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Old November 11th, 2009, 10:41 AM
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Steering Stabilizer

How do you know when you need a new one and which one do you get?
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Old November 11th, 2009, 10:56 AM
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When you can compress it and it does not bounce back...
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Old November 11th, 2009, 11:32 AM
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I like my OME stabilizer...
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Old November 11th, 2009, 11:58 AM
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can you tell without taking it off
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Old November 11th, 2009, 12:51 PM
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well it is 16 years old so possibly could have leaked out a long time ago. I just find the steering in my 90 to be more precise than the 110
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It's only $75, why not just replace it?

It is 16 years old, so I'm putting $10 on not being good anymore.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 01:07 PM
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just wondering really. I wanted to learn a bit first about it. I need to do this as well.
http://www.roversnorth.com/store/p-5...-drop-arm.aspx
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Old November 11th, 2009, 02:53 PM
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1. It is probably fine.
2. Buy OME.
3. It does not bounce back as it is not gas charged.
4. To test, remove it and extend and compress by hand and if it is relatively difficult to do and more importantly goes smoothly both ways, it is fine.
5. Unless the ball joint is actually bad/worn, I recommend getting just the boot and replacing that on the drop are because installing the kit is a PITA.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 04:12 PM
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I am not sure. the boot is torn for sure and the balls moves back and forth but maybe that is normal. Where can I get just the boot?

Why is it a pain. It looks like you remove the arm and do it in the comfort of your living room. Just guessing
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I am thinking about replacing my steering stabilizer too. Has any one used or tried this kind?
click here>>> Steering Damper
I wonder if the spring/shock design would improve the steering or wear-out the pump.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 04:02 PM
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That's cool! I'd like to try that one. Curious too if anyone has tried it.

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I am thinking about replacing my steering stabilizer too. Has any one used or tried this kind?
click here>>> Steering Damper
I wonder if the spring/shock design would improve the steering or wear-out the pump.
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the upper race is Pressed in and there is not much lip to knock it out. good luck doing it in your living room unless you have a big bench vice on your coffee table...

oh, and the return to center steering shock I would just flat out avoid. If the steering doesn't return on its own then something is wrong and you would just be masking the problem.

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I am not sure. the boot is torn for sure and the balls moves back and forth but maybe that is normal. Where can I get just the boot?

Why is it a pain. It looks like you remove the arm and do it in the comfort of your living room. Just guessing
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I tried the return to center steeering stabilizer on my D-90 recently. The system does not work as advertised. In fact the spring retainer cannot be tightened enough to prevent it from traveling up and down thr stabilizer. Sounded like a good idea originallly, but will settle for an OME
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Old November 29th, 2010, 01:21 AM
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What does steering stabilizer do exactly?

My steering feels a bit sloppy and I have what can be best described as a "knot" in the steering. When doing a full right turn there is a muffled clunk at a certain point in the turn. I figured something is rubbing or something is loose and there is play in the system. Any thoughts what this could be?
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Bad CV? Bad ball joint?
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What does steering stabilizer do exactly?
It dampens (Rover calls them steering dampers) shocks to the steering when one tire hits something. It's to help keep the steering wheel from whipping around. They are not for reducing play in steering components that are worn, which I lot of people think.
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I'm not ruling anything out. The steering may have taken a beating last time I went wheeling. It could have been there before but I started noticing shortly after getting back from two days on the trail.

If you hit rocks while sliding downhill and it forces the wheels in all sorts of directions, what part of the steering are susceptible to damage?

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I am not sure. the boot is torn for sure and the balls moves back and forth but maybe that is normal. Where can I get just the boot?

Why is it a pain. It looks like you remove the arm and do it in the comfort of your living room. Just guessing
I have the same ... can you just buy a boot?
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