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Steering Damper? Are they Needed? Any DIY solutions?


 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 0:15    Post subject: Steering Damper? Are they Needed? Any DIY solutions? Reply with quote

I was just thinking about wether a +3"or more lift vitara with knobby tyres (Recip Trial) and power steering needs a steering damper?

I have had this car dislocate my thumb ( Embarassed ) at a 4x4 event when the tyre caught on a root and whipped the steering wheel round... will a damper aid this/slow it down so the steering wheel doesnt whip about so much?

AND if it does need one, is there a DIY solution or a guide or someone to help me do it?

ANY HELP IS MUCH APPRECIATED.

Cheers, Christian.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have thought the same thing.
they are more geared for keeping the wheel stable at speed.
mine is never driven on the street, so i dont even know if it will help.
im going to disconnect mine on the next ride and see if its doing anything.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you do have one fitted to your vit?

Mine never touches tarmac too and doesnt really get that fast, but is very twitchy at higher speeds with a 3"+ lift and big knobbly tyres... Its main purpose in life is mud plugging so im not sure i need it or not??

so i am wondering if i need one?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

papa smurf wrote:
im going to disconnect mine on the next ride and see if its doing anything.


can you please tell me on here after you have done this and if you felt any difference?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 22:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

it will be a few weeks before i get to ride again. work has me bogged down.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn Sad :/

Okay well tell me when you have

Christian.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

itll reduce the risk of wheel snatch at low speed, not stabilise at high speed.

it does help but its your choice if you want it.

power steering should make it more stable at high speed (unless i fitted it lol) but its abalance between stiffness and feel, ie the stiffer you have it the less feedback youll get back from the wheels.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 21:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

when isnt a samurai stiff when turning? haha.
stock tires maybe, or in some slippery mud.

low speed is where i need help. if in fact the damper does its job, is the big "old man emu" that rocky road sells worth the 75 bucks, or does a nice stock replacement get you by?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 22:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

why not fit power steering?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

zocko wrote:
why not fit power steering?

time, money, gathering the parts.
i would like to do it down the road for sure.

i need to get wipers back on this truck before anything else.
guy i got it from pulled it all out.
i dont know why.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

power steering can be fitted for around £450 including parts...

only down side is itll suddenly feel so light youll almost forget you have wheels attached to the front lol
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay.... so i have a 3 inch or more (?!) lifted vitara running 235/75R15's (recip trial so knobbly as *beep*!) and i have power steering. It only travels low speeds off road in deep mud. Is it worth fitting a damper or not?

Got my power steering off a fat-boy that i bought as a donor vehicle as my engine blew! So was free Very Happy and very easy to fit with the engine out!

Paul(zocko) please could you reply to my PM about the damper you have???

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 14:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy
BearMatthews wrote:
Okay.... so i have a 3 inch or more (?!) lifted vitara running 235/75R15's (recip trial so knobbly as *beep*!) and i have power steering. It only travels low speeds off road in deep mud. Is it worth fitting a damper or not?

Got my power steering off a fat-boy that i bought as a donor vehicle as my engine blew! So was free Very Happy and very easy to fit with the engine out!

Paul(zocko) please could you reply to my PM about the damper you have???

Cheers, Christian.


i wouldnt bother fitting one if it spends most of its time in the mud Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 14:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmnm okay.. well depends what zocko will sell his for if he hurrys up and replies!! hehe
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