Steering dampers or also known as stabilizers provide valuable support to the vehicle, especially when you are planning off road adventures.
The steering damper helps to manage unwanted or uncontrolled oscillation of the steering. This means that they assist in minimising wobble which occurs from the tyre vibrations off the track. Such as corrugation or potholes. Like a shock absorber for your steering.
Large tyres and lifts can alter the factory geometry of the steering mechanism. So one needs to have the right damper for vehicle and track you are planning one using. The key to damper fitment is to have it centred in its travel so that it does not restrict steering movement and applies equal force.
Types of Dampers
- Twin-tube designs allow for larger volumes of oil, better cooling of internals and improved protection of working parts.
- Return to centre (RTC) steering dampers are based around a twin-tube design which is upgraded by incorporating a captive external coil spring to provide the self-centring action.
- An Internal Floating Piston (IFP or smoothie) separates the shock oil from the high-pressure, nitrogen charged gas chamber.
- Through-Shaft steering damper designs cancel unwanted steering forces in both directions, taking the place of two conventional-style opposing stabilisers.
Tough Dog Provides
Tough Dog dampers come in four different types to satisfy the needs for various applications which bilt onto original mounts.
You know it is time to change or replace your damper if you have oil leakage from the damper or experiencing more feedback on the steering wheel.