2003 through mid-year 2008 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4x4 trucks must be closely examined to determine if any 2009 and later parts (2nd Design) have been previously installed.
These trucks may experience front end shimmy in rough terrain. To address this problem, the OEM redesigned the entire steering linkage in mid-year 2008 (5/08 & later).
Examine the steering damper attachment point as follows:
· (1st Design) If the steering damper is bolted through a tapered hole in the RH inner connecting tie rod, as originally equipped, the parts have not been altered. It is acceptable to install parts designed for the 2003-2008 model years.
· (2nd design) If the steering damper is attached to the RH outer tie rod end utilizing a bracket consisting of two U-style bolts, the steering components of the affected vehicle have been replaced with 2009 model year components.