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Steering Damper: Yay or Nay?

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For those of you that don't know, my steering sustained some damage over the weekend.

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When I was repairing it, I noticed the steering damper was damaged as well. I seem to have three options.
1. Replace the steering damper (most expensive)
2. Use the damaged steering damper
3. Not have a steering damper.

The damper seems to still function okay, but one of the eyelets is bent. Should I just throw it back on there and call it good?

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Yes dampener.

 

Reuse if possible.

 

New if you must.


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Reuse the dampener if possible, buy RTE drag link, replace dampener when funds allow.


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Agreed - looks reusable unless those are cracks I see around the eye?


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I have a Terra Firma drag link that I put on it. Those are cracks around the eye, which is making me wary of reusing it. What brand damper should I go with if I replace it?
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Given that you USE your rig pretty hard I'd be looking for a new damper if those cracks are as bad as they look.  On the street it might hold up, but you seem to be good at bending steering stuff.  :)

 

Unfortunately I can't recommend a specific brand.  I would hope it's not too expensive as it's a pretty generic sort of part.


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http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/9387D2

 

OME has an 18mm main shaft

 

http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/TF802

 

TF has a 16mm main shaft


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How come the Bilstein is way more expensive? Branding? I'm not very familiar with steering dampers.

Edited by lilcrawler, 16 September 2015 - 03:02 PM.

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They're known as "Blingstein" for a reason.


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Colin? Graeme? Hey Parts guys, what say you?

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Graeme doesn't have any steering dampers for various reasons. I'm going to have to go through the main channels. The question is now TF or OME?
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Graeme doesn't have any steering dampers for various reasons. I'm going to have to go through the main channels. The question is now TF or OME?

 

We put in a TF one on the RRC after we damaged our original on a MORG (I think it was a MORG).  Jared could probably provide more information than I can, be I think he's happy with it.


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Erin is right -- I laid the damper right on a rock and put a crease in it -- made for a lot of fun driving on the freeway and having the wheel 'stick'.

 

Anyway, the Terrafirma one has been just fine -- not sure I would be able to tell you it's better than 'x' brand, but I can say it's better than a creased one.   :lol:


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The Terra Firma is what I bent. I may try to go with them again in order to save a few dollars.
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I've been running a generic rancho one for years. No problems with it.
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I'm sorta with Fuller on this - it's not a super-precision part so I suspect any of them would work.  Brenton noted the shaft dia difference earlier but I wouldn't expect the shaft to be the weak point anyway.  Seems the most common issue is simply smashing the body and of course you cracked the eye mount - neither of those would have been saved by a 2mm larger shaft.

 

I vote budget.  You're likely to smash it again anyway knowing you....Mr. 'maybe we should run Fordyce again next year'


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FWIW, I've seen a TF shock crap out on the Mojave Road (Antonio last year) and OME shocks crack on the Rubicon ('09 on Gary's D90) right along that same eye-to-shock weld. Granted these weren't for steering and saw more abuse, but I think either of those makes would be fine. Just make sure you mount it correctly, so the outer tube cover slants downward and lets mud and water drain out of it.


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Yeah. I'm probably going to go TF. That way I'll have $30 towards something else.

And Don, that maybe has pretty much end turned into a when.

Edited by lilcrawler, 17 September 2015 - 05:05 PM.

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Went TF over OEM stock but couldnt find a rancho part number ;-). Obviously much better than stock.

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