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Old 09-22-2017, 11:27 AM   #1
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I have read many post on here about steering dampers and understand they do not fix the problem. I have too much play in my 32 steering box and sometimes I can tell I am on the edge of a wobble. Until I can fix the box, I decided to try a SoCal damper. Wow, much more stable. I am now more at ease driving. Thanks for the help.
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Old 09-22-2017, 01:49 PM   #2
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I got one for mine, but have not installed it yet. I'm trying to figure out the best way to anchor it to the radius rod. I'm wondering why the angle on that end?
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I got one for mine, but have not installed it yet. I'm trying to figure out the best way to anchor it to the radius rod. I'm wondering why the angle on that end?
It's angled because it is actually made to fit a VW bug.

You can hook it to the wishbone; but I usually see them mounted between the axle and tie rod.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:06 PM   #4
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I didn't try it there, I'll see if it is possible, I have holes in my axle.
Rice, how did you mount yours?
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:35 PM   #5
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A steering damper is actually a coverup for one or more problems with the front axle, wheels, and the steering gear or associated linkage. Usually it shows up as an uncontrollable shimmy that requires slowing or stopping to make it stop. Check for a slightly bent wheel or out of round tire by swapping front and back wheels. Be sure the steering box is well fastened to the frame, and that the pitman are is tight on its shaft.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:04 PM   #6
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All 5 of my deuces have steering dampers and they all have new suspension. I just do it because it makes driving more of a pleasure. I get mine from either So-Cal or Pete and Jake's.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:21 PM   #7
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I love them. I anchor them to the wishbone with a flatpiece welded to the wishbone to spread the load out and the lug welded to flat piece.
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:56 PM   #8
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I put one on my 46 pickup/woodie last week and I had gone through the front end but it's even better with a damper. A lot of newer cars came with them and of course their front ends were factory new.
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Old 09-22-2017, 11:26 PM   #9
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they are not only to cure a problem but also take a lot of shock out of the wheels. have one on my '41 and helps a lot especially on diagonal seams going on and off highway bridges.
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I put a VW damper on my AV8 and it works great especially on diagonal bumps and hi/low ruts. The VW part is inexpensive so shop around. No need to go to SoCal.
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RalphM, I straighten the bend on the rod, attached a piece of angle to the wishbone and put the bolt through that. I did put new threads on the bolt all the way up.
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I put a VW damper on my AV8 and it works great especially on diagonal bumps and hi/low ruts. The VW part is inexpensive so shop around. No need to go to SoCal.
What years and model VW do you ask for?
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:17 AM   #13
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Any year type 1sedan or air cooled bus.
Most all foreign parts suppliers stock them
Or on-line vendors that specialize in VW.
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Old 09-23-2017, 12:29 PM   #14
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RalphM, I straighten the bend on the rod, attached a piece of angle to the wishbone and put the bolt through that. I did put new threads on the bolt all the way up.
I straightened out mine also. Made a bracket and mounted to the wishbone too.
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RalphM, I straighten the bend on the rod, attached a piece of angle to the wishbone and put the bolt through that. I did put new threads on the bolt all the way up.
I thought if heating and straightening it, but didn't want to weaken it at the tip, or heat the rod enough to cause the seal to leak.
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I did not heat mine. I put it in a vise and tapped on it near the end, and it bent easily.
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Ieft it bent at the angle and tacked the lug to the plate on the wishbone and worked the wheels left to right and it found its happy placed then tacked the other end of the lug amd worked it and again left to right to make sure it didnt bind. Then took it apart and welded up the lug.
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Not sure of the year, probably 1970's. These dampers came on the Super Beetles
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I found a Moog part number online. SSD58. Im going to check with a local import parts warehouse in the morning
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:11 AM   #20
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Standard VW damper on E-Bay priced from 23-33 dollars
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Old 09-24-2017, 03:34 PM   #21
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I thought if heating and straightening it, but didn't want to weaken it at the tip, or heat the rod enough to cause the seal to leak.
Pull the rod out and wrap it with wet rags. Heat about an inch and straighten it out.
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Old 09-24-2017, 04:58 PM   #22
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Sounds moderately interesting. Can someone post a picture of one mounted on a 35 or 36?
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Just use a VW one would be cheap in the US, make your own mounts. Don't use to cover a problem, it's good insurance.
Lawson here's the one I made for my 35 pickup.
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Old 09-25-2017, 08:51 AM   #24
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Are you attaching these to the tie rod or drag link?
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