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No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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neilw
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No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by neilw » Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:20 am

I,don't have all the parts for the steering damper and since I read it was not used on all 59's I'm not going to use one.Trouble is theres a big cutout hole in the top chrome cover ,to make way for the damper,and you see this big nut with a hole going down through it .Is something suposed to cover this ?
Neilw
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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by Kuda » Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:14 pm

neilw wrote:I,don't have all the parts for the steering damper and since I read it was not used on all 59's I'm not going to use one.Trouble is theres a big cutout hole in the top chrome cover ,to make way for the damper,and you see this big nut with a hole going down through it .Is something suposed to cover this ?
Neilw
I just thought I better edit this to attach a photo.
I've seen a chrome "cap" that's a two piece item, the lower part goes under the crown nut, the top snaps on to that. Definately aftermarket though. Tried to find more about it online, no luck...

-Kuda (oh, and your wire cover is on upside down, the flange goes under the top cover) :mrgreen:
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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by LittleAl » Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:33 pm

how about just putting in the damper knob & it's cover? I've seen a few OEM on eBay a few times in the past 2 weeks alone, J&P also sells it for about $25.00

I know I'm new to restoring, rather then just rebuilding, but am I missing something with my suggestion to just put the knob in?

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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by PanPal » Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:23 pm

The nut would have two threaded holes in it. I believe this is a rare piece to find.
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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by VPH-D » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:06 pm

The damper knob and domed cover are available from V-Twin. They fill in the hole nicely. Use a hardware store spring in between the cover and knob to apply pressure down onto the cover.
VPH-D

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Post by fourthgear » Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:59 pm

Or as said ,just go this route.
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Post by hydra74 » Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:32 pm

like said before use the knob/spring and cover don't use the anchor plate because Duo-Glide's seems to have a speed wobble problem when the damper is turned on (unless you have a sidecar combination)

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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by mbskeam » Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:11 am

there is a acorn type nut that you can get...
got one on mine....
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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by biker_k » Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:15 am

hydra74 wrote:like said before use the knob/spring and cover don't use the anchor plate because Duo-Glide's seems to have a speed wobble problem when the damper is turned on (unless you have a sidecar combination)
Could you explain this a little more? I am just getting ready to put a 60 Duo-glide on the road and have no idea how the steering damper is to be used. I assumed that you tighten it at high speeds and can loosen it at lower speeds, but I don't understand your use of the words when you say the dampner is turned on. I'd like to know the proper use of the steering damper before I get this thing on the road and find out the wrong way.

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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by hjans » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:21 am

Not original, but the covers could easily be made on a lathe and glued/screwed onto the hole.
Find someone with a lathe and you're the man for only a couple of bucks.
Unless you want only the original....... but you could replace it when you find/buy it.
Hans

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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by PanPal » Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:56 pm

The acorn nut is a good inexpensive option.
I don't feel high speed wobble. If your frame and forks are straight and you make sure your wheels are in line and have the tires balanced they ride pretty well. It seems like mine wants to almost gyro a bit at 75 mph. I am thinking I need to try some balancing beads or something. I don't feel the need for a dampener. I never had one though.

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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by VPH-D » Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:17 pm

The steering dampers were removed from production once Duo-Glide handling problems were reported. Only those models equipped with the adjustable fork for sidecar use were shipped with damper. Don't tighten the damper knob [to engage] on swing arm machines.
VPH-D

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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by hydra74 » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:18 pm

biker_k

read the bruce palmer "how to restore" book on page 65 you can find the details over there

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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by biker_k » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:12 am

Ok...got it. Don't ever tighten the steering damper. Thanks

neilw
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Re: No steering damper ,but big ugly hole !

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Post by neilw » Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:14 am

Thanks for all the pictures and info you guys. And especially for telling me about my wire cover being upside down .I always wondered if it was to long ,but when I undid the riser caps and lifted the bars up it kinda squezed in there ,I'll take em back off and do it right .I'm glad I found out now before I got things hooked up.
Oh yeah ,my steering damper ,I found the big dome thing that goes over the nut ,and also the damper knob ,so I'm just going to paint them black and put them on for show.

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