Steering Damper?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 15:51
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Howdy,

Just wondering if steering dampers have any real effect on controlling steering, i have a fj55 (no power steering) and the damper looks like the original.

If its worn would i know?
Whats their main role?

Thanks for any help!

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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 16:00

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 16:00
I replaced my dampener with a return to centre one from Tough dog ,it was well worth it as it took the harsh spin out of the steering wheel if I hit a pot hole at speed , the overall steering performance was better with a new one fitted I had done 175000km at the time 99 GU Patrol 4.2 TD
Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: Mark - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 16:50

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 16:50
I replaced the original one on my 80 series with an Old Man Emu one. It made one hell of a difference to wheel wobble/balance felt through the steering wheel. Wish I had fitted it years earlier.

As the 80 had power steering, there was no other noticeable effect. I never had the misfortune to have the wheel ripped from my hands when hitting an obstacle, but it is more likley the power steering rather than the dampener was responsible for stopping this.

Cheers

Mark
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Reply By: howesy - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 17:41

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 17:41
It's main function is to endeavour in the control of bump steer and reduce the risk of the steering wheel being ripped violently from a loose grip. It doesn't however perform miracles.
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Follow Up By: Synergist - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 18:26

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 18:26
Is there any way of telling if it is worn out? Or is it a case of buy one and see there is a difference?

Cheers!
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Follow Up By: howesy - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 18:42

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 18:42
It's easy to get off, just remove it and check it for its resistance like you would a normal shock. The main diff between it and a shock is the centring ability and double action in both directions. Either way they are not that expensive if you think its the original just replace it and have peace of mind.
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Follow Up By: Synergist - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 18:59

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 18:59
Yeah, i think thats the best option.

Cheers mate!
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 22:51

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2004 at 22:51
If you have a FJ55 & you think it has the original damper then just replace it, its well & truly due for one.

Easy to replace & will cost about $100.
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Reply By: Paul - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 00:34

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 00:34
Hi,
Dampers usually get a flat spot in them, probably this is the position they do the most work. My cruiser hasn't got power steering and I didn't notice any difference when I put a new damper on. Admittedly it was the cheapest I could buy (ACDelco) but I couldn't imagine the resistance being anymore in an expensive one as too much damping resistance would make the steering difficult. Perhaps the others are dearer because they take longer to wear out or perhaps because of the pretty yellow paint?
Any way when I get a wheel stuck in a hole at times the wheel still spins fast enough to rip my thumbs off if I had em in the spokes.
Paul
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Follow Up By: pathfinder - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 09:09

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 09:09
there is a huge difference in the resistance of a cheap vs more expensive (still only $100-200) steering damper...it's not just about pretty colours...
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Reply By: V8troopie - Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 02:07

Thursday, Jan 22, 2004 at 02:07
I tell you what you don't want to happen, as happened to me, and that is the eye on the end of the (Toyota) steering damper breaking off. Its very very scary. Luckily the car ( troopcarrier) was travelling slow at the time. Its like the front wheels assumed they cannot make up their mind which way to point and so rapidly and violently change direction. I only just managed to pull over to the road side on a quiet suburban street. Had that happened at freeway speeds I'd been history.

After stopping I quickly realised what had happened and managed to drive the few kilometers to the ARB shop very slowly. Any speed over 20k and she'd start bucking. I now realise that steering dampers play a vital role on big 4WD's :-)

Klaus
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Reply By: Roachie - Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 13:53

Friday, Jan 23, 2004 at 13:53
I put a new 4-Ways Return To Centre damper on my 3 year old T/D Patrol a couple of months ago. It certainly took away a little shimmy I had in the steering at about 80kph. With the spring in place, before I fitted it to the truck, I couldn't manually push or pull it from it's resting location. The Nissan one I took off still felt like it has a bit of resistence, but I could push it in and out reasonably easily.
I very pleased with the 4-Ways unit.
Cheers,
Roachie
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