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Old 07-13-2003, 10:59 AM   #1
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steering stabilizer

I removed my steering stabilizer from my 1984 motor home today. I prepared for the worst based on reading all the posts. I purchased both size pickle forks from Advance but neither was the correct size. I found by heating the steering arm with a torch and then using a 3/4" open end wrench with a pipe extension on the location above the taper finally broke the taper loose. Beating on the nut and using a wrench without the extension did not work. I needed the two foot pipe extension to have enough leverage.
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Old 07-13-2003, 04:33 PM   #2
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Old 07-17-2003, 10:34 AM   #3
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Thumbs up removing tapered things

I find if one wacks the taper receiver, i.e. steering arm, (in the case of ball joints, the spindle) so as to "distort the taper" it helps (hitting on the side, if the taper is up and down ) this works extreamly well if one has an "air chisel" using a blunt round punch.
then using the blunt punch on the end of the threaded shaft, I like to keep the nut on as it kinda keeps the air punch centered ,also it keeps it from hitting you or "things" when it comes loose.
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Old 07-17-2003, 04:37 PM   #4
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I had a heck of a time getting mine off, but it was well worth the effort as the new Bilstein I installed makes the steering feel tight and more responsive on waffly roads. Never had much kick back before but the old stabilizer was mushy and worthless...probably was the original as it was a Delco.
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