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Can any shock be used as a steering stabalizer?

Ok, there are some steering stabalizer kits out there for about 50 bucks or so. The stock sami one does not cut it, it is in the wrong place also. I've seen lots of the stabalizers on the bottom tie rod. Can a regualar shock absorber do the job? Also, I've seen some stabalizers with springs on them.. It was like some kinna return to center thing?. I was driving into home depot and hit a bump that sent me into the other lane by making the wheels turn real fast! This could have taken my thumbs off!! Is there a specific brand I should look for? Duhh, I'll have to measure the travel on the bar, but it seems like a reg. shock would work fine?!

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Re: Can any shock be used as a steering stabalizer?

it might work but i bought mine from the local autozone store for 39.99 and it mounts one end to the frant housing and the other to the tierod end and it came with some beffy mounts . i think its worth that just bye it and bolt it on.

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Re: Can any shock be used as a steering stabalizer?

No - steering stabilizers and shocks have different valving. The SS has equal resistance both in & out, while the average shock is biased one way or the other.

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Re: Can any shock be used as a steering stabalizer?

yep,

steering stabilizers are 50:50 shocks... most other shocks are 70:30 or higher...

learnt it recently myself... but you can see if you find a shock that takes the same amount of force to compress as it takes to expand...

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Re: Can any shock be used as a steering stabalizer?

Napa sells a good replacement steering damper for around $25. It looks just like a shock absorber and is much better than the stock one. I don't like the ones that have a ubolt around the axle at all.

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Re: Can any shock be used as a steering stabalizer?

Granted I am no shock master or anything, but it sorta seems like if a shock was on the tie rod, the amount of travel for the angle that the weels would turn would be greater vs the amount of travel if the shock was attached to the pitman arm. I would agree with the difference of like shock ness... The dampening factor would be different on the up and down stroke. Any suggestions for mounting and brand names on the shocks? Should I run 2? I've got 29x10.5 super swamper sx tires.. The old shock sux a$$..

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Re: Can any shock be used as a steering stabalizer?

Yeah good question you guys who are running cheap shocks has your ride improved? and if you like your cheap shocks what kind are they????

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