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Does anybody know what the differences are in stock steering dampers between diff models (600, 1000, busa) and diff years? Are the shafts diff diameter, stroke lengths different or anything that wouldn't make them interchangable? Any idea which one would have been the best/sturdiest? Bonus points - which modeal/year had the gold anodized body?
 

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I thought they were all pretty much the same. And all came with equally crappy setup from the factory (i.e. not properly bled/half full of air and very light weight oil used in the damper.
 

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SPL170db said:
I thought they were all pretty much the same. And all came with equally crappy setup from the factory (i.e. not properly bled/half full of air and very light weight oil used in the damper.
LOL.....right when I saw this post title, I was thinking....wait till SPL sees this. You are the resident stock steering damper specialist. :lol
 

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I kinda thought so but wanted to check. I'm thinking a $25 ebay OEM unit bled with new 10w fluid and some fabbed up brackets is a lot better option than a $400 HyperPro or GPR at the moment.
 

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I kinda thought so but wanted to check. I'm thinking a $25 ebay OEM unit bled with new 10w fluid and some fabbed up brackets is a lot better option than a $400 HyperPro or GPR at the moment.

Depends on what you are using it for. In all honesty if it's majority for street-work and even the ocassional trackday, refilling and bleeding with 20wt fork oil should work more plenty good.

If it's not you are either riding way too fast (for the situation), using bad form/technique, or your suspension is way out of whack. Remember, a steeting damper is a band-aid to an underlying problem. Most headshake can be attributed to improper suspension setup.
 

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Maybe its because I have "only" a 600 but Im never had anything even close to a slapper, wobble or headshake. Even when going full throttle 1st gear up steep hills I havent had anything happen. IIRC one day I was hauling ass around a bumpy corner and hit a dip in the road that caused my front tire to come up, when it hit the ground it "snapped" right back into the same line, didnt shake or nothing. Maybe this is because of the damper, maybe its because its a 600, who knows.

Im gonna have a go at some 5wt, even though I havent tried anything else, I still feel that even 10w would be too thick for my liking.
 

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SPL170db said:
Remember, a steeting damper is a band-aid to an underlying problem. Most headshake can be attributed to improper suspension setup.
No, a lot of the headshake on modern bikes can be attributed to frame geometry. I don't think Suzuki put the dampers on as a band aid from the factory. I'm just bummed my new bike didn't have one stock. I'm only gettnig headshake under hard accel out of the corners. Perfectly controllable, it's just psychological. Just something to address before I start doing trackdays next year. I've also gotta check the steering head bearings over the winter since that seems to be a common issue on the 10.

Booenson, my 01 600 was fine as well. Don't know if it was the damper or not either but the bars were noticably stiffer to turn on that bike.
 

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The busa's dampner is larger than the others...

larger volume of oil = larger dampning piston = more dampning

the thing about the busa's is the clearance that you will need to install it. I had to be creative, but it works well with my setup. I did the 20w fork oil which is initially stiff, but after I have gotten used to it, I would not do any lighter weight.
 
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