When lifting your truck, you will get a bit of extra sway and body roll - naturally you have just lifted the centre of gravity and the vehicle will want to move around more. One solution to prevent the steering from wandering and vibrations to be minimised is with the addition of a Steering Stabiliser.
Steering stabilisers are a popular aftermarket accessory for off-road vehicles that provide improved steering performance and stability. They help to reduce the effects of steering wheel vibrations and wandering, providing a more controlled and comfortable driving experience.
When it comes to choosing a steering stabiliser, one of the decisions you will need to make is whether to opt for a single or dual shock setup. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so let's take a closer look at each option.
Single Shock Stabilisers
A single shock stabiliser is the simpler of the two options, consisting of a single hydraulic shock absorber mounted in line with the steering linkage. This setup can help to reduce steering wheel feedback and dampen vibration, improving overall steering feel and control.
One of the primary advantages of a single shock stabiliser is that it's typically less expensive than a dual shock setup. It's also a more straightforward installation process, requiring less hardware and fewer modifications to your vehicle.
However, a single shock stabiliser may not be suitable for heavier vehicles or those with larger tires. They may not provide enough damping force to counteract the increased weight and larger tire size, resulting in reduced stability and performance.
Dual Shock Stabilisers
A dual shock stabiliser setup, on the other hand, consists of two hydraulic shock absorbers mounted parallel to each other, with one mounted on each side of the steering linkage. This configuration provides twice the damping force of a single shock stabilizer, making it better suited for heavier vehicles and larger tire sizes.
Another advantage of a dual shock stabiliser is that it offers increased durability and longevity. With two shocks working in tandem, the overall wear and tear on each individual shock is reduced, meaning that they should last longer and require less frequent maintenance.
However, a dual shock setup is typically more expensive than a single shock stabiliser, and it also requires more installation work and additional hardware. This means that it may not be the best option for those on a tight budget or those who don't have the necessary mechanical skills to perform the installation themselves.
Fox Steering Stabilisers
Some of the BDS Suspension Lift Kits have optional steering stabilisers. Make sure to check the BDS suspension section on the Outback Kitters website to find the right setup for your vehicle. There are Single and Dual Fox 2.0 Steering Stabiliser set ups, and some even include a Fox 2.0 Remote Reservoir ATS (Adjustable Through Shaft) shock option with 24 clicks of external adjustment to fine tune the feel.
Ultimately, the choice between a single or dual shock stabiliser comes down to your individual needs and preferences. If you have a lighter vehicle with smaller tires and are looking for an affordable and straightforward solution to improve your steering stability, a single shock stabiliser may be the best option for you. However, if you have a heavier vehicle like an F250 or Chev 2500 with larger tires and want the most durable and effective steering stabiliser setup possible, a dual shock stabiliser may be the better choice.
You can find the entire BDS Suspension catalogue on the Outback Kitters website here: https://outbackkitters.au/collections/bds-suspension