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Steering Stabilizer Settings?

Hi Guys -

Just got my new Scott's steering stabilizer installed yesterday. I read the manual over and over and over again. I really haven't made any adjustments yet. Low Speed (7 clicks OUT from Clockwise) High Speed (1/4 turn past stock setting). I can tell you that I took the 35 mile run to work this morning and I noticed a difference in the way my 954 feels immediately. Felt tighter in the turns.

I ride 90% street an 10% "other". So....what settings do you guys recommend so that I have the best use of this expensive little addition?

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I ride 90% street an 10% "other". So....what settings do you guys recommend so that I have the best use of this expensive little addition?
Depends.

Play with it to a point where you feel comfortable. I just got mine installed last night. I rode for a while today and kept it on the firmest setting while in some twisties up near the lake.

When I got closer to town, I turned it back to about the 10 o'clock position.

From what I've found, it ain't rocket science. Just remember, when it is tight, making a right-hand turn from a stoplight is a bitch and it can hinder you quickly. Know where it's set, and get used to it being there. One slip up, and you could find yourself on your ass. The good thing is, if that happens, most likely it'll be at 2 mph.
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Re: Steering Stabilizer Settings?

As told to me by a track instructor once... "it's set too high, you dont want to fight the damper as well as the forces of the bike while in a turn"

then he said something like:
set it somewhere in the middle and decrease it gradually until you feel headshake while riding... then increase it a little bit...

I'm still a little skeptical because at high speeds I never felt a difference whether I had it turned up or when I occasionally forgot to turn it all the way up.

Maybe some more knowledgeable folks can chime in?

That said.... I dont turn it all the way up on the track anymore... just almost all the way...

The rest of the time I take advantage of the fact that its adjustable!...all the way down in the paddock/city traffic... and somewhere in between depending on my mood.

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Good advice guys! Keep it coming.....this is what I need to hear.

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Good advice guys! Keep it coming.....this is what I need to hear.
lol...use at your own risk... I dont claim to actually know anything... just passing down what was told to me.

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lol...use at your own risk... I dont claim to actually know anything... just passing down what was told to me.

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Re: Steering Stabilizer Settings?

I have had my scotts on 2 different bikes so far. On the street i used to set it about 4-6 clicks from full soft and a few more on the track. If you have it on full hard, back it down. You do not nned it that high, if you do you have other issues that need to ba addressed. Try and keep it on the softest setting without getting a violent headshake, some light headshake is expected so do not try and turn it up too far as to try and totally eliminate it.

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You do not nned it that high, if you do you have other issues that need to ba addressed.
I got mine used, lemme make sure this thing is working right, then.

At full setting, I still have about 1/4" of somewhat "free" play before the damping kicks in. Is this right, or is something outta wack with the damper?

Also, when you say "full soft" where are you talking about on dial position -- do you mean turning the thing down multiple rotations, or just a few clicks?

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Re: Steering Stabilizer Settings?

Guess instructions help.

I just got done reading the manual, and found that there's sweep settings and the high speed setting; no telling where the previous owner had it set.

Guess I'll check everything out tomorrow, bring it back to stock, if it isn't there already, and adjust from there.

I also sent Scotts an e-mail to check on servicing the damper. Previous owner said it was mounted for 5800 miles. May be time for a little tune-up.
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I have had my scotts on 2 different bikes so far. On the street i used to set it about 4-6 clicks from full soft and a few more on the track. If you have it on full hard, back it down. You do not nned it that high, if you do you have other issues that need to ba addressed. Try and keep it on the softest setting without getting a violent headshake, some light headshake is expected so do not try and turn it up too far as to try and totally eliminate it.
When you say not to turn it up too far - you are referring to complete clockwise correct? It's basically on the stock setting of 8 clicks OUT from totally clockwise. Are you saying that 8 clicks out is too dampered for the street? From what you are saying - you have it 4-6 clicks from totally counter-clockwise for the street?

Sorry if I confuse - I'm trying to make sense off all the advise.

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Re: Steering Stabilizer Settings?

I have a Hyperpro reactive damper on mine and it works great, without slowing down the turn-in speed
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When you say not to turn it up too far - you are referring to complete clockwise correct? It's basically on the stock setting of 8 clicks OUT from totally clockwise. Are you saying that 8 clicks out is too dampered for the street? From what you are saying - you have it 4-6 clicks from totally counter-clockwise for the street?

Sorry if I confuse - I'm trying to make sense off all the advise.
What I am refering to as full soft is the dial with the small black pointer on it. Full soft is all the way counter clockwise and full hard is clockwise all the way. It should (if memory serves me correct) have 28 clicks from full hard to full soft.

If you read the manual it should give you a greater understanding of the workings of the unit. If you do not have one call Scotts and have then send you one.

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Re: Steering Stabilizer Settings?

The manual is available for downloading at:

http://scottsperformance.com/literature/manual.pdf

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I have the manual. I was just unsure if Hammer was referring to the totally soft position as counter-clockwise - and he was.

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Re: Steering Stabilizer Settings?

i use the stock recommended settings and havent had any issues and i ride hard & illegal

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