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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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Old 10-29-2015, 03:20 PM   #4
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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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Old 10-29-2015, 05:36 PM   #5
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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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Old 10-29-2015, 06:39 PM   #7
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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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Old 10-29-2015, 07:19 PM   #8
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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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Old 10-29-2015, 07:35 PM   #9
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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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Old 10-29-2015, 07:42 PM   #11
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Wana65stang, yes and yes. From Amazon way cheaper.
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Old 10-29-2015, 09:09 PM   #12
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That Bilstein looks a lot healthier than the crappy stock one! I may go this route, thanks for the info and pics.
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Thank you. Just ordered mine.


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Old 10-29-2015, 10:50 PM   #14
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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.
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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.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:35 PM   #16
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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.
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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?
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[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.
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Old 10-30-2015, 11:38 AM   #19
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Called Bilstein

Bilstein said to cut the tie strap holding the boot on and adjust it and re-strap . Will try that first.
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:32 PM   #20
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Billets was right!

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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