The front damper mount attaches to the fork assembly. The rear mount attaches to the frame assembly. Both points are swivel mounts and are designed to allow the damper to rotate a little as the front fork turns from side to side. If you watch the damper as you turn the front wheel stop to stop you'll see how it works. Both mounts have to "float" to allow proper operation of the damper. With that said, these dampers are well known for failing.Anyone with a K1200LT? I own a 2001 K1200LT and this spring after doing some maintance noticed that the steeringg damper under the headlight was loose and seemed like it might fall off at any time. I do not remember any play or movement in the damper before. I am asking should that damper be rigid and not move from side to side and up and down.