Best Steering Stabilizer for Jeep JK Wrangler

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by | Car Style, Suspension

Off-road adventures come at a price. If extreme terrain has turned your Jeep into a wobbly mess, it’s time to consider plugging a steering stabilizer down the front.

I mean, even if you’re not playing in the mud, a damper will lead to comfortable highway driving too.

Frankly, there are a lot of misconceptions about stabilizers. There’s also a lot of cheap crap. Here’s a no-bullshit list of the best steering stabilizers for Jeep JK:

  • Overall value: TeraFlex 9550 VSS. Tough enough for the off-road, highway-friendly too.
  • Premium pick: Old Man Emu. Better compression, 9-stage valving, and more oil capacity.
  • Budget option: Monroe Magnum. A very cheap, basic damper for highways/commuting.
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TeraFlex 9550 VSS
  • Great for standard off-road adventures with a JK.
  • Integrated dust shield protects from sand, dust, debris & salt.
  • Works very well with modded Wranglers.
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Old Man Emu
  • Increased oil capacity for supreme damping.
  • Multi-lip seal prevents oil loss to accommodate the larger capacity.
  • Advanced 9-stage coil spring valving for improved performance.
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Monroe Magnum
  • Standard twin-tube damper for highway driving.
  • All-weather fluid & self-lubricating fluid seal for optimized smoothness.
  • Insufficient for modded vehicles or true off-road adventures.
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➥➥ What about dual damper options? ➥➥

I’ll be frank with you: you don’t need one. Not for Jeep, at least. Duals look kickass, but in probably 98% of the cases, you can do well enough with a single damper.

In case you still want a kit, go either Bilstein or Skyjacker. The latter is better value, as you get all the needed hardware included:

Skyjacker Dual Stabilizer Kit

Standard performance dual stabilizer kit for off-road/on-road JK. Comes with the needed hardware.

In any case, let’s head over to the reviews. I don’t like recommending products without properly explaining why they were included as top picks.

Wondering why I don’t include the FOX stabilizers here? There’s nothing wrong with them, but I feel they’re a bit overpriced if you don’t want to flex, to be honest.

My friend has one of FOX’s 2.0 dampers and it’s awesome, though:

Fox steering stabilizer for Jeep JK. The older Fox (not 2.0)

The price-to-quality winner:
Teraflex 9550 VSS

TeraFlex steering stabilizer for Jeep JK Wrangler.

Fits: All 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK (2-door) and JK Unlimited (4-door)

TeraFlex isn’t new to higher-end Jeep suspension parts, and I guess you aren’t new to TeraFlex either. The 9550 VSS stabilizer is the brand’s best value damper option for the JK Wrangler.

At a glance, this looks like a typical black-painted steering stabilizer.

Beneath the mundane looks, though, lie several layers of chrome-plated toughness. The coating, paired with the damper’s induction-hardened design allows for 100% extreme terrain readiness.

Even abrasive agents such as dirt, gravel, or pebbles will have their impact reduced by how the 9550 VSS damper is manufactured. And this matters, because otherwise, you’d have to swap the damper in a year or two.

The cherry on top is an integrated dust shield. Off-roading means sand, and, depending on your location, quite a bit of salt too. These can corrode any steering stabilizer, but the TeraFlex will stay resistant to such obstacles.

One extra reason I’m putting TeraFlex 9550 VSS as the best value is its versatility. You can both use it as an OEM substitute on stock-height vehicles or plug it in as a stabilizer in your fully modded Jeep JK.

At a more than decent price, too, this is a fantastic solution to any shimmy or wobble issues your Wrangler suffers from.

A more premium take:
Old Man Emu OMESD48

Old Man Emu - the premium steering damper option for JK Wrangler Unlimited or 2-door.

Fits: All 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK (2-door) and 2007-2018 JK Unlimited (4-door)

Old Man Emu is a classic in the higher Jeep JK aftermarket parts segment. Aside from the trademark yellow looks, this steering stabilizer offers several enhanced features I’d like to discuss.

A note first: You might need an extra relocation bracket to install the steering damper on some Jeep applications. The part number is FK50 –  it’s this bracket.

With this out of the way, let’s talk about why this option is more expensive than its competitors.

Arguably, the biggest improvement is the larger-sized 35mm piston, as well as the bore. This allows for increased oil capacity inside the damper. This, in turn, leads to better smoothing of any wobble/side-to-side movement issues your JK suffers from.

