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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 2007, 10:04 am Thread Starter
 
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Steering Dampener(?)

28K miles on my 98 RS... steering dampener is leaking a very small amount.

1.Are these things serviceable, or are they throw away items?

2. Do I really need it? Meaning can I just wipe off the occasional drip and live with it till it goes dry?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 2007, 5:37 pm
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I wouldn't put up with it. Chance you'll get some drip on your brake rotor. paint, etc.
There have been discussions about it before. Search for "damper".
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28K miles on my 98 RS... steering dampener is leaking a very small amount.

1.Are these things serviceable, or are they throw away items?

2. Do I really need it? Meaning can I just wipe off the occasional drip and live with it till it goes dry?
It doesn't actually go dry. It sucks in water, goes rusty if left and it's then toast for resuscitation.

Search the archives, plenty there.



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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 2007, 8:17 am Thread Starter
 
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It doesn't actually go dry. It sucks in water, goes rusty if left and it's then toast for resuscitation.

Search the archives, plenty there.

Sounds like the voice of experience...

First search did not yield any info on rebuilding... will look deeper today.

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problem with rebuilding , which isnt hard, is findin ghigh pressure seals.Some have had good luck using low pressure seals,I didnt.And I havent been able to find the correct seals.Hardest part was removing the "bolt from hell" that holds it on.I rebuilt it in place, a bitch but worked.Lasted 2 weeks.
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Hardest part was removing the "bolt from hell" that holds it on.
According to the factory repair manual, it's a "multiple-spline screw, secured with a thread-locking compound".

A little heat would probably have done the trick.

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You'll find more in the "Community Archive Forums".
I've not done it yet but expect to someday, so verify the info to be accurate.

Here is one with some pics of what looks to be the process to rebuild this dampner:

http://www.k-bikes.com/ubbthreads/sh...l&Number=96381

Also look for a post from bmwriders in this thread. "The seals I get are from ISP the part # is 10x20x7AN..."
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Just search my posts in the community archive.

Yes heat and an air impact wrench is best to get it off. Do it without and the Loctited bolt either shears or you mess up the keyed head.

Remember this is a safety device so treat it like brakes, steering and suspension. If you get it wrong, the worst that can happen is it siezes or the bolt works loose and it tangles up with the forks. The next event is easy to predict. Thorough inspection of the innards is essential in case corrosion has already started. It's not just about new seals, assuming you know what sort to get.



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According to the factory repair manual, it's a "multiple-spline screw, secured with a thread-locking compound".

A little heat would probably have done the trick.
I did the heat thing, and some words my dad taught me, head started rounding out.Really wasnt that hard to spray it out with carb cleaner and replace seals, add oil with a pump type oil can.But doing it in place could have been part of why it didnt last, maybe I damaged something.Looked like the seal turned inside out tho from the pressure on a cold morning. Any one have a source for the high pressure seals? Local auto parts and a seal and bearing house were of no help.
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Re: Steering Dampener

I replaced my damaged one with a Hyper-Pro unit.. couldn't be happier. Good product.. good price.. less expensive than the stock part and it is an "active dampener" meaning it clamps harder the faster it tries to oscilate YMMV
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