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Old May 14th, 2014, 11:03 AM
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Steering stabilizer for 109 designa chassis and RRC axles

I think it is time to explore this option to support my manual steering. Not sure how to approach getting a stabilizer that will work with my set up. Looks like the chassis is configured to bolt in but I am not sure about the rest of the steering set up. Any Recommendations on brand or even size?
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Old May 14th, 2014, 11:11 AM
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I would think you would want to go with (1) a disco steering stabilizer behind the front axle or (2) convert the drop arm to D90 style and run a D90 steering stabilizer.

If you don't offroad a lot, I would go with (1) as it will be basically free for the parts used.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 11:54 AM
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So this set-up from a Disco?
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And not this aside from any reason but the price?
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Old May 14th, 2014, 12:09 PM
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I would do the second choice (Defender damper to Disco tie rod conversion) if you are going off road.
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I would do the second choice (Defender damper to Disco tie rod conversion) if you are going off road.
Not sure how much off roading is in this old girl's future.
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I've been researching this. There are a number of generic kits for sale that I think will work just fine. I saw one on Amazon, its a Monroe steering stabilizer with a bunch of hardware (including what you need to attach to the drag link). This is the direction I plan on going.
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I've been researching this. There are a number of generic kits for sale that I think will work just fine. I saw one on Amazon, its a Monroe steering stabilizer with a bunch of hardware (including what you need to attach to the drag link). This is the direction I plan on going.
Can you share that link please?
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I don't like clamps on the drag link personally. Disco I is pictured as above would be best for street use.
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I don't like clamps on the drag link personally. Disco I is pictured as above would be best for street use.
Any reason why? I am going to sleeve a stock Disco cross link and then weld a bracket for the steering stabilizer. Should look cleaner than a clamp and I get to use TRE vs the dropdown ball joint that seems to rip rubber boots on the Defender setup.
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For street use, there is really no point to having a damper. It will just make the steering heavier. The only real use of one is for preventing the steering from snapping hard off road.
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Any reason why? I am going to sleeve a stock Disco cross link and then weld a bracket for the steering stabilizer. Should look cleaner than a clamp and I get to use TRE vs the dropdown ball joint that seems to rip rubber boots on the Defender setup.
Welding on makes fine adjustment of allignment tough. Maybe I am biased because I found they slipped, but I am not a fan of the clamps. I also am biased in favor of stock because that is just how I am.
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Little trick I learned from the rock WEROCK guys: put some locktite on the U-bolts that attach to the drag link. Seemed to help them with the early double ended hydro rams (originally they were smooth and sometimes would slide instead of move the wheels). I know it sounds like snake oil, but it made a huge difference.

I'll dig up the link when I get home.
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Welding on makes fine adjustment of allignment tough. Maybe I am biased because I found they slipped, but I am not a fan of the clamps. I also am biased in favor of stock because that is just how I am.
:smackshead: I didn't even think of that. I will sleeve it and make a bracket for it or get one of the RTE ones. I would usually just get a Defender one but have read that the Disco/TRE last longer. After replacing my drop arm link twice on my NAS I can see this being the case.

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For street use, there is really no point to having a damper. It will just make the steering heavier. The only real use of one is for preventing the steering from snapping hard off road.
Mmm, I may not run one after the build is done and am street testing it. Then just wait until I go off road.
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So this set-up from a Disco?
I am trying to identify the bracket on the right side of the stabilizer. Is that from a RRC or a disco?
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Never mind. Look what the magic parts bin contained!
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So this set-up from a Disco?
What length of stabilizer do you think this is? Definitely a Disco 1 right?
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Got it - LAND ROVER STEERING STABILIZER DAMPER STC786
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