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Ok I have K6 600 and our shop guys always trys to tell me and my buddy we should look into a steering damper (or dampner, i hear both and dont know which it correctly is) Are they worth it for our bikes, and do our bikes have one already? I pretty much do only street riding, but am looking into starting track days this spring/summer. Any info you guys know or can enlighten me with about our bikes would be great. Thanks guys
 

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for the money it's hard to beat the ohlins which goes in the oem location. Another alternative is the hyperpro which goes in the same location. The hyperpro is an active damper so it gets firmer when needed and softer when needed. The ohlins unit lets you control the adjustment as does the scotts.
 

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man you guys are fast, lol Ok so it is worth to get an aftermarket one. Is there a big difference between the slide bar type ones and the box type ones that sit on the top of the triple tree? or do they do the exact same thing. I do like the ida of the active damper.
 

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They both do the exact same thing. Most all new bikes could use a better one. It's not needed but if you ride on rough roads or ride very aggresively then yes it's needed. IMO a good damper, sliders, and good gear are what nearly every bike owner should have. Others will chime in i'm sure. Most gixxer dampers honestly aren't that hot either...the oem ones.
 

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Thanks corey. Im the kind of guy like that likes to be the ebst at whatever i learn to do, so this summer will def be one of pushing myself further on the bike. So since the ohlins and the hyperpro are like exactly the same price and both adjustable, which do you guys think is better. I like the 'sound' of the active dampner on the hyperpro if it actually works like they say. The Ohlins sounds more like a linear dampner setting? So im open to everyones suggestions even if its not one of those 2. Id rather spend a little more now and grow into its larger abilities than have to buy twice and end up spending more total.
 

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I prefer the top mount Scott's or GPR. big improvement though no matter what damper you get. Some replace the fluid in the stock unit and are happy
 

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Lots of people get by fine without an aftermarket damper. If the bars arent flapping then why spend the money.

Nate749: When i had my k3 thou, the thou section on that OTHER forum had lots of posts about people changing the fluid in the stock unit.
 

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outofmydepth said:
Lots of people get by fine without an aftermarket damper. If the bars arent flapping then why spend the money.
You would be surprised..........
 

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outofmydepth said:
Lots of people get by fine without an aftermarket damper. If the bars arent flapping then why spend the money.

Nate749: When i had my k3 thou, the thou section on that OTHER forum had lots of posts about people changing the fluid in the stock unit.
The Op is very light, the better move for him is to get a good aftermkt dampner..
 

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Yeah i Just read his write up on it, thanks. Im still torn on having to replace the oil till i like the way it feels. Esp since im just starting to ride harder so id prob be changing the oil a lot in it till i get it where its nice. Im also a pretty small guy, so I think the quick adjustability of it will be better for me getting it dialed into what i need.

But what are your feelings about that. I see jordan has voted for the aftermarket so far, lol
 

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changing the oil can help, but it doesn't come close to a fully adjustable one. Adjustability is very nice if you're a hard rider.
 

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... by what?
You said "why spend the money if the bars aren't flapping" I was just replying that you would be surprised whata nice aftermarket adjustable damper will do for a bike, wether the bars are flapping or not
 

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How far can u push the limits on the stock damper?
I'm pretty much a track newbie myself and didn't have an aftermarket damper on my first trackday...i know i was prolly goin slow as bolls:moped but I figure it was something more advanced riders would use as they flick in and out of turns at the track. What exactly do dampers do? I thought they help prevent tank slappers?
 

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all depends on how you ride, the terrain you ride on, etc. I will say that you don't want to push the limit because one tankslapper or unsteady front end and you'll probably buy a good aftermarket damper that very day.
 
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