Review : Fox ATS 2.0 steering stabilizer

Big John Son

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I will preface by saying I wouldn't normally review a product that I have only used for 1 hour, but this one was easy to praise!

I replaced my stock steering stabilizer today with this drop in direct replacement and drove home on my 1 hour commute. Instant gratification!

Problem - I don't have a ton of experience with Mud Terrain Tires and when I installed my Toyo MT's with only 1000 miles on the odometer, I noticed right away they were tracking better than the stock Duratracs, but I was never really satisfied with the manners my truck had at 75 to 85 mph. I felt that something just wasn't right, my truck at times on certain road conditions would wander a bit. It never pulled one direction or the other - it just made me feel like I always had to make slight counter steer inputs at those speeds to maintain the middle of my lane. Always felt like I had to be extremely alert because the truck might wander away into the lane next to me. I was really wondering if my tire pressure was not right, or if my wheel balancing might have been off slightly. I got the fox steering stabilizer installed while at work today. I got the truck back and adjusted the dampening screw 15 clicks from fully open (counter clockwise) and took it for a spin on a 25mph residential road that was extremely rough with potholes everywhere. It felt great compared to stock, steering was a little tighter, but it dramatically cut down bump steer to almost nothing. The real test was gonna be heading home on the parkway at 80mph. I got on 287 switched lanes around 65mph and was again impressed with how smooth the steering reacted to a lane change. I hopped on the parkway and got up to 80mph and drove about 10 miles waiting for my truck to wander. Went 85mph drove another 20 miles and was still waiting for it to wander. I finally got to the dunkin donuts down the street from my house pulled in over the normal bump in the pavement that jerks my steering wheel a bit. Hmmm this shits rock solid! The last 1/2 mile before entering my driveway is a posted 35mph - I was doing 40 and couldn't get the smile off my face, realizing at that point, it doesn't seem to matter what speed or what the road conditions are, this is a genuine marked improvement in handling and feel over the stock stabilizer hands down!
 
I will preface by saying I wouldn't normally review a product that I have only used for 1 hour, but this one was easy to praise!

I replaced my stock steering stabilizer today with this drop in direct replacement and drove home on my 1 hour commute. Instant gratification!

Problem - I don't have a ton of experience with Mud Terrain Tires and when I installed my Toyo MT's with only 1000 miles on the odometer, I noticed right away they were tracking better than the stock Duratracs, but I was never really satisfied with the manners my truck had at 75 to 85 mph. I felt that something just wasn't right, my truck at times on certain road conditions would wander a bit. It never pulled one direction or the other - it just made me feel like I always had to make slight counter steer inputs at those speeds to maintain the middle of my lane. Always felt like I had to be extremely alert because the truck might wander away into the lane next to me. I was really wondering if my tire pressure was not right, or if my wheel balancing might have been off slightly. I got the fox steering stabilizer installed while at work today. I got the truck back and adjusted the dampening screw 15 clicks from fully open (counter clockwise) and took it for a spin on a 25mph residential road that was extremely rough with potholes everywhere. It felt great compared to stock, steering was a little tighter, but it dramatically cut down bump steer to almost nothing. The real test was gonna be heading home on the parkway at 80mph. I got on 287 switched lanes around 65mph and was again impressed with how smooth the steering reacted to a lane change. I hopped on the parkway and got up to 80mph and drove about 10 miles waiting for my truck to wander. Went 85mph drove another 20 miles and was still waiting for it to wander. I finally got to the dunkin donuts down the street from my house pulled in over the normal bump in the pavement that jerks my steering wheel a bit. Hmmm this shits rock solid! The last 1/2 mile before entering my driveway is a posted 35mph - I was doing 40 and couldn't get the smile off my face, realizing at that point, it doesn't seem to matter what speed or what the road conditions are, this is a genuine marked improvement in handling and feel over the stock stabilizer hands down!
Can I ask the part number, and who you bought it through?
 
I will preface by saying I wouldn't normally review a product that I have only used for 1 hour, but this one was easy to praise!

I replaced my stock steering stabilizer today with this drop in direct replacement and drove home on my 1 hour commute. Instant gratification!

