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Old 03-18-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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2014 steering damper retrofit kit

Ural has released their 2014 style hydraulic steering damper retrofit kit for 2013 and older rigs.




Installation is easy, takes about 20 minutes

remove the friction damper





Punch out the friction disc pin,



install right mount on front strut,



install left mount using the friction damper knob, and a bolt through the hole where the pin was with the washer between the triple tree and damper bracket,



Secure the damper to the brackets with supplied hardware and spacers, center damper on rod making sure it doesn't bottom out at either lock and tighten all hardware.



The kit retains the friction damper knob, but it could be replaced with a peice of all thread with a nut and washer on top if desired.



The knob on the end of the rod adjusts the dampening rate, there are 15 steps increasing the rate when turned clockwise.

On my older rig with the rubber bushings in the swing arms, it makes a significant difference in handling, especially in the corners.
It reduces the tendency to follow irregularities or the crown in the road, softens and slows yaw under throttle and braking almost to the point it feels like its eliminated, tracks exactly where you point it in the corners even if they are rough, and makes it feel steadier at higher speeds. In short, what you would expect a damper to do.

For 08 and later rigs with bearings in the swing arms I suspect the difference will be less dramatic, but still worthwhile.
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:41 AM   #2
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Thanks for the step by step. Mine is ordered and in the mail! Can't wait to install it and try it out.
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:20 AM   #3
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Nice install write up with photos. Much clearer for me than the ones on SS. If I end up keeping my 2012 I'll invest in one. Think I would get rid of the knob with the acorn nut on top idea. The 2014 that I rode in the short demo ride at Gene Holopaw's seemed to handle better.

Excuse the grin but it is a nice ride.
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:37 AM   #4
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How much does that run?
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:00 PM   #5
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How much does that run?
Around $250.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:16 PM   #6
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Around $250.
I just ordered one from Ural NW for significantly less than that. I hope it shows up soon!
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:36 PM   #7
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I talked to Ben at nw Ural today...he said they had one more in stock and it may be a month or so before they get more.

Thanks for the write up, Barry
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:04 PM   #8
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Got my damper installed, wow, that thing is nice!

I've only got 1000 kilometers on my Ural, and I've never driven any other sidecar but this is how I expected my Gear Up to handle from the beginning. I've only put 12 miles on the damper but it's a keeper!
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:41 AM   #9
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I just ordered one from Ural NW for significantly less than that. I hope it shows up soon!
What is significantly less?
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:09 AM   #10
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Ural NW had them for $180 + $10 shipping. Works great, well worth it.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:21 AM   #11
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Thanks, Barry.

Your helpful descriptions and photos always appreciated. After reading your posts and those who have now added the damper I ordered one from Pacific NW Ural.

Ben had a couple in stock yesterday.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:18 PM   #12
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Yep a pretty good improvement, if you don't have one you need one I think.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:26 PM   #13
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Just rode my rig home in some pretty good wind gusts. Before I changed damper gusts would make the rig dart around and my heart race on occasion. With the new damper it's more like a firm but gentle weave, and I can retain my calm, cool composure.
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:34 AM   #14
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Thanks for the write up Windmill. Got mine put on with little issue. Now just to try it out!

Got it out twice this weekend. Once was just a short trip around town with the dog. No issues and it felt goo.

Next ride was with the wife and we were out and about through the hills and back roads for about 2 hours. Purposely tried to keep the speed up in some less than smooth corners etc to see how the front end would respond. Pleased to say the rough corners etc were very drama free. With the added weight of a person in the car, it still pulls and pushes on acceleration/deceleration, but not as much and once moving, regular throttle adjustments don't upset the bike nearly as much (empty they really don't do anything to the bike). So all in all, I like the improvement and think it was money well spent.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:03 PM   #15
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I ride a rough ranch road for 1 mile to get to the front gate. The damper made a very noticeable difference. I have it cranked fully in and I don't feel like I'm fighting it any more. Very smooth. My ural is a 13 GU.
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