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Looking for opinions on steering dampers. I had a GPR on my old Yamaha and I want to get something for my FE450. Scott's seems to be the gold standard but the price is up there. Anyone tried the OEM damper?  Or can recommend a good alternative?

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seems like gpr/ohlines/scotts are the ones to choose from - if you goto ktmtalk in the classifieds there are some that pop up for sale from time to time fairly cheap.

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13 hours ago, yosamitysam said:

Looking for opinions on steering dampers. I had a GPR on my old Yamaha and I want to get something for my FE450. Scott's seems to be the gold standard but the price is up there. Anyone tried the OEM damper?  Or can recommend a good alternative?

Scott's is the standard for a reason.  All it takes is avoiding 1 get-off makes that price difference a good thing.

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I've run Scotts for several years and I am certain that thing has kept me out of the hospital more times than I can count. The two best investments you can make in your bike is suspension and a damper, especially if you ride off-road.

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Have had both Scotts and GPR, my nod goes toward the Scotts. Bite the bullet, cost of doing business.

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I have three bikes, they all have Scott's. Wouldn't ride a bike without one. They flat out work, AND make my ride more enjoyable, comfortable, no arm pump fatigue. 

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Scotts is sweet, but to be honest if you dial in your suspension, these bikes don't need a steering damper.  I used to swear by them when I raced two-strokes, but since switching to a thumper I never bothered installing one, and eventually sold it.  Disclaimer: I don't ride desert.  If you live in the desert it's probably a good idea.  

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I ride in the desert :(

 

I have one, it seems to help a little in the sand. 

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When I bought my 450 and 300 last fall, did so at the same time. Went to the Oregon dunes, and one bike had the Damper, the other didn't. The difference in handling was VERY noticeable. When I first got my 350 and riding lots of single and double track, there was lots of arm pump and hand fatigue. Along with getting the suspension set up right and purchasing a damper, the arm pump fatigue was 75% eliminated. 

Yeah, these things aren't cheap, but if you got the money then get one, it's not a place to be cheap. 

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I think tightening down your steering stem cap can be a good alternative to try first. If that doesn't reduce your fatigue and the twitchy handling then spend the money on a damper. I've never tried one so I suppose I don't know what I'm missing out on!

 

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We have a lot of roots here.  I've had the handlebars snatched from my hands before without a damper.  Haven't had that happen with one.  So it's among the first mod I made to my new bike.  I used the Scott's last time.  Trying the GPR (Husky) V2 this time.

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Ohlins SD 2.1 here. Expensive but well worth it. Had it on a RMZ450 for 9 years. Still waiting for my dealer to get me a mounting kit for my new FX350.

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30 minutes ago, cbauer said:

Ohlins SD 2.1 here. Expensive but well worth it. Had it on a RMZ450 for 9 years. Still waiting for my dealer to get me a mounting kit for my new FX350.

 

Good luck with that, I would be interested how that works for you, I wouldn't want to drill into my triple clamp.  I measure 6 times and drill 3 times lol 

$689.99

http://www.cyclebuy.com/shopping/ohlins/index.htm
 

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Note:  You will need to drill and tap a 6x1.00 hole in the top of the triple clamp for the forward anti-rotation mount as shown below


 

 

Scotts isn't much cheaper with rubber mounts 

http://www.scottsonline.com/Stabilizer_Purchase2.php?Make=Husqvarna&Model=FX&Bike_ID=7400&Year=2017&Size=350&Fred=&BI_ID=113053

 

http://www.scottsonline.com/Stabilizer_Purchase2.php?Make=Husqvarna&Model=FX&Bike_ID=7400&Year=2017&Size=350&Fred=&BI_ID=1132865

 

But no drilling

http://www.scottsonline.com/litrack/570.pdf

 

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21 hours ago, Eric@ScottsPerformance said:

Rumor also has it that Ohlins is dropping the 2.1.

 

I do have to hand it to you folks. When you open a box from Scott's, it looks like you've opened a treasure chest of gold....it glows... Product works, a game changer. 

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I dont like labeling people, but you are Swedish supremacist lol 

 

but super consistent lol. 

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On 6/26/2017 at 9:00 PM, Sigma Pi said:

 

Good luck with that, I would be interested how that works for you, I wouldn't want to drill into my triple clamp.  I measure 6 times and drill 3 times lol 

$689.99

http://www.cyclebuy.com/shopping/ohlins/index.htm
 

 

 

Scotts isn't much cheaper with rubber mounts 

http://www.scottsonline.com/Stabilizer_Purchase2.php?Make=Husqvarna&Model=FX&Bike_ID=7400&Year=2017&Size=350&Fred=&BI_ID=113053

 

http://www.scottsonline.com/Stabilizer_Purchase2.php?Make=Husqvarna&Model=FX&Bike_ID=7400&Year=2017&Size=350&Fred=&BI_ID=1132865

 

But no drilling

http://www.scottsonline.com/litrack/570.pdf

 

I have the Ohlins 2.1 SD on my '17 FE501.  I installed it myself and it didn't require any drilling.  The instructions do call for drilling on some models.  I love the damper.

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16 minutes ago, window2time said:

I have the Ohlins 2.1 SD on my '17 FE501.  I installed it myself and it didn't require any drilling.  The instructions do call for drilling on some models.  I love the damper.

Please see cbauer's post, he has an FX 

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Yes that is true.  It looks like the OP has an FE.  I am just saying my FE didn't require drilling.  I understand some models do.

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