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Pock Heebs 05-31-2011 05:20 AM

New Steering Damper...worth it?
 
I have a 98 TJ 4 banger with 105k on it...my handling seems alright I guess but I want to add things and work on it myself bc I enjoy it(never cared about my last and first car- 1995 chevy s10)

Is this worth upgrading? I was thinking the OLd Man Emu bc eventually I think I want to add the OME 2" suspension

Thoughts??

KCrisp 05-31-2011 07:26 AM

Your stock steering damper is probably worn out. Even a Monroe replacement would make a noticeable difference; with no resistance the vehicle is harder to control when you, for example, have to make a rapid lane change. If you have as much trouble with the tapered pin as some of us, you may not enjoy this job much.

Pock Heebs 05-31-2011 07:54 AM

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Originally Posted by KCrisp
Your stock steering damper is probably worn out. Even a Monroe replacement would make a noticeable difference; with no resistance the vehicle is harder to control when you, for example, have to make a rapid lane change. If you have as much trouble with the tapered pin as some of us, you may not enjoy this job much.

How did the pin give you trouble? And what did you do to finally get the job done? Is a lift needed or just jack stands?

Shelby427 05-31-2011 08:28 AM

Changed ours on Sunday, 97, 137000, and was original.

Whoa boy did it make a difference. Used a Moog H/D. Before your could spin the wheel like there was nothing connected. Now you can feel it when you turn the wheel.
Like Pock Heebs said it's a world of difference.


No lift/jack/stands needed. Easy access. The pin can be a MAJOR PITA.
I've been a tech for over 30 years, doing a lot of front end work. Usually a couple of sharp raps on the drag link with a hammer will pop joints loose.

Not ours. It laughed at smacking the bar, using a pitman arm remover, a pickle fork, and a lot of not so nice words. Finally took a mapp torch and heated up the pin. POP, it jumped out on it's own.

The old shock would collapse under it's own weight when stood up right.

KCrisp 05-31-2011 09:11 AM

The pin issue is covered in one of my prior posts and I tried everything. Some people swear that if you hit it from the side with a big hammer it will come free. I tried that for many, many swings and it didn't work for me. I had to cut if off with a reciprocating saw then drill it out. Maybe you will get lucky. No jackstands needed, just a lot of patience.

vonHammer 05-31-2011 09:20 PM

Did the same as KCrisp. Had to lift one side on the frame to position the sawsall at the right angle. Drilled 1/4 pilot and then 1/2 final bore. Damper on and it is noght and day. Former Jeep dealer said that the tie-rod puts the bolt in compression under normal loading. If you jack up the frame and let the front axle hang, you will be successful with a hammer. Good luck.


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