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Old October 25th, 2008, 20:16
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Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

I have done a bunch of these and the longer they have been on there the harder they fight to stay on. I have used heat and a hammer, pickle forks, removed the whole drag link assembly and pressed them out, you name it-I've tried it!

My sons XJ needed a new one since the original had 200k+ on it and was puking oil out of it.

I tried a new method today that netted in a simple 10 minuet job.

Tools needed:
Side cutters to remove cotter pin
3/4" box end wrench to remove castle nut
4" angle grinder and cut off wheel
Ball joint press, you can rent the one I own from AutoZone or Advance Auto.

First, remove the cotter pin and castle nut.

Cut off the shaft at the drag link end (as close as you can) with the cut off wheel.


Place the ball joint press over the the drag link end of the damper and tighten the press. I used the 2" receiving cup to slip over the head of the damper. I tightened the press as tight as I could get it by hand with a 1/2" ratchet and when I went to get a breaker bar it popped loose while I was at the tool box!



Remove the axle end of the damper and install the new one. I use the Monroe brand and replace them every year or so. The replacements are much easier since the stud does not need to be removed from the drag link.



The "new" installed damper.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 20:47
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

a TRE remover has always worked for me
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Old October 25th, 2008, 21:06
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

Wierd, I didn't have any problem removing the stock stabilizer on mine that was there for 13 years.

Also why in the heck are you replacing it every year?
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Old October 25th, 2008, 21:07
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

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a TRE remover has always worked for me
I've used those as well and broke a couple in the process.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 21:10
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

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Wierd, I didn't have any problem removing the stock stabilizer on mine that was there for 13 years.

Also why in the heck are you replacing it every year?
I've always had issues replacing the stock units, never the replacements.

They tend to not last much more than that
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Old October 26th, 2008, 09:13
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

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a TRE remover has always worked for me
3X, actually that's about all I have ever used mine for. I've never needed it for a TRE

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Old October 26th, 2008, 09:17
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

Any job that the first thing I see in the picture is a cutoff tool, is fine in my book!!!
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Old October 26th, 2008, 10:27
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

My stock OEM went at around 55K, puked all it's oil out. Replaced with a rancho. I did damage to my self trying to get it out, took it to a shop and it sounded like a gunshot when it let go.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 13:20
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

I managed to wedge mine out with a pair a cold chisels. Replaced with the Rancho using the stud like the one pictured above.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 15:35
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

Pittman arm puller work's good for this job too.
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Old October 27th, 2008, 16:10
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

Why on earth would you want to use any method that doesn't allow enough time for a beer break?
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Old August 14th, 2011, 16:44
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

Sorry to revive such an old thread, but I thought it better than starting a new one. xjtrailrider, did you have to cut off the shaft to get the ball joint press to go over it? And if so, how did you get the press rod to "center" if the part over the damper head was off-center due to the shaft stub?

Can anyone tell me what is a ball joint press rated for, as opposed to a pitman arm puller?

As I just posted over on Another Forum That Shall Not Be Named, I've used 2 cans of PB Blaster on this over the last couple weeks, propane-torched it until the metal turned white-ish and remaining rubber in the tube end melted and dripped off, hit it with BFH on side and nut/bolt so many times the threads are hopelessly mangled (a loosened but left-on castle nut just skipped threads), and have broken a 3-arm puller and two pitman arm pullers. The guys at HF are looking at me funny when I come in now.

I may try this ball joint press idea, or I may try cutting off the top of the bolt and drilling it out. Or I may just buy a new drag link. I am open to other ideas.
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Old August 14th, 2011, 23:36
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

Use oxy-acetylene if you have it and heat the sucker with a 6k*F flame.
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Old August 15th, 2011, 11:24
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

I wouldn't use a puller or press from Harbor Freight. They just can't stand the strain and you could be injured when they fail. Rent a decent TRE remover from the parts store, or invest in a quality one like OTC.

Good luck!

Greg
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Old August 16th, 2011, 07:23
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Re: Stock steering damper removal, the easy way!

I used one of these things. It's from Harbor Freight. Also used it to get the steering knuckles off when I did my ball joints. It works pretty good.

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