Steering Stabilizer

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I have a 1978 40. I did a 60 series power steering conversion back in the day.

I would like to add a steering stabilizer to this Cruiser. Currently, the 40 has no stabilizer.

The bushings in the front suspension are over 10 years old, and it has probably been that long since I rebuilt the knuckles, so yeah, time for both of those.

In addition to those, I would still like to find and fit a functional steering stabilizer.
 

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I think about this item on and off, but I was looking through @dmaddox awesome thread about his '78 40 restoration, and saw this pic:

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From here: Builds - 1978 US Market FJ40 Factory Reset - https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/1978-us-market-fj40-factory-reset.1084111/page-36#post-14643309
 

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Dallas found a factory stabilizer, and it is cool to see that it mounts to the back of the crossmember mount, and underneath the center link.

Foe my set up, I have a 70 series TRE at the steering box. It is more or less in line with the crossmember mount
I think I will have to mount to the back of the crossmember mount, and to the back of the TRE.
I am not sure if the mount holes are tapered?

(Don't judge - my stuff is not as pretty as @dmaddox )

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I saw that the OEM piece that @dmaddox had was from KYB, so I contacted them.

Their support was funny, they said "Sorry, but we do not have a steering stabilizer even close to the required specifications."

I asked if they had anything close, and they sent me P/N ss10333.

They just sent the p/n, no dims. when I looked it up, it looks like compressed = 13.18", and extended length = 21".

Hmm... 🤔

The OEM piece:

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The KYB SS10333:
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Note the cool ends on the OEM piece (I think it even has grease fittings!), and the open eyes on the SS10333.

I asked KYB if they have studs for mounting, they said they do not.

All that said - what stabilizers are you all running for modified 40 steering set ups?
 
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Steering stabilizers are nothing more than a shock absorber with a 50/50 valving. A simple setup has mounting brackets for attaching one end to the axle housing and another mount to connect to the steering. For under $100 you can pick up a setup like this.

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Here is a link.

There are a lot of us running around without a stabilizer. To do this everything in the suspension and steering needs to be tight/not worn out.
 
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60 series stabilizer and pickup TRE.
Found it. Stock 40 Tie Rod, 80-81 Toyota Pickup 4x4 TRE. The Pickup TRE gives me the extra 5” of length in the Tie Rod assembly, and the extra hole gives me a mount for a stock steering stabilizer if I decide to run one. If the 40 stabilizer doesn’t have enough travel I’ll switch to a 60 series which does have more travel.
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Forgive my ignorance but how does the 60 series conversion change your steering? I've never dealt with one so I don't know.
 
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Check out the Tough Dog line of products. Toughdog.com.au

I replaced my damper, at the factory mounting points, with their RTC setup. IMHO a good piece of kit. Especialy in washboard type conditions.

They make a conventional style damper(s) in a HD/ EXT HD configuration as well.
 

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Have been down this road on my 73’. Called a few cruiser shops to get stabilizer dimensions and couldn’t find an OEM fit that had the right specs. Found out a Monroe SC2915 unit fits the bill with no mods.

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This looks good - It looks like you mounted the stabilizer behind both mounts.

Do you have a side view to show how the two mounts align?
 

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Steering stabilizers are nothing more than a shock absorber with a 50/50 valving. A simple setup has mounting brackets for attaching one end to the axle housing and another mount to connect to the steering. For under $100 you can pick up a setup like this.

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Here is a link.

There are a lot of us running around without a stabilizer. To do this everything in the suspension and steering needs to be tight/not worn out.
I agree. If everything was in good shape, I should not need it.
And then there is the part of me that wonders why Mr T outfitted brand-new Cruisers with stabilizers by design? 🤔
So, I will search for one. Ideally one that uses the mounts that came from the factory.
 

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60 series stabilizer and pickup TRE.
Found it. Stock 40 Tie Rod, 80-81 Toyota Pickup 4x4 TRE. The Pickup TRE gives me the extra 5” of length in the Tie Rod assembly, and the extra hole gives me a mount for a stock steering stabilizer if I decide to run one. If the 40 stabilizer doesn’t have enough travel I’ll switch to a 60 series which does have more travel.
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Well I honestly don't know why I never checked on a 60 series mount to begin with, but it looks like they would work!


Monroe SC2916
 

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