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Keeping the Steering Tight

So I recently replaced my steering dampner on my '97 D90 SW. The original was shot.

It feels much tighter now but I still get some shuttering in the front end after hitting a big bump at highway speeds. Also, the play in the steering wheel when my 90 is at rest is equivalent to 1 hour on the clock.

What is the next thing to adjust, rebuild or replace?
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check your bushings...
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How many miles??? Swivel pin tension???
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Adjustment screw on the steering box, Pan hard bushings, steering shaft U-joints, I just found out the lower swivel/u-joint on my steering shaft is shot. Play between your steering wheel and steering box will make a huge difference in steering response. I assume you have checked your tie rod ends?
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I appreciate the list of things to start checking. I'll dig in on Saturday.

Oh yeah... it has about 135k on it.
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Another vote for just tightening the adjustment screw on the box. I had about 3hrs worth of play and it tightened it right up
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if its got the shimmy on the highway swivel pins are also something to think about. It is really easy to check the preload.
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What is the next thing to adjust, rebuild or replace?
The damper is the last thing to replace.
Remove the damper and get the steering good checking the things people mentioned. When it's good, then replace the damper. Steering dampers aren't meant to correct loose steering or death wobble.
Be methodical in checking things.
Make sure your hubs don't have play and your lug nuts are tight.
Have someone help you by moving the steering wheel back and forth, just to where they get resistance, while you look for relative movement between all connections in the linkage all the way to the wheels.
If that all looks good, check swivel preload and adjust if needed.
The suspension bushes also, as mentioned.
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