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Fluid-Free Shimmy Dampers Where to Buy

Shimmy DamperThe LORD Fluid-Free Shimmy Damper offers high-performance damping with a maintenance-free design. It uses surface-effect technology to provide consistent damping for nose gears. Instead of using fluids to resist motion, our Shimmy Damper features a unique rubber formulation with a high-tech lubricant to absorb nose wheel shimmy. Since there is no fluid, this damper will not leak.

Accelerated life testing of the LORD Shimmy Damper demonstrates that it performs in excess of 5,000 ground-air-ground duty cycles. This represents a product life of more than 10 years of usage on the typical high-use aircraft. Just 10 to 20 drops of fluid leakage can cut the performance of a traditional, hydraulic damper in half. But, with the LORD Shimmy Damper, vibration control remains constant. Due to its surface effect design, the Shimmy Damper's spring rate, force and energy dissipation can be precisely controlled over time and within a wide range of temperatures. This same patented technology has been proven with more than 10 years in the aerospace industry.

Where are LORD Solutions Currently Used?

LORD solutions can be found on various fixed wing aircraft. LORD is both an OEM and MRO solution provider - if you are an owner or operator of one of these platforms, please visit our MRO Services page.


Features and Benefits

  • Valuable — Simple design provides high reliability and lowers operating costs
  • Efficient — Simplicity of use (one-for-one replacement) and compatible with existing installation
  • Reliable — Large diameter shaft increases durability and reduces wear of nose gear linkages
  • Durable — No performance degradation over time and use
  • Versatile — Consistent damping from -30° to 150°F


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