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post #1 of 18 Old 07-03-2013, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Universal Steering Stabilizer Install

I have really needed a steering stabilizer for the kind of riding I do on the Vee. Only recently has that decision become concrete, as I caught a tank slapper after losing traction powering out of a turn.

I do not ever plan on spending 500 something dollars on something like a stabilizer. Ohlins has cheaper dampers than the Scott's one for the Strom. Not that it is a bad one, but to me that is ridiculous. Also, i have my iPhone ram ball mount in the middle of the handlebars, and I do not want to move it anywhere else. So begins the acquisition of my Shindy Daytona universal steering stabilizer.

For $147, I received the all aluminum adjustable stabilizer with 43mm mounting kit delivered to my door. It is a hydraulic unit with 7 adjustments on it, frame and fork mount. This will possibly be an easier installation than a Scott's stabilizer, but we shall see.

I will be uploading pictures tonight of the kit and where I will mount it. I have yet to mess with it, as I got home very late last night. It is a pretty cool unit though, very sleek and low-pro. I would like to see if it was a good buy. The reviews are mixed, but most are from sport bike owners, so I don't think I'll need as much performance as they do. I just want something to feel more confident with the throttle around turns, and on gravel roads as well. As we all know, the VStrom is not so stable over 100 mph, and on these long Texas interstates, it's annoying and unnerving to say the least.




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I purchased my first Scotts Damper after breaking my collar bone.

That break almost cost me the best job in the world and that made the Scotts Damper look cheap.

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Great!!...........anticipation waiting to see what you come up with.

Lots of Suzuki GSXR Steering Dampers on Ebay.........for $19.99 and up, but you would need to fabicate a mounting system. Might be able to use the Shindy Stabilzer Mtg Collars (at $35) and a used Gixxer damper for cheap??

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Great!!...........anticipation waiting to see what you come up with.

Lots of Suzuki GSXR Steering Dampers on Ebay.........for $19.99 and up, but you would need to fabicate a mounting system. Might be able to use the Shindy Stabilzer Mtg Collars (at $35) and a used Gixxer damper for cheap??
The problem with stock suzuki dampers is that they suck. The entire reason they make aftermarket ones. This stabilizer is not as good as the Scott's damper from what I read in reviews, but it is functional and cheap, and better than stock, the entire reason most buy them is to switch from the crappy stock ones.

On a side note, it's funny how we take stock parts like brakes, forks, shocks am stabilizers from other bikes because they are "better", when the reason most people get rid of those parts is to buy better aftermarket parts, since the stock parts "suck".


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The problem with stock suzuki dampers is that they suck. The entire reason they make aftermarket ones. This stabilizer is not as good as the Scott's damper from what I read in reviews, but it is functional and cheap, and better than stock, the entire reason most buy them is to switch from the crappy stock ones.

On a side note, it's funny how we take stock parts like brakes, forks, shocks am stabilizers from other bikes because they are "better", when the reason most people get rid of those parts is to buy better aftermarket parts, since the stock parts "suck".

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Hmmmm....I didn't know this (that the GSXR dampers suck).......I figured they were selling them from all the 1,000's of wrecked 600-750-1000-1300 Gixxers?? Maybe they were all wrecked in the past due to a failed damper......

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Hmmmm....I didn't know this (that the GSXR dampers suck).......I figured they were selling them from all the 1,000's of wrecked 600-750-1000-1300 Gixxers?? Maybe they were all wrecked in the past due to a failed damper......
Well I can't be sure that they suck if I haven't used one, but they won't fit on our bike as easily as an aftermarket one, as they are slightly too short. I think you're on to something with the wrecked bikes though. As funny as it is, it seems very believable...


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Here is the new kit before installation, I am currently about halfway through installing, so far so good

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I suppose everyone puts a different value on what they consider to be important. Personally if I were to determine that a steering damper was something that I felt I needed on a bike then I would purchase the best one I could find and not the cheapest one I could find. I guess that's just me though. Seems that half the topics on this forum contain the word "Cheapest" instead of "Best". To each their own. I hope it works for you.

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I suppose everyone puts a different value on what they consider to be important. Personally if I were to determine that a steering damper was something that I felt I needed on a bike then I would purchase the best one I could find and not the cheapest one I could find. I guess that's just me though. Seems that half the topics on this forum contain the word "Cheapest" instead of "Best". To each their own. I hope it works for you.
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Would not the "best", be the cheapest solution to a problem that works?

I am definitely tuned into the success of this install. I want a stabilizer also, but not a $500 part.

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