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post #1 of 14 Old 11-14-2011, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Driver's side steering stabilizer mount

I ran into a hiccup with the aftermarket drag link I am running, it's intention is to be run on a drag-link flip setup more-so than stock. It caused interference with any off the shelf stabilizer relocation bracket and it was suggested the factory location for the stabilizer should be used.

Not quite content with that I drew up a little mount in autocad and whipped a mount up with my limited skills to run the stabilizer on the driver's side.

It's more or less like this, the changes were with the supporting "gusset", it was a rough drawing and definitely needed fine tuning before burning it in. Ended up running a .4375" hole for the stabilizer, the notch for the spring mount is more like .750" deep as well.



It's 3/16" plate, clears the tie rod by plenty throughout it's sweep. Trail tested it the other night and my novice welding seems to do fine (doesn't take much for a stabilizer mount). Whats funny is I have never actually hit the factory stabilizer mount tabs until I went out two days ago. They're mangled now!



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And yes my sway bar links are a tad too short, don't bind...but I'll be working on that.




It's just something a little different, if anyone is having clearance problems with the passenger's side mounts.

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Do you mind posting a pic of the problem area on the passenger side.

I do not see any problem at all with what you did. I'm just curious.

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Great idea !!! thanks for posting this up, i have the same problem and it got even worse when I did the SS shock relocation mount ... thanks again

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Do you mind posting a pic of the problem area on the passenger side.

I do not see any problem at all with what you did. I'm just curious.
I don't have any pics exactly at the moment. But basically the drag link is straight off the knuckle, where-as the stock has a bend in it. It'll work just fine with a drag-link flip, but gets in the way when it is not.

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Great idea !!! thanks for posting this up, i have the same problem and it got even worse when I did the SS shock relocation mount ... thanks again
No problemo, the intention was to maybe spark some different ways to work with it if need be. I have a CAD version of the actual mount that will print in 1:1 scale if you need it. The "gusset" isn't worth using in the drawing.

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Clearer pic.



It's been on and wheeled a few times since November. No troubles!

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Looks good.! what is the thickness of the plate..? i was considering this idea on a right hand drive jeep i am working on...
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Looks good.! what is the thickness of the plate..? i was considering this idea on a right hand drive jeep i am working on...
3/16" plate. The actual dimensions will be a little different and the placement of the tube, depending on the tie rod it has on it. I've run this on mine and did another one for someone else..so far so good.

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Finally was able to take care of this today. Drove over to a friends house who has an old millermatic and burned er on.....

Clearance is fine. I didnt think I was going to be able to do it with the stock tie rod due to the adjusting collar clamp being in the way when turned full lock passenger, so I pulled it off, reoriented it in the forward position and pressed it back together with a channel lock.

Not the prettiest welds, but it will do
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Cool, may want to flip the bolt the other way for a little more clearance.

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Cool, may want to flip the bolt the other way for a little more clearance.
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Goody

Did you notice your rig pushing to the right following the relocation of the SS to the driver side?

Whenever I put mine on (driver side), my rig pushes right. But when I have it mounted in the traditional location, it drives fine.

Im thinking of adding a little cross caster to the passenger side to counter it but I wanted to see if you experienced what I am as well. Thanks..

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Did you notice your rig pushing to the right following the relocation of the SS to the driver side?

Whenever I put mine on (driver side), my rig pushes right. But when I have it mounted in the traditional location, it drives fine.

Im thinking of adding a little cross caster to the passenger side to counter it but I wanted to see if you experienced what I am as well. Thanks..
No, the SS mount isn't going to cause any sort of push or pull. You do have a Bilstein SS, which has the reputation for causing pulls by itself, due to being charged.

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No, the SS mount isn't going to cause any sort of push or pull. You do have a Bilstein SS, which has the reputation for causing pulls by itself, due to being charged.
Yeah for sure. Makes sense that if its mounted on the passenger side it would push left, driver side, push right

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I may have to do this, it is just so crowded over there on the passenger side!
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