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Old 03-06-2006, 01:51 AM
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stupid question--steering stabilizer same as a shock

Hi again,

I know this will sound stupid to everyone, but what is the difference between a steering stabilizer and a regular shock absorber?

I know they mount differently, but they look the same otherwise.

Can someone enlighten me, please?

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The main difference is that its valved differently. Street shocks are often times 60/40 with a soft damping for control and ride quality. Performance handling shocks are typically 60/40 to 70/30 with a tighter damping to control the stiffer spring rates often associated with handling suspensions. Drag shocks are usually 90/10 to promote weight transfer but are unsuitable for street use.

Steering dampers are always 50/50 and have damping that is matched to the steering system. Obviously a monster truck with 78" tires needs more damping than an 4x4 truck with 31" tires.

So that was the long answer. The short answer is: not much is different except damping rates, but you can't simply mount any shock to a steering stabilizer and expect it to work.
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Good enough answer....thank you.
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