Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
Re: Replacing the steering damper
I have a replacement on my workbench for the last 2 years - am dreading to attack it after lousy experience doing the same on my K1200RS.
Yes, you need to take off the front wheel to reach the bolt under the fork bridge. Wheel is no biggie, is it?
Here is the real problem: the Torx bolt that holds the front of the damper will twist in its rubber seat as you apply pressure. Stripping it is almost guaranteed - happened to me.
To get it right, you need to assure a clean bolt head and a good Torx driver. Also, a method to keep the damper straight to prevent the tool from loosing its spot.
Food for thought.
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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