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  • gottaroost

Posted February 01, 2003 - 06:10 PM


Ok guys, I asked this on the highly competitive YZF site, but thought I would double my exposure on this one. Has there been a post in past history that details making a low budget usable Damper for these here machines?

Here's someone's chance to become famous for awhile. I will do some sniffing around of my own. Maybe some great idea will hit one of us!

  • needsprayer

Posted February 01, 2003 - 11:59 PM


Check out Dutch's Homemade damper.

What do I win? :)


  • adamwagar

Posted February 02, 2003 - 10:46 AM


I've ridden the BRP Dutch owns with,and without, the damper. It makes a big difference. Those Hondas need all the help they can get. LOL. Lucky for us Yamahas don't require a bunch of band-aids to go fast. :)

  • jwriott

Posted February 02, 2003 - 02:02 PM


Can't you just loosen the triple clamps and tighten the nut on top of the headset? That way, it won't turn as easy or fast.

  • Rich_in_Orlando

Posted February 02, 2003 - 04:02 PM


vmaxcbr900wr426, you've gotta be kidding. :)

  • MOmilkman

Posted February 02, 2003 - 05:39 PM


Rich, I think he just forgot to put his ( :D ) in afterwards.

Like this:
Some of my friends like to take all the grease out of their steering head so that the bearings freeze up. It works just as good. :) (See?)

  • Jim_Bob

Posted February 03, 2003 - 01:43 AM


All the Aussies on this site will tell you that a bit of flour and water well mixed, wrap in aluminium foil and held in place above the header pipe for about a 1 hour ride. Doesnt seem to work as well up near the bars.

  • gottaroost

Posted February 03, 2003 - 04:28 AM


OK OK, perhaps a lame post and worthy of flaming...but that brings up the question, if I am being flamed, does that mean we have a lot of FLAMERS on this forum???

  • beezer

Posted February 03, 2003 - 05:06 AM


A buddy of mine always used to set his steering head bearings on the tight side for a poor mans dampener.

It was just tight enough for some drag.

I tried it and it works and it's free.

Being within spitting distance of NYC there are flamers and then there are FLAMERS. :)

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  • MOmilkman

Posted February 03, 2003 - 06:47 AM


We werent flaming your post we were giving vmaxcbr900wr426 a little trouble for his comment. :)

  • beezer

Posted February 03, 2003 - 06:58 AM


GOTTA is from Austin, he must know about FLAMERS. :)

  • Dwight_Rudder

Posted February 03, 2003 - 10:19 AM


I hope you are kidding. This will destroy your steering bearings.
Cher'o, :)

  • beezer

Posted February 03, 2003 - 10:34 AM


It never destroyed mine.

Its a matter of common sense. If you take a wrench and tighten it as tight as you would an axle you'll have ruined bearings. If you preload them a little bit and make sure there is grease on them your bearings will be fine.

I did it with mx bikes that had headshake problems. It wasn't a dampener but every little bit helps.

  • jwriott

Posted February 03, 2003 - 10:38 AM


Of course I'm kidding and I was just trying to have a little fun with you guys.

  • yamaha.dude

Posted February 03, 2003 - 10:54 AM


Jim_Bob... that is one angle I didn't even think off... but get the jam and butter... we are eating well after the ride... I am going to invent a SnackNOW! mod for the hungry trailriders... A little oven that attaches to the header, and makes a loaf of unleavened bread while you ride, so when you stop, you have a little snack... brilliant... :D :) I will get to it right away...

Stay tuned...


  • Bamster

Posted February 03, 2003 - 11:04 AM


When the bike is up on a stand the ring nut on the steering head should be tightened to the point where there is a little drag.Just enough to hold the forks straight and not fall to one side or the other.This will help head shake.I have been riding for 25 years and never had a problem.I thought this was common knowledge.

  • beezer

Posted February 03, 2003 - 11:10 AM


Good idea! I have heard old timers talk about putting cans of beans on the exhaust manifolds of trucks.

I like 4 strokes cause I can light my cigar off the header pipe easier than a 2 stroke. :)

  • gottaroost

Posted February 04, 2003 - 06:50 PM


OK, so I should go to work and just demand a raise coz I need to pay the bucks and get a real live damper, huh?

Right now I noticed my bike has some drag already on the head and it actually does not shake like my KX does. Maybe I should stop there, but I am tempted to try the homemade damper suggestion that was offered. Thanks.

I will get back at y'all if I have any success.


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