While in the process of changing the fork seal on my bike, the aluminum "straw" in the damper rod slid out and bent in half. While trying to straighten it, I snapped it clean in two. I am not sure what it is for, but I want to head out riding today and am not sure what will happen if I ride without that part. Can anyone give me some insight on this? I have a new damper rod on order, but it's going to take a week to get here.