Scotts Damper Bracket Issues

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  • clark4131

Posted August 30, 2005 - 12:51 PM


I dunno about anyone else, but I was having an issue with the bolt-on bracket that holds the pin for my Scotts Damper. I did all the weld filing and gasket trimming in a textbook fashion and the bracket sat perfectly on the frame with no problems. However, the thing would still move a couple of degrees in either direction during a ride. I installed set screws in an attempt to compensate, but that didn't work. I tried metal epoxy to no avail. I even cranked the little screws in the back so tight that their allen heads stripped out. I was on my way to ordering the weld on bracket when it dawned on me to just weld the damn bolt-on bracket. To make a long story longer, that's what I ended up doing a few days ago. A spot weld at 3 and 9 o'clock and all is right with the world once again. So if you've got a wandering bracket, just tack that thing to the frame with a little 110v mig welder and you'll be in business. Just a little FYI for y'all...SC

  • Indy_WR450

Posted August 30, 2005 - 12:57 PM


Good call just watch the heat on the upper steering head bearing. :D
Can you still remove the bearing with the clamp on welded? It covers the seal somewhat and may make it difficult to pull the bearing out. :D

  • byggd

Posted August 30, 2005 - 01:01 PM


I have the same problem with mine unless I really crank the screws down tight. I thought of welding it but the previous owner put the temp gauge in where the dip stick goes so to check the oil I have to loosen the Scott's bracket to get enough clearance to remover the temp gauge and check the oil. What a pain in the butt.....might just do away with the temp gauge :D

  • kirkw

Posted August 30, 2005 - 02:20 PM


Instead of a weld, I used JB Weld. No heat on the head tube nor slips after hundreds of miles!!

  • Indy_WR450

Posted August 30, 2005 - 02:31 PM


I use green loctite 638 it is welds the clamp on! :D

  • clark4131

Posted August 30, 2005 - 03:42 PM


I just did little tack welds, so the heat issue was minimal. Since the collar sits below the seal and to the outside of the head tube, I don't think the bearing will be an issue. Since they're little welds, they can be ground off in a matter of minutes if need be. Thanks for the watchouts though...SC

  • aa21830

Posted August 30, 2005 - 07:00 PM


Maybe there are some bikes where the bolt-on tower works. I haven't found one yet. Weld it.

  • bhiggins25

Posted March 22, 2007 - 07:57 AM



Did you tack weld the frame bracket on top (adjacent to or on top of the seal) or on the underside?


  • Seabass

Posted March 22, 2007 - 08:36 AM


I tack welded mine on after the bracket came loose and the bars locked up on a gnarly downhill. No problem with getting to the steering head bearings.
Can the tower be welded on the new aluminum frame?

  • bhiggins25

Posted March 22, 2007 - 09:17 AM


According to Clark (we pm'ed), he tack welded it on the underside of the frame bracket. This makes sense.

Also, I just talked to one of the customer service reps at Scotts and he said he did the same thing on his bike. Sounds like the way to go.

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  • emtieman

Posted March 23, 2007 - 07:35 PM


Post some pics of your securing jobs.

  • Fryboy

Posted March 24, 2007 - 08:30 AM


Yup, this is a pretty common problem. I remember dealing with the bracket always popping loose after a good get off. You truly don't realize how much your damper works until you have to ride without it :eek:

The clamp has come loose maybe 1 more time in the past 4 years. What the trick with them little allen bolts is turn it just a bit, then switch to the other one, repeat, until all the way tight. This has worked great for me.

If it happens to me again, I'll remember this post. :applause:

  • bhiggins25

Posted March 24, 2007 - 04:46 PM


Here are my pictures. It's still cooling off. Haven't cleaned it up yet. I'll get out the dremel and the frame paint and make it look a little nicer than this.

I'm also going to get the bar clamp anodized red to match the triple clamp. That will be nice.

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  • bhiggins25

Posted March 27, 2007 - 03:39 PM


No thoughts on my welding job, eh?


  • clark4131

Posted March 27, 2007 - 05:14 PM


Nothing like the old "booger weld" technique :bonk:. As long as it holds, who cares what it looks like, though I did grind mine down afterwards because I'm anal about stuff like that...SC

  • xrmarty

Posted March 30, 2007 - 10:33 AM


I have the same problem on my xr. it still moves a little on hard settings


Posted March 30, 2007 - 11:00 AM


Anyone here put one on thier 07' yet and experience problems?


Posted March 30, 2007 - 11:11 AM


Anyone here put one on thier 07' yet and experience problems?

Actually I just realized that the 07' kit has a bracket or tab coming off of it that allows it to be held in place by the front gas tank bolt:thumbsup: No problems.....

  • mxcowboy

Posted March 30, 2007 - 02:08 PM


Here's my SUB mount on my WR450F.

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Posted March 30, 2007 - 02:20 PM


Here's my SUB mount on my WR450F.

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Who's kit is that?

I just got the BRP under bar kit and it looks just a little different than that.

Nice set up:thumbsup:


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