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Old 02-18-2009, 07:31 AM   #1
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Need help with steering damper

Which Steering damper do you guys think is the best. I'm torn between GPR, Ohlins and Scott's (I know Scotts is affiliated with Ohlins). What do you guys recomend
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:45 AM   #2
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I've only had GPR... and I loved it.
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I've got an Ohlins. I like it.

GPR has great customer service, too. Hopefully you'd never need it, but just in case.

Good luck. They're both fantastic pieces and it comes down to personal preference.
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It's pretty much a wash between Scotts & GPR IMO. Just go with the best deal. But, if you prefer a stick-style damper, then there are several choices to go with besides Ohlins. Stick-style dampers a a better option when it comes down to doing its job.

However, there are a few benefits w/ a top-mount over a stick-style. 1) it will most likely survive a crash better and 2) if you have more than 1 bike you can just get another mounting kit and move it from bike to bike in about 10 seconds (eg- between track bike and street bike)
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GPR is cheaper and like mentioned stays out of the way if you are involved in a get off. I've used all kinds and still go with the GPR.
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my current track bike has a GPR on it. Works fine. I personally like stick style dampers better, but this was already there.
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I've had several Scott's and never had an issue.
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scotts FTW! mine has taken a direct hit from a front tire at @ 15 mph and the only thing I had to do was replace the two bolts that mount it to the bracket!

did GPR fix the leak issues with the v2's? they were notorious for leaking, even new...the v1's, while they have less tuning options, were great though....
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We have been using Hyperpro RSCs for a few years. They are top mount and rod type. They have a small nitrogen reservoir to eliminate dead spots. They are surely worth checking out.
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Thanks for the input guys. It sounds like I canít go wrong with any of my choices. I was thinking that there was going to be a common consciences on a particular one brand; but it looks like it comes down to personal preference.
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I have a GPR only have ridden about 500 miles or so with it and it seems good, but I have had a problem with it, it leaked oil all over my bike sent it back and they fixed and returned it with no problems
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HyperPro or any rod type. IMHO
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So are you guys saying that the rod type is better?
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i guess it's personal preference, but radial FTW.....

and scotts is 3 way adjustable....i don't think any others are....but I could be mistaken
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scotts FTW! mine has taken a direct hit from a front tire at @ 15 mph and the only thing I had to do was replace the two bolts that mount it to the bracket!

did GPR fix the leak issues with the v2's? they were notorious for leaking, even new...the v1's, while they have less tuning options, were great though....
With Scotts I thought I read you have to drill and tap your frame for the mounting bracket. Any truth to that?
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With Scotts I thought I read you have to drill and tap your frame for the mounting bracket. Any truth to that?
it depends on the model of bike.....on mine, no.........
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So are you guys saying that the rod type is better?
As far as I know you won't find any WSBK or MotoGP riders using a radial type. They all use the rod-type. So I think that implies that design is superior.

However, that doesn't mean a radial type can't meet your needs. There's tons of proficient racers in the CMRA that use them.
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With Scotts I thought I read you have to drill and tap your frame for the mounting bracket. Any truth to that?
depends on the bike. Most of the scotts dampers mount to the gas tank bolt holes, though.
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