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I am looking for my next mod. My two options are an Arrow top mount steering damper and an Ohlins 46DR rear shock. They are about the same price so my decision will come down to added performance.

What will be the better mod?
 

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Ok. I terrorize you now. In real life. And on the boards. [Borat]High five[/Borat]

If you're wondering, I'm the guy with the beat up red SV650.

Let's play 2 questions (or how many ever this turns out to be). Just straight up questions, nothing condescending.

1. What kind of adjustment do you have front and back? Have you played with it even a little bit?
2. How hard do you get on the gas coming out of turns? Any head shake at all?

If your answer to the second half of the first question is no, and yes to the second half of the second question, then get a steering damper.

Edit: Actually, screw both the hardware mods. Update the software. Save (a little of) your money and get your ass to a trackday!
 

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I bought the Ohlins first then went for the Matris Damper.
You'll notice the Ohlins more. The damper is there when you need it.
Get them both.
 

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Get the damper. If you're gonna get the rear shock... save up and get the one with all the bells and whistles. I've go t an Ohlins damper. $400 from indysuperbike. That type of $$$ isn't gonna get you the Ohlins rear shock you really want.
 

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Damper first, then see if you need the shock.

I had an SV650 - its rear shock was horible.

The Monster's stock gear is much better.

A damper however provides much needed stability at speed around bumpy roads and gives you that piece of mind re tank slappers.
 

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look at all the responses versus the poll....there are more damper votes than shock. I'm guessing it's because you started the poll after the post
 

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Get the shock, have the suspension set-up by someone who really knows how, and then decide if the damper is even necessary.
 

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Ddan said:
Get the shock, have the suspension set-up by someone who really knows how, and then decide if the damper is even necessary.
+11tyb. Once the bike is set up for you the money you would have paid for the damper can go towards other useless bling.
 

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Ddan said:
Get the shock, have the suspension set-up by someone who really knows how, and then decide if the damper is even necessary.
I agree- it's been said but the Ohlins suspension is an 'always on' application while the damper is less active most of the time.
 

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www.aztracktime.com - Call and register! You know you want to do it.
You and your damn track time. You didn't even mean to and you are terrorizing me too, not just pennyrobber.

Get the damper first, then save up the money and get the suspension. I got one for you not to thread jack, but mirrors or tail (you know the ones i am looking at)?
 

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I did the Arrow steering damper and am glad I did. I view it as insurance. I'll get to suspension next. Since I am working with the standard bars, I had to add risers to clear the tank. Also, the bolts that come with the damper, the sleeve is too long. I bought 80mm to use instead.
 

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One way you can look at this is:

Steering dampers cover problems up.
Suspension upgrades fix problems.
 

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C Fresh said:
You and your d**n track time. You didn't even mean to and you are terrorizing me too, not just pennyrobber.

Get the damper first, then save up the money and get the suspension. I got one for you not to thread jack, but mirrors or tail (you know the ones i am looking at)?
Well, hell, C Fish. Come on out to the track. Yes, you too.

Performance mods first, and then cosmetic. First performance mod? The software. [thumbsup]
 

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Well, hell, C Fish. Come on out to the track. Yes, you too.

Performance mods first, and then cosmetic. First performance mod? The software. [thumbsup]
I did end up buying something, you will have to wait until you see the bike next time. Bit of both I would say.
 
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