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post #1 of 12 Old Jun 6th, 2009, 8:16 pm Thread Starter
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In an attempt to reinstall my radio and intercom system (PO had them taken out during the last service) I uncovered a few things that I can't identify and a few things that concern me. In the pics...

What is the orange electrical connector just behind and to the left rear of the canister?

On the left side of the paralever there is a hole with threads for a bolt, should there be something there?

There is ann unused connector on the backside of the instrument light, is this or can it be used to something?

On the top of the front fork brace there is a ball joint, should there be something attached to this?

Lastly, on the right side of the bike just behind the gas tank fuel connections and mounted to the crash bar there is an unused electrical connector, what is this for?


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In an attempt to reinstall my radio and intercom system (PO had them taken out during the last service) I uncovered a few things that I can't identify and a few things that concern me. In the pics...

What is the orange electrical connector just behind and to the left rear of the canister?

On the left side of the paralever there is a hole with threads for a bolt, should there be something there?

There is ann unused connector on the backside of the instrument light, is this or can it be used to something?

On the top of the front fork brace there is a ball joint, should there be something attached to this?

Lastly, on the right side of the bike just behind the gas tank fuel connections and mounted to the crash bar there is an unused electrical connector, what is this for?


Many Thanks.
Hmmm.. Some easy ones

1. The orange connector is for an alarm system that you apparently don't have installed on your bike.

2. That is the mount for the steering damper (which apparently you don't have either)

3. The courtesy light switch has three positions. On-Off-Unused (Off). If you were to move the feed wire to the other terminal the unused switch position would then be the On position.

4. That is for the other end of the steering damper.

5. I believe that is the connector that is used to feed the power outlet when installed on the right engine spoiler. (Option) You should have an outlet on the left engine spoiler. Would be identical to that one.

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Thanks so much! Tomorrow it all goes back together...

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Dman hit the nail on every one of those, but I noticed a '99 that still has the CANISTER!! Surprized that has not clogded up and been removed! Very rare to see that.

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I agree -- she'll be coming out today.

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Anybody else vote for replacing the steering damper?
Good safety feature in my opinion.
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Anybody else vote for replacing the steering damper?
Good safety feature in my opinion.
I'd consider it mandatory. Can't imagine what that annoying front end wobble while decelerating would be like with no damper.
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So is it possible my 05' is missing this Orange connector ?? I picked up a retrofit alarm kit and of course it wants to connect to this .. and I cant find anyplace ! Ideas??

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The 05 and up had a different alarm system. Different connectors also. There have been at least three versions for 99 to now. Each one is different and not interchangeable.

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I'd consider it mandatory. Can't imagine what that annoying front end wobble while decelerating would be like with no damper.
Ignorance is bliss I guess. I don't have one so I don't know what I'm missing although I'm pretty sure I don't have a front end wobble. Not that I notice anyway...

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I discovered a worn-out dampner in a rather "nostril-flaring" episode. I had not zipped my jacket before an early morning ride; as I traversed off a 2-lane bridge (both hands working the zipper) WHAMO!! front end shake!! Later, the techs at Lone Star noticed the fluid leak during the annual and I replaced the unit.

There are rebuildable ones out there for the same price as the OEM unit. It's there for a reason; no need to tease the tigers.

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Ignorance is bliss I guess. I don't have one so I don't know what I'm missing although I'm pretty sure I don't have a front end wobble. Not that I notice anyway...
The damper is not there to prevent a wobble, shake, or "tank slapper". Proper tires, balance, shocks, bearings prevent these events.
BUT.... if one of those things fails and you do experience a "tank slapper" the difference between having a function steering damper and not could be a crash.

Right, the steering damper doesn't do anything. Most of the time that is. It is a safety feature, and it only does something when the front end becomes unstable.
At that point (here's hoping you never arrive at that point) you're gonna wish you had a steering damper.

That's my take on it anyway.
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