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post #1 of 4 Old Nov 8th, 2010, 10:28 am Thread Starter
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steering damper r850r

hello to all...i am new to this so be kind.....just bought 96 r850r and started riding after 38 yrs. off. the excitement is back again...anyway...i have noticed that the front end tends to flop around easily when the bike is on center stand. seems too loose. which brings me here.... i have read various older posts on the steering damper but still would like some info...are there any new dampers out there? the info i read on rebuilding kept referring to #4 ? i don't know what that means....is it something i should really worry about. thank you in advance for your help.
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hello to all...i am new to this so be kind.....just bought 96 r850r and started riding after 38 yrs. off. the excitement is back again...anyway...i have noticed that the front end tends to flop around easily when the bike is on center stand. seems too loose. which brings me here.... i have read various older posts on the steering damper but still would like some info...are there any new dampers out there? the info i read on rebuilding kept referring to #4 ? i don't know what that means....is it something i should really worry about. thank you in advance for your help.
regards tom
The first thing you should do is make sure the steering stem bearings are properly torqued. Then check the trailing arm bushings. When you're sure all of that is OK, you could spring for a new steering dampner, which is about $300.
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is there a way to rebuild the damper....
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is there a way to rebuild the damper....
To the best of my knowledge, the dampner is a sealed unit and cannot be rebuilt.

You do have other options, though. Measure it and see if you can find an aftermarket replacement cylinder for it. Steering dampners are real common, and somewhat cheaper, in the road race world. Do some searches and make some calls...I bet you can save some cash.
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