Steering Damper Bracket Installation
There are some things that men are just expected to be good at-sports, hunting, eating meat, and repairing stuff. With that in mind, you should be able to take care of some simple DIY jobs, like replacing your busted steering damper bracket with a new one. Your steering damper boosts the suspension performance of your lifted vehicle. Thanks to this baby, you're able to enjoy easier steering, smoother handling, and better overall vehicle performance. Holding your steering damper in place is your damper bracket. Should this bracket corrode, then your damper bracket will not have ample support, which could impede its performance. To remedy such a problem, replace your busted bracket with a new one. Here's how.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Protective gloves
- Wrench set
- Torque wrench
- Tape Measurer
- Replacement steering damper bracket
Step 1: Put on safety equipment like gloves and goggles. Also make sure you're parked on a level surface.
Step 2: Straighten out the wheels of your vehicle. This should give you more access to the bracket, making it easier to replace.
Step 3: Locate the steering damper, which looks like a shock absorber and is horizontally attached to a bracket, near the passenger's side coil spring.
Step 4: Remove the cotter pin from the damper then loosen the castle nut. Lightly tap the castle nut with a hammer to remove the damper stud from the steering linkage. Remove the nut and take out the damper stud from the linkage.
Step 5: Remove the nut and bolt that hold the damper to the bracket. Remove the damper from the bracket by simply pulling it off.
Step 6: Remove your busted steering damper bracket.
Step 7: Install the new bracket by sliding the open end of the bracket over the flat spot (right side) of the tie rod assembly.
Step 8: From the end of the tie rod assembly, measure a distance of 10.75 inches using a tape measure and mark this point as reference.
NOTE: This measurement is recommended for Jeep vehicles only.
Step 9: Align the left edge of the steering damper bracket to the reference mark, with the bracket bolt threads pointing forwards and with the bolts parallel to the ground.
Step 10: Install the steering damper-to-axle bracket and steering damper bracket and tighten their bolts and nuts.
Step 11: After installation, turn the steering wheel full-right and then full-left three time to verify the damper bracket position. Reposition the bracket if necessary.