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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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K7 600 OEM Steering damper

Backstory: My pace at the track has been picking up and I've notice more and more that my front end gets way to light and unstable midcorner and upon corner exit. Rode my friends triumph 675R with an aftermarket damper and it was a world of a difference. Know I'm looking to upgrade.

Options no particular order:
1. Used Ohlins damper $$
2. GPR damper $$$
3. Scotts Damper $$
4. Add stiffer fluid in OEM one $ (current option either 3w fork oil)

My questions are:
1. Has anyone done 3W and notice a difference from the 2.5 W
2. Friends and forums have said 5W is too much
3. Should I bite the bullet and just gets ohlins
4. Is it even possible to do 4W?


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 03:10 PM
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Your description of your problem does not say that you need a steering damper. Dampers only control head shake (side to side movement), there is no reason you should be experiencing that mid corner (that would be really scary). Possibly on exit if the front lifted and then set down a bit crooked.

It sounds more like tires, tire pressures or suspension set up in that order.

Have you had the bike at least set up for your weight?

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Yeah I had the bike setup by Dave Moss on June 1st for Buttonwillow raceway and that's the track I did on August 24the. What I mean by mid corner is when there is a bump or sunken portion of the track in the corner. The rebound is great but for that small amount of time that the front was not on flat track it feels light and small inputs I make can make a big difference. In the split second.



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And you did not get this with your friends 675r on the same track, in the same corner? Same tires? Obviously a different bike and set up.

Consider that a steering damper is just a horizontal shock absorber. It damps rapid, relatively large movements. When you consider what you are feeling at that point, do you think a damper would change anything?

Have you talked to Moss about this and did he recommend a damper? I'm not arguing, just curious.

Also, are you adding unneeded inputs? I've done that and still do it occasionally when I get tired or lazy and don't secure myself on the bike well for the corner.

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Also, you might describe the problem in the track and club race section. I'm sure you will get some good input.

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Also, you might describe the problem in the track and club race section. I'm sure you will get some good input.
All good points! So I ended up adding Roxshock 3W oil to the OEM damper and fixed what I was experiencing on corner exit upon full throttle. I also practiced what you said about putting less input when not settled in on the bike and help quite a bit as well. The 3 weight oil was definitely helped keep the front a bit more stable.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 09:41 AM
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You can probably add 3w & 5w to get 4w. Equal mix.
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