will stay in alignment.
Torque the DL nut to 63 ft lbs, the Attenuator clamps to 26 ft. lbs, and your wheel to 100 ft. lbs.
The install took about one hour, for this old guy.
Now for the road test. Please keep in mind, that I really didn't have any tire balance issues to start with. Mine have already been Road Forced!
I took it on a 80 mile round trip for Thanksgiving.
1. I noticed when changing lanes, that some of the sensitivity had been buffered out of it. It actually felt somewhat safer at high speeds. High speeds to my freeway driving is 70 to 75 MPH.
2. You could tell that the steering gear has been somewhat isolated from the steering linkage Vibrations. But since I didn't have a tire, or balance issue to start with, the improvement was minimal at best.
3. To visit one of my relatives, I have to travel over a washboard road. This is really a nasty road, that just doesn't get maintained.
The shaking in the steering wheel that I was so accustom too, was almost non-existing. Most of the harshness was absorbed and eliminated.
This is where the Attenuator really shines, with this major improvement!!!!!!
Let me tell you what it doesn't do.
1.It doesn't give you a better ride
2. It doesn't replace your worn out steering linkage, and the notorious weak link Ball Joints. Here you need to replace whatever is worn, and upgrade your Ball Joints to a HD grease-able type. I like Synergy.
3. It won't fix your tire balance issues. 35's, 37,s and 40,s should be Tire Trued, and RF (Road Forced) Balanced.
4. It will not fix your DW (Death Wobble). Number one (1) cause, TB bolts coming loose and elongating the mounting bracket holes. Weld washers to the mounting brackets and install 9/16" shouldered NF Grade 8 Bolts. On some of the newer models, you may have to stick with the 14MM, but make sure that it is a shouldered bolt.
In closing, the Attenuator performs in a excellent manner, as per it's advertisement.
It exceeded my expectations, and I am really excited to see such a quality product available for our Wranglers.
If I didn't have a test unit, would I purchase one? Yes I would, and it would already be on order!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for reading my lengthy review!
2013 Black JKR
The Wolf is not concerned, with the needs of the Hunter!
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Last edited by Big Dog; 12-09-2014 at 10:36 AM.