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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-17-2006, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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to steering damper or not?

well i have a steering damper for my FZR 400, but dont know if i should install it or not...

any compelling argument one way or the other?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-17-2006, 11:58 AM
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Do it.

I wont ride without one. I would suspect that the front on your bike is very light, and you would see noticable improvement in handling characteristcs of you bike with it installed.

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Do it.

I wont ride without one. I would suspect that the front on your bike is very light, and you would see noticable improvement in handling characteristcs of you bike with it installed.
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Why would you not install it? I mean you have it already so why not.

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Why would you not install it? I mean you have it already so why not.
thats what im wondering, is there any reason not to?
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There is no way it could hurt, unless you have it set way too tight to start out and you crash into a curb at 5mph.
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Start light on the damping and go up from there. An FZR doesn't generate the high siding horsepower of more modern bikes unless you've got a superbike modded engine (I've seen them in the 90rwhp range). In which case, um, yeah, definately slap it on.

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Put that sucker on. It's not going to mess stuff up and could help you out a lot.

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Max at Traxxion explains that it is safety device. NOT a handling band-aid.
It should allow free and easy steering inputs. (almost no low speed dampening) and be solid in a violent, fast input. Like having your bars hit by another bike or offroading over rough- ish ground. (high speed dampening)

FWIW I have the one on my Aprilia 250 set as low as possible. You should be in a similar situation with the 400.


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Saved my ass from a lot of pain!!!! if your gonna ride with any amount of aggresion, you should have one. jmo

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Steering damper will help on bumpy tracks for head shake. But don't put a damper on too quick because your bike has bad weeble wobbles. You mite be trying to cover up a problem. Could be loose or bad steering head bearings or something is not ligned up rite. Make sure everything is in good working order.

Why do you want the damper on there? Is your bike getting shaky on you? Trying to force a bike to do things it doesn't want to do or not moving around smoothly on the bike can force it into a wooble as well.

All I'm saying is try to make sure everything is rite with the bike before you put the damper on. If you have head shake it doesn't mean its a problem with the front end either. A head shake can be caused by rear suspension too, rear swing arm being loose, shock squating too much, the list goes on and on.

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Why do you want the damper on there? Is your bike getting shaky on you?
nope, i just have one laying around thats not on and was thinking: why not?
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Personally I've never had a need for one. I have 2 of them, just haven't got around to installing them.

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Personally I've never had a need for one. I have 2 of them, just haven't got around to installing them.
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What kind do you have? I have the older type that secures to the fork tube and then to the frame. Cylinder type I guess.

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im not sure what type i have, to be honest i dont even know how to install it
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