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Sagecoachdriver 10-28-2015 09:44 PM

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.

newRVer 10-29-2015 06:52 AM

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?

NRVR

Sagecoachdriver 10-29-2015 09:35 AM

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

Sagecoachdriver 10-29-2015 03:20 PM

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

Sagecoachdriver 10-29-2015 05:36 PM

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.

sdgscott 10-29-2015 06:21 PM

Sounds good.

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

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

Scott

Marksha83 10-29-2015 06:39 PM

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. ����

Sagecoachdriver 10-29-2015 07:19 PM

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SDGScott [QUOTE]Did it tighten up the steering wheel "play" at all?
/QUOTE]
Yes it did, not 100% but a lot. As I mentioned, it was windy at times but did well.

Here's photos

sdgscott 10-29-2015 07:35 PM

24-174534 Bilstein 5100 Series ??

Get it on Amazon?

Scott

wana65stang 10-29-2015 07:36 PM

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

Sagecoachdriver 10-29-2015 07:42 PM

Wana65stang, yes and yes. From Amazon way cheaper.

Marksha83 10-29-2015 09:09 PM

That Bilstein looks a lot healthier than the crappy stock one! I may go this route, thanks for the info and pics.

Garrette 10-29-2015 09:47 PM

Thank you. Just ordered mine.


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Sagecoachdriver 10-29-2015 10:50 PM

Stabilizer dust cover
 
If you take a look at my photo, the dust cover seems to crunching up a little. It crunches up bad when I turn to the right and expands out when I turn to the left. Should I cut the tie strap holding it down or just forget it?
I went with this stabilizer instead of one that I would have to remove the OEM brackets and install new brackets extending out for clearance. This does just clear the linkage.

Deaver 10-29-2015 11:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Sagecoachdriver (Post 1023501)
Should I cut the tie strap holding it down or just forget it?

I would just forget it. Its purpose is to keep road grime from collecting on the Rod end of the shock. It is the rod end that goes in and out of the cylinder. The cover is not a structural part of the dampener(shock)

I have used this style as shock covers on off-road Jeeps to keep mud out of the shocks.

Sagecoachdriver 10-29-2015 11:35 PM

Reason for crunching
 
Took a closer look. The crunching of the boot is because of the linkage behind it. the boot makes contact with the linkage, but not the stabilize.

Marksha83 10-30-2015 07:38 AM

You should be able to loosen the U bolt brackets on the right a little and then rotate the stabilizer outward toward the front to gain some clearance then tighten the U bolts again. Take a look maybe that would work?

Sagecoachdriver 10-30-2015 10:12 AM

[QUOTE]You should be able to loosen the U bolt brackets on the right a little and then rotate the stabilizer outward toward the front to gain some clearance then tighten the U bolts again. Take a look maybe that would work?/QUOTE]
Thanks, will give it a try this morning.

Sagecoachdriver 10-30-2015 11:38 AM

Called Bilstein
 
Bilstein said to cut the tie strap holding the boot on and adjust it and re-strap . Will try that first.

Sagecoachdriver 10-30-2015 12:32 PM

Billets was right!
 
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I cut the tie strap and moved the dust boot up and inch, also it was twisted a half turn. Boot is fine now.
:)


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