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Old 10-18-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Steering stabilizer

Is this http://m.autozone.com/autozone-mobil...Z8oxi5?id=8690 steering damper any good? I heard they are all the same so i cant justify to myself to spend 100$ on an OME one
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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You usually get what you pay for. I am still running the cheap one that came with a lift kit no issues. I am sure the expesnive one has more quality. I can't tell any difference on the trail.

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Old 10-18-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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I just installed a basic one from a local parts store. Cause I was starting to get a death wobble. .. but if I do a 2 inch lift I will get a new one Red , white . Just for show. .. my 2 €
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #4
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If you're getting death wobble, you have a steering or suspension part wearing out. Tie rods, ball joints, unit bearings, unbalanced tires, etc. A steering stabilizer will just mask the problem.

Find out whats going bad before it gets worse.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:27 AM   #5
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If you're getting death wobble, you have a steering or suspension part wearing out. Tie rods, ball joints, unit bearings, unbalanced tires, etc. A steering stabilizer will just mask the problem.

Find out whats going bad before it gets worse.
NOT Necessecarilly. I owned a F-150 that had 20k on it , I installed larger tires on it and suddenly had a death wobble. I inspected the front end (i am an auto tech) and couldnt find anything wrong. Took it to 2 shops same results. Then I took it to Ford and the front end man looked at it, found nothing wrong but sugessted I get a steering stabilizer. I installed one and the death wobble went away. I guess that is why some 4x4s come from the factory with one.
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NOT Necessecarilly. I owned a F-150 that had 20k on it , I installed larger tires on it and suddenly had a death wobble. I inspected the front end (i am an auto tech) and couldnt find anything wrong. Took it to 2 shops same results. Then I took it to Ford and the front end man looked at it, found nothing wrong but sugessted I get a steering stabilizer. I installed one and the death wobble went away. I guess that is why some 4x4s come from the factory with one.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:02 PM   #7
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NOT Necessecarilly. I owned a F-150 that had 20k on it , I installed larger tires on it and suddenly had a death wobble. I inspected the front end (i am an auto tech) and couldnt find anything wrong. Took it to 2 shops same results. Then I took it to Ford and the front end man looked at it, found nothing wrong but sugessted I get a steering stabilizer. I installed one and the death wobble went away. I guess that is why some 4x4s come from the factory with one.
so it masked a problem that neither you nor your two mechanics found.

I am not making a jab at you, wobbles can be a bitch to diagnose.

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here you go, kill 2 birds with one stone for $60
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so it masked a problem that neither you nor your two mechanics found.

I am not making a jab at you, wobbles can be a bitch to diagnose.

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here you go, kill 2 birds with one stone for $60
It didnt mask any thing, My self, 2 different shops and the dealer inspected this 20,000 mile truck. There was NO wear on anything, alignment, wheel balance,and bearings were A-1.You are correct that death wobbles can be a B---- to diagnose but as described to me by a Ford engineer "Whenever some one tries to redesign something we spent MILLIONS of dollars designing these things happen".Death wobble is a harmonic vibration caused by bad suspension components OR modifications that change the original design. If you read my original posting you would have seen that.
BTW this aint my first rodeo.
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It didnt mask any thing, My self, 2 different shops and the dealer inspected this 20,000 mile truck. There was NO wear on anything, alignment, wheel balance,and bearings were A-1.You are correct that death wobbles can be a B---- to diagnose but as described to me by a Ford engineer "Whenever some one tries to redesign something we spent MILLIONS of dollars designing these things happen".Death wobble is a harmonic vibration caused by bad suspension components OR modifications that change the original design. If you read my original posting you would have seen that.
BTW this aint my first rodeo.
The stabilizer masked it. Sorry, but the mechanics just couldn't find the real problem.

A steering stabilizer isn't there for death wobble, it was installed from the factory to dampen any sudden impacts to the front tires (such as running up a curb, hitting a pot hole, etc). Keeps the sudden shocks from traveling directly to the steering wheel and helping the driver maintain control by reducing the impacts' tendency to spin the wheel to full lock.

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