April 18, 2017

What is a Steering Stabilizer?

Contrary to popular belief, It’s not a magic cure for a wandering truck and it won’t fix your death-wobble. Well, it may mask Death Wobble but read our other blog article if you’re after a fix… I digress; It’s simply a damper designed for your steering. A Steering Damper’s purpose is to increase steering predictability while minimizing volatility, road noise and driver fatigue. Simply put, a good steering stabilizer will stabilize the steering; shocker, right?

Stock Steering Stabilizers are designed for stock steering and stock tires. They work well in this application (for about 50,000 miles) and ONLY this application. Throw on a Carli kit and some 35” or 37” tires and you’ll be left wanting. When the tire size increases, the stabilizer should be upgraded as well. Larger, aftermarket tires are significantly heavier and harder to control than factory tires, even in on-road applications.

With all the stabilizers offered, it’s easy to get lost. So which is right for your application?
There are two main types of stabilizers, Emulsion and IFP (Internal Floating Piston). Both are “gas” charged and contain oil. Emulsion shocks are often significantly cheaper than their IFP counterpart. These dampers mix the oil with the gas charge. Although the oil is pressurized by the gas, emulsion shocks do not function well in horizontally mounted applications; i.e. steering stabilizers. When mounted on its side, the oil rests on the bottom as it’s heavier than the gas which rises to the top. The result, a piston that’s only half-submerged in oil. When the piston starts working back and forth, it’s sloshing and foaming the oil offering almost no damping. These are the stabilizers you’ll normally find in cheaper, dual steering stabilizer kits that are more for aesthetics than performance.

All Carli Stabilizers are IFP’s.
Our preferred stabilizer design is the IFP. This stabilizer chambers the gas in the end of the shock opposite to the shaft. There is a “floating piston” inside the shock body which maintains the separation of gas and oil. The purpose of the gas charge is to hold pressure on the piston and thus, the oil. This design ensures the piston remains fully submerged resulting in valving that is 100% active, while preventing cavitation (foaming) of the oil. The result: superior, more predictable damping than an emulsion style shock.


Carli Stabilizers:
As mentioned, all Carli Stabilizers are IFP in design. That said, not all IFP shocks are created equal. Our proprietary stabilizers run a custom valving profile and small shaft diameter as we’ve found this combination best in steering damper applications. Their fully-rebuildable construction boasts a Stainless Steel body with Machined Billet Aluminum Rod ends housing precision 1/2” Spherical Bearings topped off with a hardened Black Nitride Shaft. The stabilizer’s nitrogen chamber is adjustable from 70psi to 200psi allowing customers to correct for radial tire-pull. If no pull exists, the Stabilizer can be set from 70psi to 100psi as this neutral range will pressurize the oil for proper function without biasing correcting in either direction.

We offer a High Mount and a Low Mount Stabilizer for 2003 to Current Rams and a High-Mount for 2005+ Super Duties. The following configuration options are available:

RAM:

2003-13 2500 4x4, 2003-12 3500 4x4: NOTE: There are “T” and “Y” suffixes following these part numbers referring to their mounting application on different model years. Typically, 2003-08 use the “Y” style steering and 08.5+ use the “T”. These suffixes have been excluded from the below for simplification.

CS-DLMSS-03 Low Mount Steering Stabilizer:
This stabilizer replaces your factory steering stabilizer with our IFP Unit. It’s orientation allows for correction of right-hand radial pull by adjusting the nitrogen pressure. A Differential Guard and Diff-Guard Bracket can be added to reverse the stabilizer’s orientation allowing left-hand radial pull correction. A “Y” Clamp is needed to adapt this to the 2003-08 factory steering linkage whether run in standard or reversed orientation from the Diff Guard.

CS-DHMSS-03 High Mount Steering Stabilizer:
The High-Mount adds a secondary stabilizer out of harm’s way to the upper steering link, the drag-link. There are no provisions from the factory for an upper stabilizer; thus, we provide a bracket for the frame side and a billet clamp for the upper-tie-rod-end on the steering. It’s orientation allows for correction of right-hand radial pull by adjusting the nitrogen pressure. When a severe right-hand pull is encountered, this stabilizer can be combined with the above low-mount for double the correction; both pushing toward the driver’s side. This combination provides fantastic damping as there will be one stabilizer on each steering link. This stabilizer should only be run in conjunction with a low-mount as it’s not designed to be an only stabilizer.

CS-DSSOK Opposing Steering Stabilizer Kit:
This Kit includes both the above Low-Mount and High Mount Stabilizers with the addition of the Differential Guard and Bracket. The purpose of the Differential Guard and Bracket are to provide an alternate means of mounting the low-mount stabilizer, changing its direction of correction. Mounting the fixed side of the stabilizer on the Diff Guard Bracket and the clamp to the steering effects a push toward the passenger side to counter the High-Mount Stabilizer’s push toward the driver’s side. This is the best correction offered as it provides a completely adjustable steering stabilization package that can be set to neutral for trucks that drive true, or adjusted respective to any radial pull one could encounter while offering protection for the differential.

2014- Current 2500 Ram 4x4, 2013- Current 3500 Ram 4x4

CS-DLMSS-14 Low Mount Steering Stabilizer:
This stabilizer replaces your factory steering stabilizer with our IFP unit and a tie-rod bracket to ensure easy installation and proper functionality. It’s orientation allows for correction of left-hand radial pull by adjusting the nitrogen pressure.

CS-DHMSS-14 High Mount Steering Stabilizer:
The High-Mount adds a secondary stabilizer out of harm’s way to the upper steering link, the drag-link. There are no provisions from the factory for an upper stabilizer; thus, we provide a bracket for the frame side and a billet clamp for the upper-tie-rod-end on the steering. It’s orientation allows for correction of right-hand radial pull by adjusting the nitrogen pressure. Combining this with the Carli Low-Mount Stabilizer above is the best correction offered providing a completely adjustable steering stabilization for trucks that drive true, while being fully adjustable respective to any radial pull one could encounter. Further, the combination provides fantastic damping as there will be one stabilizer on each steering link. This stabilizer should only be run in conjunction with a low-mount as it’s not designed to be an only stabilizer.

FORD: 2005-16 Super Duty F250/F350 4x4

CS-FHMSS-08 High Mount Steering Stabilizer:
This stabilizer replaces your factory steering stabilizer with our IFP Unit. It’s orientation allows for correction of right-hand radial pull by adjusting the nitrogen pressure.