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Hi Guys

Todd at WASP just confirmed that they no longer offer a steering damper TMSD kit (top mount steering damper).

Anyone know of available options? Is there any benefit of a top mounted versus a frame-to-fork option apart from cosmetics?

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Would you mind sharing how much you paid for yours?


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For a Sport 1000 I was quoted $688 to $775 depending if you want the Bitubo or Ohlins damper. More if you get parts anodized in specific colors. Contact JC for specifics.
 

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Thanks LEXngton. Did the damper make much difference to your ride? Why did you buy a damper (head shake??) Did it sort the problem? Did you try anything else in addition?
 

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I have bi-tubo tmsd, works well, got it as I had lowered the forks a bit and it smoothed things out as it got a bit twitchy at speed.
 

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Here is an example of how the steering damper mounts on the top yoke. I have the ohlins setup. Got it from JCP about two years ago.


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You may or may not like the look of it, but GPR Stabilizers has a fit kit for the GT and the Sport 1000. Just FYI in case you needed another option.
 

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Thanks LEXngton. Did the damper make much difference to your ride? Why did you buy a damper (head shake??) Did it sort the problem? Did you try anything else in addition?
I bought the WASP TMSD with ohlins for less than $500 about a decade ago and it's the best mod you can do to your bike. It won't fix the shitty stock suspension but it will remove head shake and tank-slap that results from hitting any bumps with the bouncy stock forks.

worth every penny.
 

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Thanks LEXngton. Did the damper make much difference to your ride? Why did you buy a damper (head shake??) Did it sort the problem? Did you try anything else in addition?
Honestly I didn’t have any issues with steering or handling of my 2006 SC. Maybe that’s because I upgraded to a Andreani front kit and Marchesini wheels but feel you can never rule out a occasional tank slapper. Got all black anodized Bitubo. Looks good and I’m glad I spent the money for peace of mind if nothing else.
 
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I'd start with the Andreani or Bitubo Fork internals.
We offer them along with color and surface treatment upgrades
JC PAK Bikes Andreani conversion. TiN Slider Black Lowers Gold Uppers

http://jcpakbikes.com/willisgoldupgrade/source/image/img_1348.jpg


Honestly I didn’t have any issues with steering or handling of my 2006 SC. Maybe that’s because I upgraded to a Andreani front kit and Marchesini wheels but feel you can never rule out a occasional tank slapper. Got all black anodized Bitubo. Looks good and I’m glad I spent the money for peace of mind if nothing else.
 

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I apologize to bump this old thread but I was not getting a clear answer so here it goes. Is a Steering Damper really an essential upgrade for our Sport Classic's or not?
Being that said what Steering Damper is this? I have seen it on a couple of GT pictures.
 

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It is not an essential item. Nor is it necessarily an upgrade. There was several discussions back in the day about them so there will be plenty of opinions.
 

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Hi,

I had a steering damper on my GT, because a, all the scare stories of people being thrown off or getting tank slappers and b, I was experiencing a lot of handlebar shake over bumps. The damper worked, but even on the softest setting made the steering too stiff so that the bike rolled around in a straight line. After I sorted out the stock forks with an oil change the tendency to slap disappeared, so I removed the damper and dropped the forks through the yokes to give the forks a little more rake. I've never used or needed the damper since.
 

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After I sorted out the stock forks with an oil change the tendency to slap disappeared, so I removed the damper and dropped the forks through the yokes to give the forks a little more rake. I've never used or needed the damper since.
This, sort out the suspension, get some weight out of the wheels and the need for a damper pretty much goes away.
 
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