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Old 10-28-2015, 09:44 PM   #1
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Bilstein steering stabilizer

Had an alignment on my 2016 Forester and the shop recommended getting a different steering stabilizer. Has anyone seen a difference in handling with the Bilstein? I eventually want to change the shocks to Bilsteins also. I had them on my Winnebago and saw an immediate difference in handling. But never changed the stabilizer as I installed a Steersafe. I removed the Steersafe from my Winnebago prior to selling it and believe it fits the Forester.
I know there are other products out there by Roadmaster and Safe-T besides the Steersafe. But for now, I'm asking about the Bilstein stabilizer.
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:52 AM   #2
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Sagecoach,

Did you have the alignment done using standard Ford Specs or did you use the modified specs I've seen posted here a few times?

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Old 10-29-2015, 09:35 AM   #3
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I'm not sure what they did.

Before:
Left camber .75+
Right camber .75+
Left caster 2.00+
Right Caster 2.00+
Tot: 1/2"
After
Left camber 0
Right camber 0
Left Caster 1.50+
Right Caster 1.75+
Toe 1/16" in
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Installed it this morning

Had to run out and buy an 18mm socket. No rubbing and about to test drive it.
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Tested

Drove well, noticeably less wandering and more control. Almost unhanded steering now, but this was under windy conditions. May be GREAT when calm. Less effect from trucks passing.
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:21 PM   #6
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Sounds good.

I want to put some miles on mine after alignment first.

Did it tighten up the steering wheel "play" at all?

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I am following your opinions Sagecoachdriver as we just purchased a 2016 Coachmen Leprechaun 319 DS in August and I have been researching adding a Bilstein stabilizer or Roadmaster or Safe T Plus to my E450 chassis. I drove in high winds a month ago and it was interesting to say the least. But overall when the winds are normal I had one hand on the wheel and not bad at all. My only issue so far is I want to improve the steering some. Look forward to your evaluation and opinions. ����
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SDGScott [QUOTE]Did it tighten up the steering wheel "play" at all?
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Yes it did, not 100% but a lot. As I mentioned, it was windy at times but did well.

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24-174534 Bilstein 5100 Series ??

Get it on Amazon?

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Sagecoachdriver Did you replace the OEM damper with that unit, if so was it a direct replacement ?
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