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Just a quick bit of information that may help others.

I replaced the power steering damper strut, a couple of days ago, and the difference to the accuracy of the steering is huge. It took 20 minutes and I couldn't believe the improvement, no more leaping and hopping on a bumpy road.

I bought a Bilstein steering damper from Rimmer Bros. and it is worth every penny.

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If you really do have death wobble as you say, I would be careful with just writing off the steering stabilizer being the fix. Most of the time, an upgraded steering stabilizer will just mask the true problem. If I were you, take a close look and test the balljoints on both sides of your rover. Then check all the tie-rod ends for the drag link and anti roll bar links and bushings.
 

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don't forget to get your wheels balanced as this is the real issue for wheel shimming(poor tyre ware most likely brought about by poor steering components)?
 

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The Rimmer bros video series on Death Wobble, 3 parts, at least shows the cheapest to most expensive way to approach the repair. I never did find the 4th part mentioned in part 3.

Don't forget an alignment if you are overdue or showing tire wear. I would do that anyway just so you start from a known good position.
 

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Thanks for all the replies.

My tyres, tracking and balance are all correct as I have just fitted new Pirelli road tyres, and I had those things done at the time of fitting the tyres.

But, I will have a look at the issues mentioned by DaGlitch over the next week or so. I will be replacing the drag link and anti-roll bar bushes fairly shortly.

But, the vehicles doesn't wander anywhere near a badly as it did before I changed the steering damper.

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Tyres, wheel nuts, spigot rings, balanced wheels, steering damper (but DaGLitch's comment is spot on, and when I got mine my damper was covering a whole load of issues), anti roll bushes, dampers, track road ends/ drag link, radius arm bushes, panhard rod. (if you have lift or coil conversion then there's probably a few other things to consider
It's easy to follow the Rimmer videos sequentially and replace stuff that doesn't need doing I know I did :eek:) If you have poly bushes in the radius arms start there... after six months of messing that's what did it for me - that and changing the wheel nuts from what the PO gave me for a new set.
 

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I will follow these suggestions when I get the vehicle in for a service shortly. I will replace the anti-roll bar bushes and track rod ends first, and I have already asked my garage guy to order the parts. They should arrive in a week or so.

Thanks for the advice, much appreciated.

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I had a similar condition, I started by rotating the tires, then replaced the steering damper ( which I learned in hindsight that it only helps with steering wheel “kick”) then the sway bar links and bushings, finally I took the car to a specialist, he test drove the car, and first thing he said; tires, but I protested saying I just rotated them and it didn’t work, but he insisted.
Only when he raised the car off the pavement ( which I did not do) did I see the belts had slipped on one of the tires, and that thing looked alien!
Needless to say: after putting on my winter set, all is good.


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