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post #1 of 9 Old 08-03-2016, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Steering damper/dampener/stabilizer for a 2004?

Where can I get one without paying full retail on the cheap?

Labor alone from the dealer is quoting a few hundred.

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A few hundred labor for installing a damper? RUN AWAY AND DO NOT LOOK BACK


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What's reasonable?
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What's reasonable?
For example to install my hyperpro damper...you take off the washer/nut for the stem and add a mounting plate and then re-torque the stem nut. You have a clamp that holds the damper itself which is two more quick bolts with corresponding washer/o-ring...one bolt for the clamp to the plate and one to tension the clamp to the damper unit. The front two oem tank mount bolts get swapped for longer hardware to compensate for the installed mounting base/point for the end of the damper (another bolt/washer/o-ring) to connect to.

With the right tools it is about a 10 minute job. Granted some are a bit different in design or mounting location but all are relatively simple to install. So if they are saying a few hundred they are trying to bend you over with no lube my friend. Just my .02 but that seems badly out of line.

For example pics of what I am talking about just google image search, "hyperpro steering damper zx-10r 2004" and take a look.


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Where did you buy your damper?

Are there instructions or do you know the torque specs for the stem nut?

Any additional things needed to be bought that don't come with the damper?

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Where did you buy your damper?

Are there instructions or do you know the torque specs for the stem nut?

Any additional things needed to be bought that don't come with the damper?

Thanks again,
I honestly don't remember where I bought mine...I just figured out which one I needed and found a good deal. Yes it came with instructions and the damper I bought was all inclusive...nothing else to buy. Looks like these guys will take care of you.

As for the torque spec, here is a link to get a free service manual:

Kawasaki Service Repair Manual Download

This is your bikes bible. Get to know it.

If you just don't have the cash for a new unit some guys are fitting oem units from other bikes (think newer 10R) onto this one. Some people chuck the oem units in favor of an aftermarket unit and you can probably scoop up the old oem one relatively cheap. Sometimes the reason why they get rid of them is because the oem units aren't valved correctly to give proper damping...lawyers and all. The unit can be revalved fairly cheaply. (Sorry I can't remember right off hand where they were getting them done.)

Just take some time and get to know the bike and really scour the forums. The search engine here is kinda meh but look around and you can find some very good info. There are a lot of knowledgeable people here...and while not nearly as active as this place used to be there is still a wealth of info to be had.


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I honestly don't remember where I bought mine...I just figured out which one I needed and found a good deal. Yes it came with instructions and the damper I bought was all inclusive...nothing else to buy. Looks like these guys will take care of you.

As for the torque spec, here is a link to get a free service manual:

Kawasaki Service Repair Manual Download

This is your bikes bible. Get to know it.

If you just don't have the cash for a new unit some guys are fitting oem units from other bikes (think newer 10R) onto this one. Some people chuck the oem units in favor of an aftermarket unit and you can probably scoop up the old oem one relatively cheap. Sometimes the reason why they get rid of them is because the oem units aren't valved correctly to give proper damping...lawyers and all. The unit can be revalved fairly cheaply. (Sorry I can't remember right off hand where they were getting them done.)

Just take some time and get to know the bike and really scour the forums. The search engine here is kinda meh but look around and you can find some very good info. There are a lot of knowledgeable people here...and while not nearly as active as this place used to be there is still a wealth of info to be had.
Most people have revalving done by Kyle Racing: Kyle Racing - Roadracing Motorcycles
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