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Old 09-23-2020, 09:41 AM   #1
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F53 steering stabilizer

Just changed 4 shocks and waiting on the ones for the tag

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Trying to find some information on a 1998 fleetwood bounder f53 steering stabilizer the one they keep sending from Bilstein looks like it should go on a Honda the one that's on the motorhome now looks like it should go on a huge dump truck having a hard time finding something close to what's on the mh now.
That fits the mounting hardware already there

I cant be the only one with this issue

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Neither item is a steering stabilizer. https://www.etrailer.com/Anti-Sway-B...hoCO2AQAvD_BwE This is a link to a picture of a steering stabilizer. You have a steering dampener. It's job is to lessen the impact of hitting a pothole, or curb, and the subsequent jarring of the steering wheel. A steering stabilizer's job is to help return the steering to center, which helps with wind gusts, tire blowouts, etc. It depends on what you want from the device. Most owners it seems go with the stabilizer. Much more expensive, but makes driving easier IMO.
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Old 09-23-2020, 01:48 PM   #3
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Neither item is a steering stabilizer. https://www.etrailer.com/Anti-Sway-B...hoCO2AQAvD_BwE This is a link to a picture of a steering stabilizer. You have a steering dampener. It's job is to lessen the impact of hitting a pothole, or curb, and the subsequent jarring of the steering wheel. A steering stabilizer's job is to help return the steering to center, which helps with wind gusts, tire blowouts, etc. It depends on what you want from the device. Most owners it seems go with the stabilizer. Much more expensive, but makes driving easier IMO.
Thanks for this info.
NOBODY has said anything about what's what.
Thanks again for this update
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You should take a look at "Safe-t-plus" steering stabilizers.

You can google their site (Safe-t-plus) and see detailed information.

They are sized by chassis GVW and type. You can e-mail or call Safe-t-plus for help with your specific application.

I added one to my F53 chassis (18k gvw). Mine took the Sate-t-plus white.

Easy install in my case - it did take a few adjustments to fine tune the drive centering (explained in the install instructions).

Good info also available on Amazon - cost is ~$500-600.

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The term "steering dampener" and "steering stabilizer" are terms used pretty much interchangeably by people and manufactures.

There are two types of steering augmentation -

1) those that are pretty much just a shock absorber that helps dampen the steering system. Some centering assist with some products. I would call this a "steering dampener"

2) those with a shock absorber and a spring centering system. The spring may be external (RoadMaster) or internal (Safe-t-plus). Either work about the same, just packaging. Strong centering assist and added safety in the event of a front tire blow-out. I would call this a "steering stabilizer"

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On a normal steering adjustment situation, such as, hitting a minor imperfection in the road you will not notice a big difference between a 'damper' and a 'stabilizer' both tend to soften the impact. But, when you have a major distortion in the pavement or external force imposed on your coach from items such as cross winds or tire blow out the 'stabilizer' does what it's name implies, it helps you to retain control. I have the 'Safe-T-Plus' over the Roadmaster only because it has the working components housed out of the weather but would not hesitate installing a Roadmaster if it was all that was available when I needed it.
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On a normal steering adjustment situation, such as, hitting a minor imperfection in the road you will not notice a big difference between a 'damper' and a 'stabilizer' both tend to soften the impact. But, when you have a major distortion in the pavement or external force imposed on your coach from items such as cross winds or tire blow out the 'stabilizer' does what it's name implies, it helps you to retain control. I have the 'Safe-T-Plus' over the Roadmaster only because it has the working components housed out of the weather but would not hesitate installing a Roadmaster if it was all that was available when I needed it.
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Just changed 4 shocks and waiting on the ones for the tag

Also

Trying to find some information on a 1998 fleetwood bounder f53 steering stabilizer the one they keep sending from Bilstein looks like it should go on a Honda the one that's on the motorhome now looks like it should go on a huge dump truck having a hard time finding something close to what's on the mh now.
That fits the mounting hardware already there

I cant be the only one with this issue

Bolt on oem looks like 7/8in
New bolt looks like 1/2inAttachment 302022Attachment 302026Attachment 302027Attachment 302028Attachment 302029Attachment 302030
Looks like this unit is a safety t stabilizer
Thinking it's still in good shape I'm not having the symptom of it being bad.

So thanks for the info I have received.
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