Bought these recently at an auction, question is, where do these mount and which one should be used if one is better than another???
The best place for them is hanging on the wall as a conversation piece. If your steering is wobbly, fix it. It's better to cure the malady than to try covering it up with a bandage.
They were a popular after mkt accessory in the day. My old 24 came with them and I put em back on after rebuilding the front end. As Steve says they shouldn't be used for a fix. KGB
They also wear grooves in the tie rod and spindle arms.
I agree with Steve.
my steering spring,.... found it at a flea market
I'm not so sure they were "steering stabilizer springs" as they were anti-rattle devices. Whatever they are, long term use will result in grooves worn in tie-rod, drag link, etc. I know this for a fact, as the '23 Touring I bought a few years ago was equipped with such springs and I have the "wear grooves" to prove it!
Shawn, your steering stabilizer is much better engineered than the anti rattler springs in the original post. No problem trying it on your car - I've got one myself, but only the axle part. If anyone happens to have an extra fitting tie rod clamp, I would be interested
I have them on the tie rod, drag link, and brake rods on my '14. Looks like Rodney has all three sizes.
Here is the answer to your question Rodney. All they really do is conceal a deeper problem of worn steering components by adding tension to those parts to try and eliminate rattles and shakes. It's better to fix the problem with new parts than use these springs.
I still have two NOS set to stop rattle in brake rods. I doubt I will ever have the nerve to put them on a car.They also made one for steering rods.
Thanks for all the helpful tips... I have replace all the bushings/pins since restoring my T in the last 4 years... Still have a problem with occasionally wanting to abruptly veer (maybe that's normal for a 100 year old vehicle??) to one side or the other when I hit a bump or uneven spot in the road (95% better than in the video) even now??? This video is the first time we had it running and as we turned first corner, the wheels tried to take a much sharper turn than I had turned the steering wheel, so that was a first priority to get the play out of the steering linkage... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3vHaHKbb24
your steering arm on end of steering shaft must be TIGHT...if not, will contribute to what you're experiencing. Nearly every restored (or otherwise) T that I've come across, has the steering arm and/or rear axle nuts that are not tight. Take a look...
Darting, as you are describing, is NOT normal
They are too easy to install or remove to do much good. There's not enough tension in any of the few I've been involved with to impress me. A correct fix might even be less expensive.
My uncle, George Teters, called them "Antler Rattlers". Uncle George (born 1908) acquired his first antique auto, a 1908 Mitchell, in 1932. He traded his Model T speedster straight across for the Mitchell. Of course he didn't think of the T as an "antique".