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Hello, I have a 2010 z1000 and was wondering if anyone has installed a steering damper on a 3rd gen and how it worked out? Mine feels a bit twitchy over about 115mph. Any advice on where to get one would be appreciated. Thanks Chuck
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Hello, I have a 2010 z1000 and was wondering if anyone has installed a steering damper on a 3rd gen and how it worked out? Mine feels a bit twitchy over about 115mph. Any advice on where to get one would be appreciated. Thanks Chuck
I have the Hyper Pro RSC on my antique 03 and it works just as it should. A lot of the Gen 1,2 and 3 folks are running the same damper just diff. mounting. they may have it for the Gen 4 but I'm not for sure. Just a minute. HEY Ash!! You there? What's the story on the setup for the Gen 4. Hang on a minute or two will get a answer.

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Thanks for the info, so far the Hyper pro is the only one I found for my bike. I guess I'll go with it. Yours looks good, never seen one on a bike. I had an orange '03 till last year, sold it and bought a newer bike, really miss it. Thanks again.
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Well, thanks to Koggs that has linked us to the DMV site we do now have a steering damper. Im looking into this at the moment. Similar design and setup to your JYD...


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Well, thanks to Koggs that has linked us to the DMV site we do now have a steering damper. Im looking into this at the moment. Similar design and setup to your JYD...
German parts turned out in Taiwan with German instructions. Still very nicely made. Just make sure you don't get the Cheap Tacky Looking Gold One. As they will never work as well. The parts that are gold on my bike are all parts that I was lucky enough to find at great prices so I could afford to do some upgrades and Yes they are gold. Wasn't my first pick. And I didn't think they looked that bad on a bright orange bike.I also found Gillies rear sets new in the box for $200.00 but they are Cheap Tacky looking Gold also so I'm sure they suck. Figure I did the Zx10r wheels because they look so much better than any of the high dollar aftermarket wheels? With things that happen in life that I or nobody else can control my income isn't what I had planned or had set up to be at this point in my life. No Biggie, woke up breathing this morning, Shinny Cheap Tacky Gold bike in garage! So hell it's a Great! Day.

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Superchuck before you get a damper check your sag. I have seen many a machine do the same thing by having way much sag. Had a guy at work complaining and then check his sag last year and cured his twitch right away.

Improper Sag:
Too much sag in the front forks (insufficient fork spring preload):
  • Head to shake especially during deceleration
  • Forks bottom under hard braking
  • Nervousness front end, and turns too quickly into corners
Too much to sag in the rear suspension (insufficient shocked preload):
  • Bike wallows during hard acceleration
  • Consistently tries to drift in the middle of corners
  • Light, and vague steering, especially when with a passenger
Not enough sag in the front forks (too much preload and/or too stiff a spring):
  • Consistently tries to drift in the middle of corners
  • Front tire may skitter and lose traction under hard braking
  • Head shake, especially during hard acceleration coming off corners
Not enough sag in the rear suspension (too much preload and/or too stiff a spring):
  • Rear wheel hop over bumps while decelerating
  • Over steer into corners with rear end feeling nervous
  • Loss of traction during hard acceleration, especially over rises in the road


Rebound Damping:

Too much rebound damping in the front forks:
  • Front end harsh after encountering consecutive bumps
  • Over steers (turn in too sharply) after completing braking before corners
  • Head shake may develop while slowing in bumpy sections
Too much rebound damping in the rear shock:
  • Drifts wide into the middle of moderately bumpy corners
  • Shock may feel harsh or bottom out after encountering consecutive bumps
  • Rear tire loses contact with pavement, while traveling over elevation rises
Not enough rebound damping in the front forks:
  • Drifts wide upon releasing brakes while the trail breaking into a corner
  • Nervous feeling, and undesired line corrections occurring in turns
  • Front-end instability when encountering mid corner surface irregularities
Not enough rebound damping in the rear shock:
  • Excessive front-end dive during hard braking with rapid forward weight transfer
  • Lack of stability mid corner, with weaving behavior
  • Excessive and/or abnormal rear tire wear


Compression Damping:

Too much compression damping in front forks:
  • Very sharp shock felt through handlebars on potholes' or abrupt pavement seams
  • Lack of full fork travel despite extreme riding conditions and hard braking
  • Chattering front tire, loss of traction, on pavement irregularities while cornering
Too much compression damping in rear shock:
  • Loss of rear tire traction during hard acceleration
  • Over steering on corner entrances
  • Rear tire chatter and loss of traction during braking
Not enough compression and damping in front forks:
  • Excessive front end dive during hard braking
  • Lack of front end feedback while cornering
  • Excessive front end movement while cornering
Not enough compression damping in rear shock:
  • Bike may run wide at corner as throttle is being rolled on hard
  • Wallowing during sudden throttle roll off a deceleration
  • Lack of feedback from rear tire at throttle roll-on during cornering
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Hi I have 2016 plate z1000 Kawasaki done about 340 mile feel hard st the front and bumps some times like your on skates any idea or is it just me look forward to your answer
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Hi I have 2016 plate z1000 Kawasaki done about 340 mile feel hard st the front and bumps some times like your on skates any idea or is it just me look forward to your answer

Hi Maz, we'd love to help you.


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