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Old 11-22-2011, 06:10 PM
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Question STEERING STABILIZER & AFTER MARKET DIFF COVER

G'day Fellas,

I currently have HD Tough Dog RTC Steering Stabiliser (we spell it that way down here). This unit is quite large and tends to hang down too far below the drag link for comfort when 'Goin' Bush' (Offroad). I've been looking for one that has the Stabilisers sitting at least at the same level as the drag link.
The Tough Dog hangs even further down since I fitted the ARB Air Locker and associated diff cover. This is because the cover is considerably strengthened to take any warping of the housing when in 4WD. Hence it is thicker in it's flange and bulges out further than the OEM cover. So I've had to turn the stabilizer's clamp bracket on the drag link downward to stop it hitting the ARB Diff cover

I've trawled through threads/post on fitting another type of 'Steering Stabilzer' (or Steering Damper as we call them in OZ), and a common problem is encountered by those of us who have fitted an 'After Market' diff cover.. That is (it seems) near all after market covers cause some drama in relation to the Stabilizer bracket making contact with the diff cover.

Even the 'Top Gun' design that has a bracket clamped to the axle housing and uses a couple of the OEM diff cover bolts cannot be fitted because the ARB Diff cover, and other makes flanges are thicker than the OEM (maybe the bracket could be modified?).

As I say, after trawling the treads/posts this apperas to be a common problem with fitting after market diff covers, because off their extra thickness, additional cooling fins etc; and then trying to fit a Steering Stabilizer

So; has anybody found/come up with a design that accommodates this issue??

Cheers,
Reg

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