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post #1 of 5 Old 07-21-2012, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Steering dampers, good? so-so? no good?

Heavy rider with gear upgrading my suspension and components for stability.

What kind of steering dampers would you put on a 1994 KLR?

Also adding spacers to progressive spring fork for preloading. Is this a good idea? Putting in 15 weight oil too. How do I know how to fill oil to right level? Is it still 13 oz with additional spacer material?

For now I'm putting a 550 lb spring on the stock schock until I can buy a new one

And putting a k-9 fork brace on.

But I have no clue about steering dampers?

Thanks T33

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-21-2012, 11:18 AM
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Steering damper not cost-effective for a KLR in typical service spectrum, IMHO; YMMV!
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-21-2012, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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I'm set up pretty off road and ride river following curvy mountain highways at 55 ,asphalt, for usually 150-200 miles to get to my fishing spots. Thought dampers might help with any wobble generated on the curves before it got out of hand.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-21-2012, 11:48 AM
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A steering damper and mount is going to run $400 +.

The poor man's steering damper is adjusting the steering stem bearings tight. Not to the point where you can feel the bearings grinding but where the front won't flop over when given a gentle push (front wheel off the ground).

Reading through your tank slapper post seems like the issues were ID. Basically you have too much weight bias on the rear for the suspension.
Dropping the front (raising the fork tubes) will help, puts more weight on the front. The spring you bought should take care of the rear pre-load. A custom shock will improve the damping but it's the spring that sets the pre-load. You're a tall guy, yes? Raising links will help also.

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I'm set up pretty off road and ride river following curvy mountain highways at 55 ,asphalt, for usually 150-200 miles to get to my fishing spots. Thought dampers might help with any wobble generated on the curves before it got out of hand.
Maybe so, troutbum33!.

Your call, and . . . your wallet!

Best wishes in your suspension setup for your environment and your riding style.
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