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post #1 of 16 Old 04-18-2014, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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top of 1st the front end wobbles going down the track..

first time with my 11 zx10r at the 1/8th mile here in West Point ky. I'm running full power, no TC and at the top of first the front begins to wobble. it's done it on the street before i'm wondering if the dampner is set too soft???

only thing done to the bike is a m4 slip on. air pressure in the tire is set to oem specs.

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Advice about what? It's normal. Lighten your grip on the bars, get your suspension adjusted for your weight, drop the tire pressure slightly, and learn to ride it out.


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I was thinking maybe setting the dampner a little stiffer... isn't that's what it's for?
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Advice about what? It's normal. Lighten your grip on the bars, get your suspension adjusted for your weight, drop the tire pressure slightly, and learn to ride it out.


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Yes tinker with your damper. Won't hurt anything. If you're afraid to mess with the damper a liter bike isn't for you. But making the damper stiffer doesn't always help and isn't always the solution. Don't hold on all tight like females do when they get scared.

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shift and grab some more throttle

Yes tinker with your damper. Won't hurt anything. If you're afraid to mess with the damper a liter bike isn't for you. But making the damper stiffer doesn't always help and isn't always the solution. Don't hold on all tight like females do when they get scared.

The damper is there to prevent RAPID oscillations. Some wiggle/headshake is to be expected and is normal. If you want to adjust the damper slightly, go ahead. But it's not there to mask or increase the steering effort and completely remove all shake from the front. You need to learn to control the throttle without pulling the bars while twisting the throttle. Most headshake and chassis issues are due to suspension set up problems and rider input. As the front gets light, some twitchiness is perfectly acceptable. Know it, learn it, love it.


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this track is an 1/8th, I've ran my 05 ZX10r which was modded a lot more and never had the shake up front even with sprocket change for quicker acceleration. I understand the dampner isn't a fix for all or any shaking especially the oem dampner, I bought the bike used with 2k miles and I was thinking maybe the original owner played with it, possibly loosened it up. I'm not sure which way stiffens it up, i'm no knee dragger so possibly stiffing the dampner for track use could help. just was i was thinking off the top of my head, but i asked for advice and i guess im just gonna have to keep practicing.
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By taking out preload (adding rider sag) you'll find that the front tire stays in contact better and thus you'll have better stability.

At least that works well for road racing.
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If you're talking about the steering damper I believe its clockwise to tighten it up, just adjust it one way and wiggle the bars you'll be able to tell if its getting tighter or looser.
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Yes, if you're looking at the damper knob, turning it clockwise stiffens it.


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