Drop the hammer and install your harmonic balancer with a specialized tool to avoid potential damage. (Image/BluePrint Engines)

Harmonic dampers, AKA harmonic balancers, help absorb internal engine vibrations to ensure your rotating assembly stays happy. Problem is, sliding one onto a crankshaft isn’t the easiest job and there’s risk of damage if done incorrectly.

Not too long ago, the go-to damper installation tool was a big honkin’ deadblow hammer. (Spoiler alert, don’t use one of those.) Thankfully, there are now specialty harmonic balancer installation tools that make putting on a harmonic damper much easier.

Follow along with BangShift co-owner Chad Reynolds and BluePrint Engines to learn how to use a harmonic balancer installation tool to make a tough job easy.