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Old November 20th, 2010, 08:55 AM
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TF RTC Steering Dampener?

My OME steering dampener is showing signs of wear and it's time to go shopping. I was just going to replace it with another one but then I came across this bling-ish little item:

http://lucky8llc.com/Products.asp?ProductID=2399

Was wondering if anyone has used this and what the advantages/disadvantages might be? I can't see where snapping the steering wheel back to center on the highway quickly would be particularly safe and/or helpful but this could come in handy in some off road situations. It would both work against and with the steering pump so I'm not sure if it extends life, causes premature failure or does nothing. I'm running 255/85R16's for reference. Thanks, in advance, for your input.
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I cannot see it being a bad thing, except... having one fitted will mask other issues and you would want to remove it every few weeks to make sure it is not preventing you from noticing other issues.

If once my castor is corrected my self-centering does not improve enough I would consider trying one. However, I generally have things apart every few weeks anyway and I'm probably the most picky person out there when it comes to handling.
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I think I'd give one a go on the RRC if they had the proper mounting style.
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My OME steering dampener is showing signs of wear
How long did it last ? I have a Bilstein and the pulling on one side is making me crazy. I was thinking about OME but this can be interesting.
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Old November 21st, 2010, 11:28 AM
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How long did it last ? I have a Bilstein and the pulling on one side is making me crazy. I was thinking about OME but this can be interesting.
Not quite sure- was installed by previous owner. Just had the panhard rod bushings (and every other bushing in the drivetrain) installed to address the infamous "death wobble". There's a shimmy when I hit bumps at highway speeds. I may be expecting too much but another $80 for a new steering dampener is a drop in the bucket compared to what I've put into this money pit since I've acquired it!

I'd check into it but my understanding is the Bilstein products are an upgrade to original equipment with regard to handling but they aren't as heavy duty as the OME stuff, which is necessary if you've beefed up your suspension, installed bigger wheels, etc.
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There's a shimmy when I hit bumps at highway speeds.
Its your swivel pin bearing preload.
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That OME steering dampener was put on when I put the OME lift on - roughly Fall of 08.
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That OME steering dampener was put on when I put the OME lift on - roughly Fall of 08.
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Its your swivel pin bearing preload.
Thanks Steve- I'll check that. Sounds like my dampener has relatively low miles/off road use so this would make sense
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