Yes, the steering damper does make a difference. It absorbs some of the shock transmitted to the steering wheel. Easy and inexpensive repair. Most of the dampers seem to be Boge units, and cost $30 or less right here at PartShop and FastLane. Easy to do, only two bolts hold it in place. Try doing a search on steering shock of damper, has been often discussed.
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