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Steering Stabilizer Help

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ARAMP1, May 15, 2006.

  1. ARAMP1

    ARAMP1 Aviator Extraordinaire

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    Okay, I've been searching 20 pages of threads and I can't find the answer. Hopefully someone knows...

    I just yanked the stock tie rod for a 1.5 incher from ORD. Got new ends on it and man it's sweet. The only problem is that off came the stock steering stabilizer which must have been working because now at 45 mph, my truck is all over the road.

    Question is this...

    Does anyone make a steering stabilizer (single or dual) kit that will work on a Dana 60 with a 1.5" diameter tie rod?
     
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    Masiony 1/2 ton status

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    a steering stabilizer shouldnt make that much difference. it wont keep you out of a ditch. i think perhaps your tie rod is not the right length and you probably have too much toe out.
     
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    I could not find one at the parts stores around here so I made one.
     
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    ARAMP1 Aviator Extraordinaire

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    It's the same length (center to center) as the old one. Just to be sure, I put the old one back on (without the stabilizer) and it wondered around even worse.
     
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    ARAMP1 Aviator Extraordinaire

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    Got any pics?
     
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    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    Nope. But I could run outside real quick and snap a few if you would like. I only spent $5 bucks on it, but it will never break and was needed to minimise the DW after crossover.
     
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    all the trucks i have driven have not had a stabilizer. some GM's some fords. never had a problem. i would think that you have something loose or the wrong length. did you do the tape measure allignment check?
     
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    If you could, I would appriciate it.
     
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    Sure, Give me a little while to find the camera.
     
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    This is the first truck that I've ever had that came stock with a steering stabilizer. I'm only running 33s with a 4 inch lift too. However, I've done a driveway alignment check and I'm at 0.0" (the book calls for 0.07" toe in). But, that's what it is with the old tie rod too. If it was an alignment problem, it should not have started when the stabilizer was removed.
     
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    perhaps the stabilizer just masked the allignment problem to begin with?
     
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    Well here it is, Not too much to look at but for $5 it works great.
    It is just 2 exhaust clamps welded to a scrap piece of diamond plate and then a shock mount also welded to it.
     
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    Though it’s possible, I doubt it. If it was very far off, I’d expect some uneven tire wear after almost 20K miles. I’ll probably get it checked before my next big trip just incase though. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks Chief! If being "THE MAN" was a crime, you'd be guilty as charged.
     
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    yeah, just for the record, when i was building up my 60, i cut off the mount on the tube because i was that confident. it could end up biting me in the ass, as i have yet to drive the truck since the swap. but IMO stabilizers are a band-aid. sure they help some people, but i think if i have problems i will just fix the actual problem instead of masking it with a stabilizer, but that is just my opinion. BTW, i forgot to mention that i am (or will be) hydro assist.
     
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    Yeah, since it's my tow rig, I'm not needing hydro assist. And, with hydro assist, I doubt you'll ever miss the stabilizer (or bracket).
     
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    yeah, i drove a total of about 300 mile with that axle and stabilizer. i didnt even know what it was like to drive with one...
     

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