I’m thinking of fitting a steering damper to my Series III to reduce kickback off-road. There are a few options: a base-model oil damper, a mid-price gas damper and an expensive gas damper. Which should I choose?
Chris Rhodes Northampton
First, don’t expect miracles – the damper will only dampen kickback, not stop it. The standard ones work fairly well and last a long time. The cheaper gas ones can soon leak and then not work at all. The best ones are, not surprisingly, the most expensive.
You don’t want one that’s too stiff, or it’ll make your steering harder to turn. You’ll also need a track rod bracket and a mounting bracket on the axle (some Series vehicles already have this, so do check). Also, in about 1979, the damper type changed to a bolt-on one.