Scotts stabilizer with RDubb's triple?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by roadsacallin, May 1, 2012.

  1. roadsacallin

    roadsacallin '81 R80 G/S, '74 R90S

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    I have one of RDubb's custom triples mounted on my 1981 R80 G/S along with a BRP submount (SMO-9018P3). I'm trying to figure out the best way to mount a Scotts stabilizer to the head. I don't want to weld onto the frame, so I'm looking for the correct bolt-on tower to fit the G/S. The guys at BRP say finding the correct combination of inside diameter, tower height, and interior diameter contour (to avoid welding beads, etc.) would be difficult. Has anyone had success with this setup, and if so, which clamp-on tower did you use?

    Thanks,
    Marcus
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  2. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    HPMguy makes towers for the airhead GSs. If there were an off the shelf one that fit, I bet he wouldn't make them, but who knows there might be one out there that someone missed.
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  3. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    HPMGuy actually makes the pin that clamps to the steering head that the damper lock onto... not the towers, those are what Marcus already has.

    ontic has the complete package from HPMGuy

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  4. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Yep, we're talking about the same thing. They're called tower pins.
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  5. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    Ahh, thanks. Learned something new today :D
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  6. roadsacallin

    roadsacallin '81 R80 G/S, '74 R90S

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    I've been in contact with Ontic, and he sent me detailed images of HPMguy's pin tower. It just clears the stock g/s tank and it looks like it will work with the PD tank also. I've ordered one from HPMguy. I'll be getting the offroad damper rather than the street version, partly because the guys at Scotts recommended it for my riding style, and partly because I'll also be using it on my KTM 450. Thanks, Spencer, for the connection. Lobo, I've been following your WP Extreme thread; thanks for taking the time to document the whole process. There's a lot of great information in there. I love this forum!!
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    elmontanero Practicing...

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  8. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    I'm not familiar with either damper, so I might be just whizzing in the wind,.... does the pin or frame holder have to be off the back? Can the lever for the damper go off the front? I was just thinking there may be more room at the front of the steering head to mount something.
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  9. ontic

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    Theoretically the pin tower could go on the front. However the pivot point for the arm on the damper still needs to be exactly over the steering stem. Thus you would need quite a long arm to get out past the clamps (and their offset), and for the same reason you would have to offset the pin tower by a greater amount to get it out past the triple clamps at full steering lock, pushing everything out pretty far and long. And you would need to fab your own damper mount to flip it around, and the damper controls might be hard to reach. There may be other issues.
    I am sure it could be done if it had to be but to my mind it would introduce many more problems than it solves.
    My stock G/S tank fits fine with just a little contact with the pin tower- I could shim out the rubber bumper thing on the frame to push the tank back a little, or just massage (dent) the tank back in the little spot required. I think I will go with the second option. My 45 liter Sauer tank fits fine with no contact whatsoever as it has a bit more room in that area.
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