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Old 05-08-2017, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Steering damper

Well, after long fabrication, here it is
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Old 05-09-2017, 02:33 PM   #2
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Is that a steering dampener? Have not seen a setup like that. Hows it feel?
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Old 05-10-2017, 07:36 AM   #3
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The front end feels so much more stable. No wobble at all and I have it set almost at minimum. When I was back heavy with all the luggage the bars wanted to oscillate at slower speeds when I let them go, no more.
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Old 05-11-2017, 11:53 AM   #4
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I used to get those low-speed shakes when I had the front forks raised in the triple tree by 10 mm, effectively lowering the front. I enjoyed the feel of the quick turning response with that geometry, but the shaking was a little scary if I didn't have my hands on the bars.

Nice fabrication. It looks like you replaced the valve cover bolts with longer ones? Does it leak oil at all?
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Old 05-11-2017, 12:07 PM   #5
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No leaks, there are really tight rubber washers between all metal to metal contact points. I fashioned it after the old Sprint unit. I wish I could have just bought one of those, I looked pretty hard. I did, however, learn to use a metal lathe for the aluminum inserts. Loved it.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:59 AM   #6
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Yeah, lathes are fun to run. I learned how to use one in college. There's something satisfying about having the power to carve metal so easily. I'll never forget the smell of scorched cutting oil.
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Old 05-12-2017, 08:30 PM   #7
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Rodger that Sundog, I remodel houses but I should have gone into metal working and welding.
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