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Old 08-04-2011, 10:49 AM
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Steering wobble cure? - VIDEO

Was having the beginnings of the old death wobble. Fixed it with stabilizers and shocks. The before and after video at the end is interesting:

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Was having the beginnings of the old death wobble. Fixed it with stabilizers and shocks. The before and after video at the end is interesting:

‪Installing Rancho Steering Stabilizers & RS9000XL Shocks Ford Super Duty‬‏ - YouTube
Great Video! I allways wanted to see the front end in action. My truck does the same thing with 35's Do you think that is was the duel stabilizers or the combination of the new stabilizer and the diffrent valving on the Ranchos.. By looking at your video it looks like the wheel dosent bounce upward as much as it did with the stock shocks. The ranchos looked like they had better rebound than your previous units. Your thoughts?
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:09 AM
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Great Video! I allways wanted to see the front end in action. My truck does the same thing with 35's Do you think that is was the duel stabilizers or the combination of the new stabilizer and the diffrent valving on the Ranchos.. By looking at your video it looks like the wheel dosent bounce upward as much as it did with the stock shocks. The ranchos looked like they had better rebound than your previous units. Your thoughts?
Yeah, I think it was a combination of shock and dampener that fixed the problem. The stock shocks have been spec'd too lightly for my taste especially with my larger tires. With the new Rancho's, the tire just won't fall into the pot hole and therefore bounce back up like the OEM shocks. The stabilizer adds just a little resistance to the steering feel so it's not as loosey feeling as before either. I felt like the OEM steering is over-assisted to begin with. All around it's a big improvement.
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GREAT video of before and after. Those GOPRO cameras are amazing.
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Yeah, I think it was a combination of shock and dampener that fixed the problem. The stock shocks have been spec'd too lightly for my taste especially with my larger tires. With the new Rancho's, the tire just won't fall into the pot hole and therefore bounce back up like the OEM shocks. The stabilizer adds just a little resistance to the steering feel so it's not as loosey feeling as before either. I felt like the OEM steering is over-assisted to begin with. All around it's a big improvement.
I have had Bilstiens on my truck for years and thought that they did a pretty good job of controlling the ride. But latley my front end feels like your before video bouncing all around. I dont a have a GoPro yet but it looks like a great investment. I have raced dirt bikes for years and you have the option of adding a few clicks of compression or rebound to correct the way the suspension is working. Have you had the chance to play with the adjustment yet?
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Excuse my ignorance but much of this is new to me, so what exactly do the stabilizers do beyond the wheel wobble? The reason I ask is the steering in my excursion feels loose and floaty. It has a stabilizer in it but would an upgrade like you have help?
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Excuse my ignorance but much of this is new to me, so what exactly do the stabilizers do beyond the wheel wobble? The reason I ask is the steering in my excursion feels loose and floaty. It has a stabilizer in it but would an upgrade like you have help?
I would first recommend checking your tri rod ends and ball joints for play. Have some one get in the truck and turn the wheel back and forth to see if you can see any movement in the linkage. Have you adjusted the steering box yet? if not its very easy to do.
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I would first recommend checking your tri rod ends and ball joints for play. Have some one get in the truck and turn the wheel back and forth to see if you can see any movement in the linkage. Have you adjusted the steering box yet? if not its very easy to do.
I just broght the truck home so no Ihave not done any of that, I was told by the previous owner at least one of the ball joints is recently replaced. The steering box is prob worth a shot to. Do you know if there is a walkthrough on that anywhere?
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I just broght the truck home so no Have not done any of that, I was told by the previous owner at least one of the ball joints is recently replaced. The steering box is prob worth a shot to. Do you know if there is a walk through on that anywhere?
I'm sure there is but I cant recall where I have seen it. You can do it your self with a jack an a assistant. Look for things that are moving without the tires moving. You are looking for excessive play in the joints.
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great video. How much does that rancho system call (basically everything you just bought) I'm running a similiar Rough Country setup, but those steering stabilizers and brackets just seem like they are a better, stronger setup than the ones I'm running. I don't have nearly as bad as a death wobble as you showed..I think my alignment just might be off a smidge, but who knows, the kit I have on might not be as good either.
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