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Anyone running NO steering stabilizer?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BurbinOR, May 25, 2001.

  1. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    Scott at Rockstomper recommended at least at the beginning to try running my rig (D60 front) without a steering stabilizer. So far I can say there is no issue with tracking straight, even with 35" SSR's, but notice a tiny bit of bump steer.

    Anyone try this for long?

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    My rig has the stock damp on it but it has no fluid in it. I dont have any problems with tracking or crazy bumpsteer, but I dont freak out and over react with counter measures when I encounter bump steer either. So.......

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  3. AZK5

    AZK5 1/2 ton status

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    My K5 doesn't have a steering dampener on it. I think part of the reason I can get away with it, is the large amount of castor that I run. I have extended shackles on the rear of my front springs which increases castor. My Blazer tracks very straight down the freeway and I don't have any noticeable bump steer.
    CB

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  4. Kyle89K5

    Kyle89K5 1/2 ton status

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    I ran one for a while but after a little rock incident, it drained itself. I'm too damn lazy to take it off. To me, I don't notice anything. Personally, I don't like the idea of something being "dampened" I want the full effect of whats happening down there. I get a better feel for when stuff ain't right.

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    I recently swapped front axles and havent put mine back on yet.Ive got new ball joints,tie rod ends ,drag link ends,and a new steering box.It drives just fine without them.I think maybe later when things get a little worn in I might have to put them back on.

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    I took mine off when i put on the new tie rod ends, draglink ends and balljoints, and its been fine since then, about 6 months

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  7. CK5

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    I have mine off right now but will be putting it back on. It tracks great down the street but if I hit a bump just right the wheels feel like there going to fall off, I asked Stephen Watson about this and he had a similar situation when he had his off.

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    My K5 use to get the death shakes when I'd hit the slightest bump also and I tightened up the wheel bearings, rebuilt the driverside king pin and now it's fine. I like the clean look of no dampener.
    CB

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    Yeah, I like the clean look also, that's one of the reasons I don't have it on right now, I will check my bearings, I figured since the axle was rebuilt from Boyce that it would be fine but since I never touched it with my own hands you never no.

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    I run three. My steering is tight, but everything else on the truck is loose. I ran one until I bought the Swampers. Interestingly enough, I can tell the difference even with the 35's, and like it better this way. As for clean, I could care less. As long as I don't hit'em on the rocks, it's fine by me.

    Pete

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    Well, the entire D60 was rebuilt and is tight as heck. Think I'll go with a single stabilizer just because it will take out that little bit of possible problem - with no real downside.

    Now I need to find one that will clamp around the Rock Rod!

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    Took mine off after I replaced the steering box, shaft was bent, I run 35"s and no shakes
     
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    Another note; I don't think having a steering stabilzer will eliminate or create bumpsteer. I could be wrong but in understanding what causes bump steer I don't see how a steering stabilzer would have any effect on it. I haven't had a steering stabilizer on my truck for over a year and a half and I see no problems.

    Coil sprung 71 blazer.
     

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