We have a '97 Leisure Travel Van on a Dodge 3500 chassis. While in for maintenance it was discovered the steering damper has just about run it's course. The shop is having a difficult time finding a replacement. EEE/LTV manufacturers have been no help!
Any suggestions as to suppliers/makes or has anyone gone without a damper and with what results?
Thanks in advance for any input.
I got mine from TruckAddOns in Kentucky with a set of Rancho 9000's back when our dollar was worth about $.60 cents. Paid about half what Canadian Tire would have charged. It's a Rancho 5000 unit for the model year of truck.
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In this link, the poster recommends the Safe-T-Plus as it is a steering stabilizer AND damper in one unit.
I'd _STRONGLY_ advise against it! I put a 'Safe-T-Steer' (Safe? HA!) on my first RT, a '99/'00 Dodge 190. Despite the high cost, it did nothing to improve the steering. Worse, the power steering pump went out less than 500 miles later. Fortunately I was in a parking lot, not on the Blue Ridge Parkway where I'd just been. It necessitated a 75 mile trip on a wrecker.
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Just a thought... The stearing damper leaked in my two trucks, so to be considered "broke". The cost for a simple shock absorber type cylinder negated my replacement. I noticed no change in stearing handling.. IMO..
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