Bolt-on or Wel-on Damper Tower?

I have searched the archives, and hit a few websites, but still have no new info to guide me in making a decision. I bought the Ohlins (Scotts) steering damper, and they were only able to supply me with a weld-on tower for my WR. Has anyone got a strong argument either way about the weld-on tower, or should I send away to Scotts in the US and get a bolt-on one? I realise that welding is involved, but apart from that, does it interfere with the dipstick, or if you move your bar position or height at some future point, do you have to reweld the tower? The bolt on one seems to be the best option, but the local distributor say they don't have one...

I plan on pulling the bike down for a bit of work in March, so I could order one from the US and get it in time... I do plan to keep the bike for a few years, so portabilty between bikes is not an issue...

I have the universal bar mounts for my new protapers, and plan on using the stock triple clamp for a while - something else that the local distribor say they can't get... I suppose I need to have the bar more forward and should get the triple clamp as well, then get the whole thing setup once and for all...

Help me... I sometimes wish I lived in the US, so I could just cruise down the road and get anything I wanted for my bike...

TIA

David

I personally would only recommend the Weld-On as I had a major problem with my Bolt-On popping off. My buddies Xr-600 was the same way also. I called Scott's and talked to them about it, and they told me that it happens a lot because of imperfections with the steering stem construction from the factory. They said they would send me a Weld-On if I wanted to send my Bolt-On back in. I asked if I could weld it on as they said it shouldn't be a prob. But I ordered a Weld-On for the 426.

Before I called them I tried all the tricks of grounding the weld down, making sure the bolts were torqued properly(as I made sure initial as there was a big warning in my paperwork about over-torqueing causing this to happen). And that the steering stem wasn't egg shaped. But to no avail, that is when I called.

Originally posted by yamaha.dude:

I have searched the archives, and hit a few websites, but still have no new info to guide me in making a decision. I bought the Ohlins (Scotts) steering damper, and they were only able to supply me with a weld-on tower for my WR. Has anyone got a strong argument either way about the weld-on tower, or should I send away to Scotts in the US and get a bolt-on one? I realise that welding is involved, but apart from that, does it interfere with the dipstick, or if you move your bar position or height at some future point, do you have to reweld the tower? The bolt on one seems to be the best option, but the local distributor say they don't have one...

I plan on pulling the bike down for a bit of work in March, so I could order one from the US and get it in time... I do plan to keep the bike for a few years, so portabilty between bikes is not an issue...

I have the universal bar mounts for my new protapers, and plan on using the stock triple clamp for a while - something else that the local distribor say they can't get... I suppose I need to have the bar more forward and should get the triple clamp as well, then get the whole thing setup once and for all...

Help me... I sometimes wish I lived in the US, so I could just cruise down the road and get anything I wanted for my bike...

TIA

David

Originally posted by yamaha.dude:

[QB]I bought the bolt on a year ago. So far ive had no problems with it. The only thing i found out is its harder to check your oil. Ive had no problem with it falling off.

Bolt on has worked great for me. It does make the checking of the oil more difficult. It is easy to set up and works beautifully. Cya

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