A car steering damper is a device designed to restrict the steering mechanism of a vehicle, preventing unwanted or undesirable steering effects. For example, in some high-performance motorbikes, such a device is factory fitted, which allows for easier steering and better control. A car steering damper may also be fitted to vehicles that do not have them as a default feature, which can add the same benefits to a vehicle. More modern designs of a car steering damper feature electronic assistance that further increases the benefits.
Car steering dampers vary in complexity, using hydraulic systems and electronic parts in some designs. For this reason the difficulty in fitting a steering damper also varies. Some vehicle owners can, as DIY mechanics, fit car steering dampers in their own time and do so effectively, but others may prefer to seek the help of a professional mechanic to ensure the job is done properly. Please keep in mind that in some areas it is required that the job be inspected by an expert to be verified as legal.
"A car steering damper will most commonly be found on motorcycles and bicycles, and have the benefit of avoiding a ""speed wobble"". This is of great assistance in improving the vehicle's stability and can even save lives. In some cases car steering dampers are used to balance out an unusual load on a vehicle, such as if a motorcycle is fitted with a sidecar. For more information about having a car steering damper fitted to your vehicle please contact a mechanic or specialist and specify the model or make of the vehicle you wish to be modified. "