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98-99 HD T-Type steering damper

I just ordered all the parts needed to update/ change my 97 over to the 98-99 HD T-Type steering setup. But the 98-99 HD setup doesn't have a place for the stock steering damper.

So what are all you guys that have updated to the 98-99 HD steering doing for a damper??

Just not running one? Gone to a center axle dual setup?

I'm hoping there is some kind of readily available u-bolt / clamp on setup available to retain the damper in the factory position (not a big fan of the low axle mount dual setups , seems like they'd get damaged pretty easily off road), but I haven't found one yet.

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You could easily weld a tab onto your axle. I removed the one on my 98 and have not replaced it with anything and it hasnt been needed in my daily travels.

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I put a low mount single on mine like the 98+ have. DOR has a weld on bracket for the axle that mounts just below the track bar and then I used an OEM bracket & u bolts from a 98+ truck.

Worked out pretty well.

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Those are options but I'd like to keep the damper up high in the stock (for a 97) location. The U-bolts I would need would go around the drag link (the link coming from the pitman arm to the center link).

For those with low mount dampers (like blackDOHC) don't they get damaged easily?

I take my truck actually off-road occasionally (mostly for hunting because I'm to old / lazy to drag things to far out of the woods) and its seems to me that I'd dent the shock body on the first trip, making is so the internal shock piston couldn't move and it'd lock down my steering all together.

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I looked at dong something but I never noticed not having it so I didn't. I think the only bolt on one I have seen is a dual setup form Skyjacker IIRC. I too don't want anything hanging down as I am on forest service and /or logging roads a lot. I really haven't missed it.

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For those with low mount dampers (like blackDOHC) don't they get damaged easily?

I take my truck actually off-road occasionally (mostly for hunting because I'm to old / lazy to drag things to far out of the woods) and its seems to me that I'd dent the shock body on the first trip, making is so the internal shock piston couldn't move and it'd lock down my steering all together.
I've run a generic single clamp-on stabilizers on my '95 F350 and '93 W250. Both got their share of offroad time. Bracket broke once, but never beat up the stabilizer. The pumpkin hangs lower, and the tie-rod mostly protects it.

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Yea I haven't even hit it on anything yet. I offroad mine pretty frequently between running down the two-tracks by my house and heading down to the river.

I was looking at keeping a high mount setup but it looked like the damper would meet the drag link right at the adjusting collar anyway. So I went the way I did.

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I just did the HD steering upgrade about a month ago, went with moog parts, so far so good. I bought a new damper but I have yet installed it, I made a few brackets that I should be able to use to clamp in the same stock location on the drag link. I can try to take some pictures next time I’m in the garage, right now I got alternator issues haha.

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I've done it twice. Clamp on attachment points are available online.


Synergy 8003 is a 6 hex screw clamp

Rancho rs5525 is a 2 bolt clamp

Currie enterprises ce-9701sb is a different ubolt style.

One I ran a stabilizer to the drag link. The other I used bolts to a mount on the axle and ran it to the tie rod

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subscribed .. i want to see what people are doing too . im not too keen on it hanging so low also .
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I've done it twice. Clamp on attachment points are available online.


Synergy 8003 is a 6 hex screw clamp

Rancho rs5525 is a 2 bolt clamp

Currie enterprises ce-9701sb is a different ubolt style.

One I ran a stabilizer to the drag link. The other I used bolts to a mount on the axle and ran it to the tie rod
Thank you, these are what I was looking for.
Unfortunately the Synergy piece (my favorite of the three) only goes down to 1-3/8". My moog drag link is 1-1/8.
Couldn't find any size for the Rancho piece (it fit mid 80's Toyota's, so I guess I could figure out what size there drag links/ tie rods are)
The Currie piece fits to 1-1/4 tube and is made of steel. I figure maybe I can fill in 1/8" of space with a few small weld beads on the back of the bracket and a little grinding for a good fit. So I ordered one up from Amazon.

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Thank you, these are what I was looking for.
Unfortunately the Synergy piece (my favorite of the three) only goes down to 1-3/8". My moog drag link is 1-1/8.
Couldn't find any size for the Rancho piece (it fit mid 80's Toyota's, so I guess I could figure out what size there drag links/ tie rods are)
The Currie piece fits to 1-1/4 tube and is made of steel. I figure maybe I can fill in 1/8" of space with a few small weld beads on the bracket bracket and a little grinding for a good fit. So I ordered one up from Amazon.
I used the synergy and put it on the adjusting collar of the drag link I think. If I get a chance I'll rake pictures tomorrow.


Currie had excellent customer service. Called them And they went into the warehouse to open a package and confirm what came in it.

I bent the Rancho one during install.

Synergy is pretty but the 6 hex screws are a bit annoying if you have to remove and shift it

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