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Stabilizer Kit Improves Ram Truck Steering
Don Timmer, better known as Big D, knows a truck problem when he experiences it firsthand. The Michigan inventor owned a Dodge Ram 1500 that tended to “wander” while traveling at highway speeds. Timmer says the problem wasn’t enough to put him in the ditch, but it was noticeable enough that he decided to do something about it.
  His solution was building a stabilizer made of 1/4-in. thick cold rolled steel and attaching it to the frame rails on both sides of the truck. With the bar in place, he added an extension to the sector shaft, then mounted an additional bearing that connected to the stabilizer bar.
  Timmer says tying the frame rails together and inserting the bearing eliminates the flexing that causes steering to be slow or sluggish. It also eliminates road wander and sloppy steering issues. Timm now builds and sells the kits for 2-WD or 4-WD Ram trucks built from 1994 through 2002. Versions are available for 1500, 2500 and 3500 models. A new design fits trucks from 2003 to 2008, and 2009 to 2014.
  Timmer says the real beauty of the kit is that it fixes a nuisance problem for about $120. His company builds the kit without a lot of overhead so they can sell it for a reasonable price and help people out. When they buy from Big D they’re buying right from the manufacturer, no middleman involved, says Timmer. He sells the kit with a 100 percent money-back guarantee and ships only to customers in the U.S.
  Timmer says installing the kit is very easy, even for an inexperienced mechanic. There isn’t any drilling or welding required and mounting requires only hand tools. A floor jack and a wood block hold the sway bar in place while the steering box bracket is installed to each side. The bearing slides easily over the sector shaft extension, then it’s bolted in place.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Big D Offroad, LLC, 4177 82nd St., Byron Center, Mich. 49315 (ph 616 299-0261; www.dodgeramsteeringstabilizer.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3