steering dampeners and torsion bars

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 08:20
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Hi all,
Just a question about steering dampeners and torsion bars. I am a bit confused as to the real job they both do.
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 08:49

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 08:49
Steering damp are for stopping the wheel being ripped out of your hands when negotiating rough terrain it's like tank slapping on a motorbike when the bike hits a bad bump and the front wheel shakes side to side violently pulling the handlebars out of your hand so bad that they hit the tank hence the name tank slapper. Torsion bar don't know much about them, i think, someone correct if wrong, but they are in place of springs, just a differant system of IFS.

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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 08:56

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 08:56
Torsion bar in suspension is a coil spring still as a straight bit of wire, its twisting motion "suspending" the vehicle.

A Sway bar mounts across the car, and puts downforce across this bar to stop the vehicle from leaning when cornering where weight transfer occurs.

A steering damper is a shock absorber for the steering, like a shocker controls the movement of the axle/vehicle upa nd down, the steering stabaliser controls the movement of the steering, preventing the old non power steering "broken thumbs" if you put them inside the dia of the steering wheel and hit a bump which would spin the steering wheel, spokes connecting with upright thumbs....ouch.... 8-)
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Follow Up By: troy - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 21:56

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2004 at 21:56
Is there a designated time as to when the steering dampner etc should be changed/renewed?
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