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Old January 19th, 2018, 03:22 PM
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Bilstein Damper Still an Issue

Is it still true that the Bilstein damper is pre-loaded and too aggressive?
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Old January 19th, 2018, 03:40 PM
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Shocks or steering damper?
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Old January 19th, 2018, 03:43 PM
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I run a spring loaded return to center steering damper, works fine. I can't imagine the bilstien is remotely as strong
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Old January 19th, 2018, 07:05 PM
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Old January 19th, 2018, 07:21 PM
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any non-pressurized shock will work, I use OME. really there is no need for one as more times one is masking a steering/suspension fault.

Return to centre spring??
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Old January 19th, 2018, 07:36 PM
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When ECR put Bilseins shocks on my NAS 90 the said the Bilstein steering stabilizer didn't work well on the Defender and used an OME. I didn't get the details of why that was.
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Really. Just use a stock one. There is nothing to be gained by spending more.
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Old January 19th, 2018, 07:48 PM
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any non-pressurized shock will work, I use OME. really there is no need for one as more times one is masking a steering/suspension fault.

Return to centre spring??
https://goo.gl/images/G1hkyE

Some people really dislike them, and yes they can mask an issue. My truck is nearly 100% new from the axle tube flange out... This damper definitely helps move my 35s back to center. When I go higher and replace my radius arms I probably won't need it anymore. At this point I'm at about 1 degree negative caster but it's very tolerable.


I'd say for a stock or close to it truck anything would work well. I just installed a ome from a local friend and it went in smoothly and works great!
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Old January 19th, 2018, 07:57 PM
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We've sold 304 since 2012, 4 have been returned. 3 of them were not needed, the other was "part not as expected". That could mean the person didn't like it, it's hard to say.
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We've sold 304 since 2012, 4 have been returned. 3 of them were not needed, the other was "part not as expected". That could mean the person didn't like it, it's hard to say.
I heard from Scott today that the Terrafirma might even be a better option. Thoughts?
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Old January 19th, 2018, 08:18 PM
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The TF was fine, I used it on my D2 and my D1 with no issues. I'm running an Old man emu unit now and it works as well.
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I still have no idea how anyone objectively evaluates a steering damper as "best" when the stock damper is 150% adequate.

You might as well just buy it based on the color of the damper body and the stickers.
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Aftermarket one just make it harder to steer. They are not an improvement in any way.
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