The oil enhancement wouldn’t mean squat if there wasn’t a way to protect it. Old Man Emu has reinforced the capacity by including a multi-lip seal which prevents oil loss, though.

Performance-wise, we’re talking about an off-road beast because of the intelligent 9-stage coil spring valving too. This is a cut above any value steering stabilizer (value models = two-digit price point).

The only thing I don’t dig much about Old Man Emu is the rubber dust boot. You’ll find similar in Ranchos, which are way cheaper.

I wish for the price, OME would’ve included a higher-end design to protect against pebbles, gravel, or sand. Maybe something like what TeraFlex has designed.

In any other regard, though, this steering stabilizer for Jeep JK Wrangler offers unmatched performance and anti-wobble action.

For those on a budget:
Monroe Magnum

Monroe Magnum - the best cheap steering stabilizer for Jeep JK.

Fits: All 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK (2-door) and 2007-2018 JK Unlimited (4-door)

Monroe isn’t unfamiliar to any person who has dealt with suspension replacement parts. Frankly, when we’re talking about off-road vehicles/trucks, the brand’s steering stabilizers are a very budgety pick.

If you intend to drive your Jeep JK on highways or just commute with it, does ultra-performance matter, though?

All those extra features with the TeraFlex or Old Man Emu probably don’t mean much to you. Instead, you want something cheap that will still help with the dreaded wobble or shimmy issues.

In this case, a Monroe Magnum makes perfect sense.

I’ll say it: this is a pretty boring steering stabilizer. It’s fully painted black, with no cool logos or graphic design on it.

Feature-wise, though, it offers more than decent things for its price. One of the more important ones is the self-lubricating fluid seal. Much like Old Man Emu’s more advanced option, Monroe’s seal also helps retain gas.

Body-wise, this is a standard budget twin-tube steering stabilizer. It follows the Gas Magnum suspension fundamentals down to the T. The rod is slightly smaller. It’s also only nitrocarburized, compared to the reinforced manufacture in higher-priced dampers.

The all-weather fluid present is a nice touch too. Your JK will have a smooth reaction and balanced friction performance while commuting.

There’s nothing too spectacular about this Jeep JK steering stabilizer. It’s dull and mundane, but for a highway driver, it’s a much-needed OEM replacement in the case of road wobble.

Best dual steering stabilizer for Jeep JK

As I pointed out earlier, you really don’t need dual dampers. Neither for JK nor for its predecessor TJ.

Jeep is an optimized vehicle when it comes to this particular suspension factor. A single steering stabilizer will help out perfectly (that’s why you had only one as an OEM too).

Do dual steering stabilizers look cool? Yes, they do. I wouldn’t pay the extra for that, but if you do, here are some options:

Out of these, I recommend Skyjacker the most. The price is fair, and you get all the hardware included with the dual steering dampers.

With the needed hardware, Bilstein 5100s can run almost twice the price. Rough Country is more of a budget option, and their N3 dampers aren’t as durable or as performance optimized as Skyjacker.

Hence, the Skyjackers would be my honest recommendation.

Skyjacker Dual Stabilizer Kit

Standard performance dual stabilizer kit for off-road/on-road JK. Comes with the needed hardware.

This particular stabilizer kit is based on the BlackMax shocks which I’ve discussed in my Skyjacker vs Rough Country post.

If you can find a Skyjacker 9100 stabilizer, it might be an even better option, like a cheaper Bilstein 5100.


Much like with the TJ, JK Wrangler owners are lucky.

First, JK comes with an OEM steering stabilizer. You already have the basic hardware put in place – which speeds up and eases any replacement work you have to do.

This is something that particular brands like GMC stopped doing 10 years ago. Not only this, but unlike bigger trucks you also don’t have to run a dual damper setup.

I believe the picks included in this post cover a variety of needs and preferences among the Jeep owner community.

What is the best steering stabilizer for Jeep JK? We look at the top choice dampers for Wrangler.

As I said, some people roam around extreme terrain all the time with their Jeep. For others, it’s just a means to commute or enjoy highway cruising.

Whatever your preferred ride is, I wish you zero wobble and proper-damped drives.

Let me know which stabilizer you decided to get…and what your experience is riding with it.

Furthermore, if you’ve encountered any issues with your spark plugs, I’ve got you covered. Check out my guide to the 3.6L Pentastar firing order – the engine ran by many third-gen Wranglers from 2013 onwards.