Honda GL1500 Steering Damper


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Honda GL1500 Steering Damper

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Has anyone any instructions on installing a steering damper on a GL1500 ?

I purchased this. Both items. http://www.jpcycles.com/1988-honda-gold ... ng-dampers

As 1 can see, they state specifically for a GL1500. Yet when it comes to support, a youtube video or even a support link or PDF, I have been informed it is just a universal fit.

Amazing in my opinion, because as I say, well the link does state specifically for that model.

Any help, anyone has, would be much appreciated.


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I am uncertain as to why you may need a steering dampener on a GL1500 but did you call J&P Cycles @ International 1-386-603-7090 and ask them about installation procedures? They supposedly have "Customer Approved" Free Tech Support.
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No. But I did chat to them on line. Below is a transcript of the chat.

So from the information received, I then searched the V-Twin product. Nothing there either.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with our customer care team, a copy of your transcript is listed below

Kelissa: Thank you for using J&P Cycles Customer Service Chat. One moment while I review your request.

Kelissa: One moment while I check on that for you. Thank you

Kelissa: Unfortunately we do not have any special instructions for that item.

Michael: Well there must be something ? You list it specifically for that bike... As it is, I would not have the slightest idea what to even do with it. I would have thought, if you sell something, to specifically suit a particular model bike, you would include at least something ? There is nothing what so ever in the box. Just the damper.\

Kelissa: Note: This item is a universal/custom fit component, and does not have any direct standard/OEM model application. Some items may require modification and an advanced level of mechanical skill and/or knowledge for installation.

Kelissa: I can connect you to a tech maybe they can help you with something one moment please.

Michael: ok

Gill: Did you also order the fork tube clamp

Michael: I ordered 2 things... Only 1 arrived.

Michael: Parts that have shipped Item No. Description Qty. Unit Price Your Price 230-408 STEERING DAMPER CLAMP 39MM 1 $42.99 $42.99 Parts not yet shipped Item No. Description Qty. Unit Price Your Price 230-242 ALLOY STEERING DAMPER 1 $109.99 $109.99

Michael: I only received the second item

Gill: Not all orders ship in one box

Gill: we do not have directions for this

Michael: So is that other part, the one that is required ?

Gill: Yes

Michael: OK and are there instructions, in that box, when it comes ?

Gill: Just for that peice

Michael: With respect, you do specify it, for that particular model. You should have a you tube clip or video, showing 1 being fitted

Michael: As It is it is pretty useless ....

Gill: We are a retailer not the manufacture. The manufacturer does installation videos for their products

Michael: OK, so who is the manufacturer of the product, so I can find a video ?

Gill: That comes from V-twin

Michael: Thanks I will have a look

Gill: Is there anything else I can assist you with?

Gill: Thank you for chatting with J&P Cycles.
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I guess you are on your own on the installation. But tell me, why is it that you need a steering dampener? I don't know of any instance when a dampener was needed on a GL1500.
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Well I was just told, and by them, I might add, that they just handle so much better.

I find it a little bit squiggly on road works and stuff.

I have a brace and done the bearing - all good, running Venom tyre on the front. As good as new.

Only a fairly recent purchase. Low KLM 60000. But done everything that is rubber, such as timing belts fuel lines etc etc.

Rides beautiful. I even fitted a new stereo system, which came up great, with GPS. I did it in such a way, that it is basically only secured by body filler and silicone. so the original can be put back for authenticity.

Just compared to the GL1800, I had, well as I say this is squiggly and I was recommended to a damper.
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The only thing I did find was this by the way...

Now I understand the 2 pics, on the right, being the cover and where to attach it to, but I do not understand, where they are talking about to the body.

Seems like almost 2 possibilities ? 1 minute they are talking about the fork and then they are talking about mounting to brake caliper, almost.

Then I did not understand the mounting body point.
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Truthfully I know nothing about the installation of a steering dampener but I don't think I would want it attached so low on the fork tube. I have only seen a couple of dampeners and they were attached to the fork up higher, near the lower triple tree and those were on dirt bikes.
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You want it up high as close to the triple tree as possible. You also want to make sure that it's high enough that even under full compression, the lower forks will never contact it.

I don't know where the damper itself will mount, but it has to be at the right angle, and it has to be VERY secure, as it will get a lot of continuous force back and forth.

This sort of thing is typically used to overcome very quick steering systems (typically found on sportbikes and racing bikes) that have a strong tendency to speed-wobble, to prevent "tank slappers." The Goldwings, due to their weight and suspension geometry can be susceptible to this when decelerating through around 35 mph or so, particularly if your hands are not securely on the grips. This damper would stop that tendency for sure, as it would reduce the resonant frequency of the steering system far below which would naturally occur from displacement of the front wheel at any riding speed.
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Have checked the rear wheel bearing and swingarm. They can cause that problem also
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I believe the damper is used when you have a sidecar attached. The illustration shows it mounted to the lower fork and the other mount is on the front of the sidecar frame.


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