fixing bump-steer on 93 TD Disco

Submitted: Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 13:34
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My Disco had slight bump-steer with original size rubber and this has become accentuated since fitting 245/75x16 MTRs. I have new 2-inch lift OME suspension all-round but ARB did not replace the steering damper because they said it was ok. Has anyone fitted the Toughdog 'return to centre' steering damper - how are they different to other steering dampers and are they any good? Is it possible that there is something else causing the poor steering. A friend has even larger rubber on his Disco and it still steers better than mine on rough or smooth roads...

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Reply By: Mark - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 15:33

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 15:33
I had an 80 series cruiser with 33" BFG's and 75mm lift that always had vibration and bump steer issues (did not have a castor kit). After advise from a mate I tried an ARB Steering Dampener. I could not believe the difference!!! If I had of known it would make such a big difference I would have bought it years ago.

Whether it will solve your problem is another matter, but I was absolutuly impressed with my improvement. All my theory as an engineer told my that it would NOT make a noticeable difference (mainly the steering vibration I was always getting- should have been a balancing issue), but it simply proved that what works in practise is what counts, not theory.

So, while others may tell you it will make no difference, its not until you try it that you will really know. As for ARB vs Toughdog etc..., I have only used ARB and was VERY happy with it.


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Follow Up By: Mark - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 15:35

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 15:35
Oops, meant OME (Old Man Emu) steering dampener bought from ARB. Suspension lift was also OME by the way.

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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 15:53

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 15:53
Have seen ads in the fourby monthly mag for twin damper units specifically for discos with big rubber fitted . They state this is an inherrent prob with the discos / bigger rubber. Graham Cooper automotive comes to mind, but i can't be sure. Hope this helps some. Brad.Life is short- but there's always time for a yarda.
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Follow Up By: pathfinder - Thursday, Nov 20, 2003 at 14:03

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003 at 14:03
Thanks Bradley - have those ads appeared in recent additions of 4WD Monthly?
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Thursday, Nov 20, 2003 at 15:50

Thursday, Nov 20, 2003 at 15:50
yeah i think so, next time i'm in the 'office' i will have a look for it, and let you know . CheersMoo... everyone knows what a Jackaroo looks like :-)
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Reply By: Peter H - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 17:37

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 17:37
I did not have big rubber on my Disco but I did get greater steering stability after fitting a Bilstein damper.

Damaged the original on a rock - replaced with cheap after market which was hopeless - then went to named brand.
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Reply By: marcus - Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 19:38

Monday, Nov 17, 2003 at 19:38
Hi Pathfinder,
Have just had the O.M.E suspension with 2 inch lift fitted to my discovery td5 and ARB advised me to fit the O.M.E steering damper at the same time as it was only an extra $111.Am running standard rubber and steering was good before as it is now.Am rapt in the new suspension though,good firm ride and 2 inch makes a big difference off road.
cheers mark
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