Ural Survey: Which steering damper do you use and why?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by IndyChizzle, Aug 13, 2017.

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Which steering damper do you use, and why?

  1. Stock friction damper. I've never seen the need to upgrade.

    16 vote(s)
    38.1%
  2. Ural hydraulic damper that came stock on my bike

    7 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. Ural hydraulic damper that I added to my bike

    6 vote(s)
    14.3%
  4. Sean's R3W Steering Damper Kit

    13 vote(s)
    31.0%
  5. Some VW damper contraption that I made

    4 vote(s)
    9.5%
  6. Other

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
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  1. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skills exceed my horsepower

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    Hi Ural folks,
    I am posting this to help me make an educated decision on my 2013 Ural Tourist, and to hopefully help others who are considering replacing the friction based steering dampener on the older model rigs. If you've done this and can take the time to vote and give a sentence or two on why you picked what you picked, I'd really appreciate it.

    Here are the damper that I know of:

    Ural add on damper kit, ~$260

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    Sean's R3W Steering Damper, ~$140:

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    Thanks,
    Chuck
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  2. TurTal

    TurTal Been here awhile

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    Easy

    If you don't like spending money...keep the friction dampener

    If you're super thrifty...or just don't have a lot of it laying around....build your own....under $50.00

    If you don't mind a contraption hanging off your rig the VW dampener and brackets work just fine.....
    they've been on hacks for along time


    I've built quite a few of them and given them away...fixed rate...no adjustability...bulky and in the way


    Got money ? buy the Ural dampener....adjustable...small...out of the way...aesthetically pleasing...bolt on application


    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/2014-steering-damper-retrofit-kit.962968/

    https://uralportland.com/accessories/ural-accessories/hydraulic-steering-damper-mounting-kit/


    Cheers!




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  3. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    When I had a -11 I did install the new Ural one: great an no prob! In my 15 the stock one does not leak and works as intended! I already have the ugly VW on a couple of sc and its more than enough!!


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  4. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    Ural one


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  5. Kruzof

    Kruzof independently poor

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    I installed the hydraulic retrofit on my '12 Retro.
    I liked it mostly but decided to change to heavier fluid.
    Got in trouble with reassembly--started running with no damper.
    Still running damperless with no big problem--including full loads and as much speed as possible.
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  6. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skills exceed my horsepower

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    Any reason that you went with the Ural version instead of the Sean's R3W version? Sean's version seems more robust, and is cheaper too. It's the one I'm most likely to pick at this stage, but I want to see how people vote, and learn more before buying one.
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  7. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    <klay>
    Damper
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  8. TurTal

    TurTal Been here awhile

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  9. TurTal

    TurTal Been here awhile

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    What trouble did you run into....their easy to fix


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  10. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skills exceed my horsepower

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    Please make sure you vote! I made it so you should be able to pick multiple options, or change your vote in the future, if desired.
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  11. Bar None

    Bar None Old School Dude

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    I left the
    Ural hydraulic dampener that came stock on my bike
    on my 2015 Ural cT but dialed it down to no resistance so I could go back to it later if I wanted to.
    Installed
    Sean's R3W Steering Dampener Kit
    It seems to work just fine but no scientific proof from me that it is better than the stock one.
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  12. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skills exceed my horsepower

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    If you were upgrading from a friction version, would you buy Sean's R3W, or would you spend more on the Ural version? From everything I'm reading, it seems like the performance is similar, but Sean's R3W is about half the price of the Ural version.
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  13. Bar None

    Bar None Old School Dude

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    I think I would go with Sean's version. Some have had problems with the Ural one leaking although mine has never leaked.
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  14. Kruzof

    Kruzof independently poor

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    IIRC, the main problem is how to screw the cap down on the cylinder without getting a hydraulic lock.
    It would be so much easier if the cylinder had a bleeder screw.
    I suppose that if there was bleeder, it wouldn't even be necessary to remove the damper to change the oil.
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  15. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    As I said I have a couple of VW on other sidecars and do not like them: too heavy oil in there, take too many much space and ugly as hell. I am currently looking at replace these with ones made for bikes such as rotary ones or small ones à la 916 Ducati.
    If you look for the cheapest one the "Sean" solution is the best for sure.


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  16. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    Damper, dampener
    Damper is only a noun. It refers to (1) something that deadens, restrains, or depresses, (2) an adjustable plate for controlling a draft, and (3) one that deadens vibrations.1 Damper‘s corresponding verb is dampen, which means to deaden, restrain, or depress.

    A dampener is someone or something that dampens.3 So damper and dampener can both refer to one that deadens sound vibrations.


    I never had the need to change the old school stock Ural friction damper on my 07 Tourist. My Ural NEVER showed any indication that it would have even the slightest head shake.
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  17. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    ^^^ Just saying, when you search for the part, it's called a Steering Damper.

    Not a Steering Dampener.
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  18. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skills exceed my horsepower

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    Well, I learn something every day. Thanks for pointing this out, I will change it in the OP. I tried changing it in the poll, but the software won't let me.
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  19. cateyetech

    cateyetech Honky Cat

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    Stock friction damper for us.
    We run it with no tension and the rig tracks straight with no head shake :-)
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  20. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    I use a dampener when I'm ironing clothes. It's just water in a spray bottle.

    :rofl
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