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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-26-2018, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Factory steering damper

My Australian delivered 2017 Adventure R has a factory low mounted steering damper (not sure if all countries get it) that may not be doing its job any more. At 8000kms since new, I'm getting head shake that I hadn't noticed before over uneven dirt roads at speeds of 80-100kph when it used to be very stable. Just noticed its rubber mount seems soft, but not sure if that is enough. Anyone have a problem similar to mine? The damper has a circlip on one end at the seal so is rebuildable I assume.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-02-2018, 11:48 AM
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Mine here in the states came with one, but honestly not sure it has ever done much. Think your best bet would be a scotts steering damper. Maybe others to choose from, but thats the one Im familiar with.
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That steering damper is being replaced under warranty. It was actually leaking, but wasn't obvious until it sat on my office desk for a few days & I noticed the shaft was wet. Pushing it through its stroke & air can be heard in there too. I'm hoping the replacement will solve the head shake I was getting, or I need to go to a top mounted adjustable unit like the Scott's ones. They are almost $1000AUD though. I asked if a shock specialist could rebuild it & use a heavier oil to "slow it down" to be told no-one in Australia can do that!!!
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Anybody know how to adjust the steering dampener? If even possible...thanks
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Scotts Steering Stabilizer - Sub Mount Install

Hey Ya'll!
I'll be installing a Scotts Stabilizer Unit to my 1090R. Stay Tuned.
https://www.scottsonline.com/Stabili...&BI_ID=1166760
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Well here it is. Between supplied instructions and this video :
I got it on easy and straight forward. Removed factory steering dampener.
Raised the bar to same height as my standard bar risers.
I will take it for a test ride and let you all know how it behaves.
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