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post #1 of 24 Old 05-29-2012, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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A friend swapped out his steering damper on his '09 zx10r. He installed a Scotts damper and i ended up getting his OEM Ohlins damper. Its a sweet little unit, includes the ZX mounts/brackets. I will be playing around tonight trying to find a suitable mounting position. More pics will follow.

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A friend swapped out his steering damper on his '09 zx10r. He installed a Scotts damper and i ended up getting his OEM Ohlins damper. Its a sweet little unit, includes the ZX mounts/brackets. I will be playing around tonight trying to find a suitable mounting position. More pics will follow.

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SUBBED! lol.. my front end gets MIGHTY light north of highway speeds..

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Installed the damper! Pretty straight forward, i shot a video outlining the details and specs. Will upload and link tonight.



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Nice. Having never ridden a bike with a steering damper I've always wondered, how does it feel when turning the bars during cornering or low speed maneuvers? Is there any resistance?

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There is so much black powder coating in that picture, I'm having a hard time making out what is what...

I see where the damper is attached to the frame above the radiator, but I cant make out what it's attached to on the triple tree.



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Here is a quick little video describing the install. Let me know if you need any more info.

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must be some way to show the video from photobucket directly in the reply......but can`t figure it out.

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nice job dude. Below is how I installed mine. I still can't believe you bailed on rc51 project and did all that to your bike. Just imagine how nice rc51 front will look with your white beauty


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Here is a quick little video describing the install. Let me know if you need any more info.
Sexy block off plates there.

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I hear there might be some for sale.

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Sexy block off plates there.

I hear there might be some for sale.
Rumor has it. Lol.

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I hear there might be some for sale.
Those aren't sexy enough - they aren't powdercoated!!!

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Those aren't sexy enough - they aren't powdercoated!!!
Hey u could trade em for your 2nd ohlins, powder coat them and double the asking price. Lol.
I will also throw in a 4x8ft sheet of CF vinyl.......

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Hey u could trade em for your 2nd ohlins, powder coat them and double the asking price. Lol.
I will also throw in a 4x8ft sheet of CF vinyl.......
When did I get a 2nd Ohlins?



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nice job dude. Below is how I installed mine. I still can't believe you bailed on rc51 project and did all that to your bike. Just imagine how nice rc51 front will look with your white beauty

That is a pretty slick install! I tried to mount mine up in that area, put was either going to have to weld a bracket on the frame and purchase or fab another mounting point for the upper triple.

Now as far as the RC51 project is concerned.......don`t lose faith in me just yet.

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That is where i want to put mine.
I have drilled the lower triple, but keep wondering about the frame.
That section on the frame is reinforced (looks double thickness), can you tell me the thickness of it,now that you have drilled through. I reckon it is plenty strong, but....
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should of watched the vid first.
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That is where i want to put mine.
I have drilled the lower triple, but keep wondering about the frame.
That section on the frame is reinforced (looks double thickness), can you tell me the thickness of it,now that you have drilled through. I reckon it is plenty strong, but....
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Yeah it`s plenty strong and thick enough to get enough threads. I am not worried about it compromising the structural integrity of the frame. Plus the damper bolts are in shear, not tension and the fluid absorbs most the forces applied to the unit. You could always weld a stud into it, then it would be stronger then stock.

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no welding for me, it makes it to complicated.
I have the ohlins from my track bike, so it is just a bit of easy fun to spend an afternoon putting it on.
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Sweet have fun with it. You can use washers instead of spacers, just be cautious of the rod bearings and making sure the actuator travels it full required length with no binding on the bearings or the shaft.

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Just got back from my first ride with the damper, works great and is noticeable even in its dumbed down OEM kawasaki setup. Next up shipping it to LDH for a needle/seat/fluid upgrade back to true Ohlins spec.

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Theres a cheap Ohlins damper for sale here. Aftermarket unit. It has 120mm travel and thinking it may be a bit long for this conversion.

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