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Old 03-13-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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Question Factory Ohlins Steering Damper 08 zx10r

Hey guys I just joined this forum "first forum" I have ever been part of, anyways I am having issues with my factory damper pretty much not doing its job. I have heard of people replacing the factory fluid "which feels like water" with heavier weight fluid and was considering doing so I'm on a college budget so replacing internals is going to have to wait. I just want to know what you guys think, if you have heard of people doing this before, and just over all any assistance would be helpful. Thanks
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I did it on my '06 before I got my scotts. Wasn't worth much really. I'd just turn it up all the way and leave it until you can afford better.
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It seems to be getting weaker and weaker I've had it on full for the past couple of months so it can feel like its actually doing something haha and its not cutting it. I have read on other forums of guys putting 40W fork oil in them and it works wonders. What I was planning on doing is putting 30W and see what it does from there. What weight did you put back in your 06?
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:43 PM   #4
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Check kyleusa.com. I sent mine to them and had it rebuilt. Much better than stock. Makes it actually usable now. Was $100 I believe.
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It seems to be getting weaker and weaker I've had it on full for the past couple of months so it can feel like its actually doing something haha and its not cutting it. I have read on other forums of guys putting 40W fork oil in them and it works wonders. What I was planning on doing is putting 30W and see what it does from there. What weight did you put back in your 06?
IIRC it was 40. I wasn't happy with it because changing the oil doesn't change the internal needle and seat, which seems to be the main issue. Heavier oil will make it "harder" but it's nothing like a real, progressive damper.

Kyleusa can change the needle and seat and rebuild your factory damper, but for roughly two/two and a half times the cost you can have a decent used radial.
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Take it the P1 Racing in Tomball. They are a certified Ohlins service center. They will revalve it to race spec and it will feel like it should. Took mine there and had it back the next day.

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Take it the P1 Racing in Tomball. They are a certified Ohlins service center. They will revalve it to race spec and it will feel like it should. Took mine there and had it back the next day.

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This would be a much better option for you. At the minimum you should have it revalved.
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The factory Ohlins damper is garbage, either replace it or have it rebuilt.
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Take it the P1 Racing in Tomball. They are a certified Ohlins service center. They will revalve it to race spec and it will feel like it should. Took mine there and had it back the next day.

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Did this on my last 3 Kawis
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How much did they charge for that?
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I also used P1 and would recommend them as well. The factory Ohlins is great once revalved. They had a handful of RC-8's when I went, just seeing those awesome bikes was worth the trip to Tomball.
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You can buy the parts from kyles racing for $15 and do it yourself. That's what I did. It works great now.
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