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Steering Stabilizer

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How do steering stabilizers work, are the effective, and what is the preferred make/model, and can they be installed by the average Joe? :applause::D Thanks in Advance.

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Check the Scotts Performance site...There very effective IMO, Won't ride without one again..And yes I believe the average Joe could install one....

I have the Scotts sub mount on my BRP , One of the best mods I've made... :applause:

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The Scotts may be the most advanced steering stabilizer in terms of dampening circuit sophistication. To compare apples to oranges, I had a GPR on my KTM and my impression was that it seemed to dampen steering movement throughout the entire range of steering lock, whereas the Scotts on my Pig seems to only dampen as the bar is turned away from straight. I do NOT struggle against the stabilizer in slow-going technical riding. Best advice I can give you is to find a Scotts-equipped bike sitting on a stand and play with the handlebar.

The gold color of the Scotts may not be coincidental however.

I think that if you can change your own oil, you can install a stabilizer.

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I run a Scotts on my XR, and won't ride with out it if possible!

I've never heard anybody complain after mounting one on their bike...

The Scotts has a high speed valving that really helps when hitting those hidden rocks that want to rip the bars out of your hands..

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How do steering stabilizers work
The first thing you need to ask is "Do I need the damper to compensate for bad suspension?"

The second thing you need to ask is "Do I need it to save my ass from deflection off of rocks and roots at speed?"

If it is because of the first reason, no they don't work that great.

If it is the second reason, then they are awesome.

I suggest going through BRP for your damper and mount, high class people to deal with and a TT sponsor IIRC.

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I have the integrated GPR unit on my R, including an Applied Racing billet top triple clamp, an A/R tapered bar, GPR's risers and the GPR stabilizer itself.

My selection was based on two things:

- I wanted to be confident of high-speed (100+), no-wobbles control.

- I thought the integrated GPR looked sweet: Photo

Yeah, my second reason is a bit vain, I don't care, I love the look. :ride:

Maybe even my first reason is not important but I did a supermoto conversion and have had the bike WFO on a (almost) deserted interstate several times, 100+, and when I do a high-speed "test" :ride: I like the feeling of being able to crank in a few clicks on the stabilizer and know that the already-nice high-speed manners of the R will be even further civilized.

Scotts is better known and highly respected, but I have no experience with that model.

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On the customer service scale, GPR is well above the rest. The owner typically will show up at the D37 desert races and mount the stabilizer for you for free if you are out there. He will also change the oil in the stabilizer for free (less shipping). If I am not mistaken, he offers a real lifetime guarantee on his product and if it ever gives you any problems he will exchange it, no hassles. If service/support is important to you, call the manufactures (Scotts, GPR, ETC) and see how well they answer your questions and the support they offer on their product.

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I have the integrated GPR unit on my R, including an Applied Racing billet top triple clamp, an A/R tapered bar, GPR's risers and the GPR stabilizer itself.

My selection was based on two things:

- I wanted to be confident of high-speed (100+), no-wobbles control.

- I thought the integrated GPR looked sweet: Photo

Yeah, my second reason is a bit vain, I don't care, I love the look. :ride:

Maybe even my first reason is not important but I did a supermoto conversion and have had the bike WFO on a (almost) deserted interstate several times, 100+, and when I do a high-speed "test" :ride: I like the feeling of being able to crank in a few clicks on the stabilizer and know that the already-nice high-speed manners of the R will be even further civilized.

Scotts is better known and highly respected, but I have no experience with that model.

It looks good :ride:

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I've always used Scotts dampers on my bikes. Tried a couple buddies bikes with the GPR's and just didn't care for them. THAT said, my XR650R has an RTT damper on it. Really only got it 'cause it was used at a great price. It works MUCH better than I expected. Very similiar to the Scotts, as far as function goes, with the plus of a thumb adjuster as well. So far, so good.

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