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post #1 of 16 Old 04-13-2017, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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What steering damper to buy?

I read up on different brand steering dampers and they all essentially do the same thing. I don't want to spend $400 on a damper. Anyone have a recommendation? I have an 06 zx6r 636. I saw some CNC dampers for around 100 bucks. Are they really that much different than a name brand like Ohlins?
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Those CNC dampers are all Chinese. They might do the job but I havent ever seen anyone who had it on their bike.....prolly cause its Chinese lol. I would also assume they are less effective and prolly wont last as long as the bigger name brands.

U can get a used adjustable GPR damper for $200-300 range. Thats what I did.
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Those CNC dampers are all Chinese. They might do the job but I havent ever seen anyone who had it on their bike.....prolly cause its Chinese lol. I would also assume they are less effective and prolly wont last as long as the bigger name brands.

U can get a used adjustable GPR damper for $200-300 range. Thats what I did.
Very good option actually. There's another company that makes steering dampeners called Hyperpro. I've heard great things about them.

http://hyperpro.com/steering-dampers/

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Those CNC dampers are all Chinese. They might do the job but I havent ever seen anyone who had it on their bike.....prolly cause its Chinese lol. I would also assume they are less effective and prolly wont last as long as the bigger name brands.

U can get a used adjustable GPR damper for $200-300 range. Thats what I did.
I had a Scott's replica damper (Chinese replica) on my CBR500 and it was crap. On my ZX6R I have a real Scott damper and the difference between the 2 was night and day!

I'm fine with getting certain parts for my bikes from China but not things that involve fluids or lots of moving parts. OP...if you don't want to spend much on one, do what I just did for my R3 and get yourself a used Ohlins (or other good brand like GPR). There are a bunch of used Ohlins ones for sale on ebay for 100-250 bucks. I bought one for $200 shipped that came off an R1. Most are universal, just need to make sure you get the right length.

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Try to find a used GPR on ebay. There were a bunch the last time I looked.
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Try to find a used GPR on ebay. There were a bunch the last time I looked.
And GPR revalved mine for free. They are locally based for me but I imagine if you are willing to cover shipping, they would revalve it for free to make sure its practically brand new for you.
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I've dealt with some. Back in the days kind of crappy but to me they were better then nothing, especially when I was on a college student's budget. Had one on a bike for about a year before I sold the bike and it worked just as good as the old school Daytona dampers, I couldn't tell the difference. Recently bought one for a project I'm working on and the dampening and adjustability is way better then the factory 09 ZX6R damper I had on the bike before getting it revalved. A lot of people are concerned that it will lock up on you being a cheap chines company. Not all Chinese product are made equal so I choose to buy from the reputable Chinese companies who's item are usually of better quality. People can continue to protest about it's your life you're risking, yet I've never had a cheap Chinese damper malfunction on me but I've had my brand name Hyperpro damper malfunction on me.

My view point on the matter is if you're just puttering around town and just want something to keep the front straight just in case you hit a pothole, I don't see the problem of investing in a well known Chinese company product, if you're on a budget. If you're going to use it to race or aggressive canyon carving, I would recommend to invest in something that is race proven and have a reputation for reliability. This is no time to be experimenting with possible subpar products.
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Thanks for the help, man. Will GPR revalve a damper even if its used and i didn't buy it directly from them? Also, some of the dampers listed on ebay say like " ohlins steering damper for honda cbr600" or whatever bike. Are these stock dampers for that specific bike, or is it usable for me?
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Dampeners and mounts are generally bike specific. Some work on more than one bike however they can be a little different. If you buy a used GPR, chances are that it won't need rebuilding to work well. I have a used GPR on my 2005 track bike and it works fine. I don't even run a dampener on my 2013 zx6r and it is fine. No headshake, no problems.
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This is the GPR damper. The actual damper unit (left side) is the same for all sportbikes. The mounting brackets to its right side are what will differ depending on the bike make/model. GPR does service their units. If you bought it new from them your first service is free with a proof of purchase. If not, they charge $35 + about $15 shipping, for servicing. If ur handy, u can buy O-rings and some oil and do it yourself for a lot cheaper. Theres videos on youtube.


I cant speak for other brands of Dampers though as I have no experience with them.
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Yeah most dampers are actually universal, it's just the mounting brackets that are bike-specific. Like I said the Ohlins I got was off an R1 and it even says it's universal, although Ohlins has a few different "universal" sizes. The only reasons I didn't go with the GPR was because 1) There were less used ones to choose from when I searched, and 2) because I didn't want to take up that much space on top of my triple clamp, just because I have other stuff going there so I wanted more space.

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Have a HyperPro on my 07 and a re-valved Ohlins on my 09. Honestly I like the HyperPro better but its subjective at best. I read some pretty nasty reviews on the GPR, some people love them and others complain about leaks over time.
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did you buy direct from Hyperpro or used?
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for users of hyperpro dampers, do you prefer the RSC or the CSC damper?
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Sorry for the delay. I bought mine brand new from the New Jersey distributor and it was a pretty penny but I couldn't find an ohlins to save my life and I don't like GPRs

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