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Old 11-26-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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Steering Dampers

I know there are a lot of questions about running one on your bike from other people on the forum,
I am looking for opinions from experience on the two obvious styles available.

I have used ones like this on my DH bike not Ohlins but same design



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I understand how they work and why they are used, my question(s)
are what are the pro's and/or con's of the two styles?

I like the Clean look of GPR but would not want to run it if they don't work as well as the Ohlins style.
I looking for input from people on the forum here who have had experience with one or the other or both.

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Re: Steering Dampers

It's definitely a different feeling between the linear and rotary one. I have both these. One on the A bike, one on the B bike.

They both do in fact work. Once I got used to and set the GPR correctly, I was happy with it and didn't need to think about it again! I still prefer the linear models though.

One thing I think is that the ohlins may not crash as well as the GPR from my recent experiences. But other than that, it's a matter of preference and affordability. The new new ohlins comes with a valve kit in it that was a $250+ option!! The initial movement feels better on the ohlins to me, and the adjustability is finer IMO as well.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:07 AM   #4
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Re: Steering Dampers

I didn't even think about the difference in feel.. That definitely makes sense.
Was the new Valve kit to improve the damping? Or the fine adjust-ability?
I can see the Liner version being smoother as they have a longer stroke on the damping rod.
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Ive never used the ohlins damper before, but Ive had my GPR on my bike for 3 years now. I love how easy it is from the install to the actual use of the damper. No fine tuning needed like with some other dampers. Just turn the knob to the number that feels the best for you and just adjust from there. GPR's customer service is also great! They fixed my GPR damper from what was pretty much I thought a paper weight, to brand new again for only a service charge of $30 something dollars. GPR
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Ive never used the ohlins damper before, but Ive had my GPR on my bike for 3 years now. I love how easy it is from the install to the actual use of the damper. No fine tuning needed like with some other dampers. Just turn the knob to the number that feels the best for you and just adjust from there. GPR's customer service is also great! They fixed my GPR damper from what was pretty much I thought a paper weight, to brand new again for only a service charge of $30 something dollars. GPR
Can you feel with it engages? Or keeps a consistent feel all the time.
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Butter. It is a good question and I wanted to see what people said.
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The gpr damper is always engage. Even when its on 0 you'll still feel a hint of resistance .
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:01 PM   #10
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Heard the scotts damper was best
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