The DSS, also known as the "Darin's Steering Stabilizer" is designed to eliminate steering wander in the Dodge Ram pickups. It does this by adding an additional bearing to the bottom of the steering box sector shaft and by adding an additional cross member tying the frame rails together eliminating frame flex.
If your truck is not steering the way you would like it to, first check all your steering components. A loose tie-rod end or trackbar obviously must be replaced. Poor wheel alignment must also be corrected. A steering box that has a loose sector shaft is often an overlooked cause of poor steering.
Most (99%) of the trucks we've checked do have some detectable play in the sector shaft which will be eliminated by this stabilizer.
We supply a replacement pitman arm nut for the steering box which is manufactured with an integral extension shaft. This new nut/shaft is then supported by an outboard bearing and housing. The bracket/crossmember assembly is provided as a rigid mounting point for this bearing. The majority of the forces in moving the tie rod are now borne by the truck's frame rails, instead of the sector shaft bushing(s). The bushing wear in these boxes is accelerated by the "dropped" pitman arm which magnifies the side loads applied to the steering box. The outboard bearing eliminates this load on the sector shaft - the "wandering" effects of a loose sector shaft bushing are eliminated. Essentially no load is borne by the original lower bushings.
There is no drilling or welding required for installation. You will need a 1-5/16" regular socket and a 1-1/4" deep socket to install the replacement sector shaft nut. A helper is nice to have, to help position the sway-bar and stabilizer back up against the truck's frame. We can put one on in under 10 minutes. Most people report that it takes well under an hour.