Problem - I don't have a ton of experience with Mud Terrain Tires and when I installed my Toyo MT's with only 1000 miles on the odometer, I noticed right away they were tracking better than the stock Duratracs, but I was never really satisfied with the manners my truck had at 75 to 85 mph. I felt that something just wasn't right, my truck at times on certain road conditions would wander a bit. It never pulled one direction or the other - it just made me feel like I always had to make slight counter steer inputs at those speeds to maintain the middle of my lane. Always felt like I had to be extremely alert because the truck might wander away into the lane next to me. I was really wondering if my tire pressure was not right, or if my wheel balancing might have been off slightly. I got the fox steering stabilizer installed while at work today. I got the truck back and adjusted the dampening screw 15 clicks from fully open (counter clockwise) and took it for a spin on a 25mph residential road that was extremely rough with potholes everywhere. It felt great compared to stock, steering was a little tighter, but it dramatically cut down bump steer to almost nothing. The real test was gonna be heading home on the parkway at 80mph. I got on 287 switched lanes around 65mph and was again impressed with how smooth the steering reacted to a lane change. I hopped on the parkway and got up to 80mph and drove about 10 miles waiting for my truck to wander. Went 85mph drove another 20 miles and was still waiting for it to wander. I finally got to the dunkin donuts down the street from my house pulled in over the normal bump in the pavement that jerks my steering wheel a bit. Hmmm this shits rock solid! The last 1/2 mile before entering my driveway is a posted 35mph - I was doing 40 and couldn't get the smile off my face, realizing at that point, it doesn't seem to matter what speed or what the road conditions are, this is a genuine marked improvement in handling and feel over the stock stabilizer hands down!
Awesome news. I ordered the PMF with Fox dampeners for the same reasons you described.

MB
 
Can I ask the part number, and who you bought it through?
I got it through Summit Racing


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I put this one in for a stock replacement and it’s way better than stock and cheap. Part # 985-24-001 on eBay.

 
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did you you install anything else or just direct bolt up? I know the “lift” on the Tremor isn’t much but it’s taller than non Tremor. I’ve been looking at these as well, I had one on my 2019 (which I should have taken off) and liked it very much.

Fox says
“Fits 0" Lift Only | Requires drop bracket for leveling lift“
 
did you you install anything else or just direct bolt up? I know the “lift” on the Tremor isn’t much but it’s taller than non Tremor. I’ve been looking at these as well, I had one on my 2019 (which I should have taken off) and liked it very much.

Fox says
“Fits 0" Lift Only | Requires drop bracket for leveling lift“
It says it's a direct replacement for the factory stabilizer and ford didn't add any drop bracket for the factory stabilizer on the Tremor. I didn't use a drop bracket and don't feel it's needed on the Tremor. This one sits in the same exact location as factory. The only difference is instead of being through bolted to the drag link it's clamped. It appears to be on the same angle the factory stabilizer was. If I were to use a drop bracket, it would not sit the same as the factory stabilizer (as it does now).
 
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I have the PMF (dual ) kit on order with the FOX shocks. I just installed a similar system on my Jeep and it made a huge difference. It has larger tires and with 30,000 miles the tie rods have a slight amount of wear. So I am having those replaced. My alignment guy seems to think with the larger tires the use of a dual steering stabilizer will help increase the life of the tie rods. since I have larger tires on the Tremor seems legit. I did fair amount of study on it and I believe the dual is the best way to go. Lots of options out there and lots of shock options. Please note some kits require more lift than the stock Tremor has.
 
It says it's a direct replacement for the factory stabilizer and ford didn't add any drop bracket for the factory stabilizer on the Tremor. I didn't use a drop bracket and don't feel it's needed on the Tremor. This one sits in the same exact location as factory. The only difference is instead of being through bolted to the drag link it's clamped. It appears to be on the same angle the factory stabilizer was. If I were to use a drop bracket, it would not sit the same as the factory stabilizer (as it does now).
I'm just about ready to order the Fox ATS and my Tremor has a Ready Lift 2.5" leveling kit. Will I still be using that same unit that you have listed? Thanks a bunch, Mike
 
I'm just about ready to order the Fox ATS and my Tremor has a Ready Lift 2.5" leveling kit. Will I still be using that same unit that you have listed? Thanks a bunch, Mike
If your stock steering stabilizer works fine with the 2.5 Ready Lift than the Fox ATS should work just fine too.

If you look closely at this pic you can see the through hole to the right of the clamp where the stock stabilizer was mounted. Not much difference with the clamp.

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