Which steering stabiliser do I get, a mono tube such as PPM, Bilstein or Fox, heavy duty such as Rancho, or adjustable heavy duty such as Tough Dog.
I have seen how Mono tube shocks such as PPM respond better and handle the coil oscilation better, so am wondering if the mono tube steering stabiliser does the same thing, or am I better off running an Adjustable Tough Dog which some believe handles slight wobbles very well.
I run a MKII stock OE unit and to be brutually honest mine driove identially with a Mk1 OE ( till it f'ed up ) the MKII OE or actually with nothing at all.
I've driven others with different brands but as their setup also varied I couln't really tell what makes the differnce. Same brand on different rigs wen't from good to "and you spent the money to do what ?"
For what its worth... I think tyre compliance and to a lesswer extent suspension geometry has a huge amount to do with the need for a damper - the wider the tyre is stretched onto the rim the more a damper seems to be required. Big rubber on "small" rims seems to damp things in their own right.
I wonder if a meaningfull comparrison is actually possible unless you have the oportunity of trying all the options on your own vehicle and eliminating the million variables.
Will be intersting to hear all the differnet opinions
It seemed like a good idea at the time........
RANCHO - I have had the Rancho steering damper for almost all the life of my 2007 CRD JK. Never had any death wobble or front issues. Now running it with my PPM 4.5 inch lift and 35's. Great...big, fat and very tough.
I put a Rancho RS5000 dampner on to replace OE Mk1 after my 2" ARB/OME lift was installed. Shimmy up front became Death Wobbles 200ks after Rancho. (NO I AM NOT BLAMING THE DAMPNER FOR WOBBLES!!)
Replaced Rancho with OE MKII , Death Wobbles returned to Shimmy.
Conclusion: I believe OE MKII Dampner to be comparable (if not better) in performance to Rancho RS5000.
(Shimmy and potential Death Wobbles eventually cured with Adj. Track Bars and LCA's).
Still have OE MKII fitted. Can definitely feel it working on the steering lock to lock, on and off road.
Rancho sitting in its box the shed. PM me if you want to try it.
JK CRD UNLIMITED
WITH A FEW MODS
AND MORE TO COME.
OME for me, relocated above tie rod with DBOR bracket and stone guard replaced with rack boot to improve clearance. Just cut off stone guard with a grinder but leave a small disc at the end to hold the boot, punch a couple of breather holes and secure on the stabiliser tube with a cable tie .
I have the adjustable Tough Dog, but at the moment don't have any aftermarket diff guards. I am planning to get these, so the relocation kit looks like the goods to tuck it out of the way as they ALL hang down far too low. With the steering stab relocated, there would be plenty of room for diff guards.
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