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Old 08-04-2015, 09:24 AM   #1
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Steering Stabilizers - Are they worth it?

I have a 1984 Vogue and wanted to get opinions on steering stabilizers.

I need a tighter steering feel on my rig. I checked all of the steering components and nothing is grossly bad.

So I started reading and it seems that highway wandering is common, even for rigs much younger than mine. Is that true?

So I started to read how Steering stabilizers fixed all that and more, but have also read remarks that someone installed one and it made no big difference or improvement.

What do you guys think? These things are off the charts expensive, especially the brackets. I am not willing to pay more than $500 (although I would do the install myself).

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Old 08-04-2015, 09:39 AM   #2
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How many miles? Two words... KING PINS....or Idler arm? Even my 2001 has sensitive steering and if I'm not paying attention the big girl wanders. Please keep in mind I'm very new to this...But have worked on old trucks forever...
Tried greasing it?
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:11 AM   #3
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King pins seemed tight and were greased. idle arm seemed tight. 130xxx miles. also recently did all of the bushings.
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:14 AM   #4
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Check the alignment. If it is not toed in it will wander like crazy. Don't overdo the toe in as that will cause excessive tire wear.
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That may be something. I checked the alignment and my tires were both perfectly straight. Not toed in at all. So I guess when I get going the wheels could actually be toed out slightly.
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I am also interested in what folks think of these steering stabilizers.

Do you have one?

Were they worth the investment?
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Some other things come onto play. Years ago on our first trip out with our 88 32' Gulfstream we were pulling a 10" trailer with two big motorcycles and more in it. The rear axle is further forward on these units than most, the extra weight of the trailer made the front end light and we had several wheel shake/ shimmy incidents. I couldn't find anything mechanical wrong with the chassis and was going to go the stabilizer route. On our next big trip we did not take the trailer and bikes and the problem went away. Not long after that we sold the bikes and towed a Suzuki Samurai and had no problems either. We now have a battery bank (4x12volts or 8x6volts) in the open space between the bumper and radiator and don't even think about it anymore.
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how is ur tire wear,,,i know they look even but are they wearing the same ..
just a thought...
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