Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by Ragmanxx » Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:40 pm

I had Sean's damper on my '12 Patrol and enjoyed it. It went with the bike when sold.

Last may I bought a '11 G/U and bought a Ural N.E damper that uses a Bilstein shock, because Sean's was not available at that time.
That shock was much too stiff.

My question is;
Is Sean's damper significantly "lighter" than the U of NE's damper?

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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by N7Rph » Sun Jun 19, 2022 10:14 am

Ragmanxx wrote:
Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:40 pm
I had Sean's damper on my '12 Patrol and enjoyed it. It went with the bike when sold.

Last may I bought a '11 G/U and bought a Ural N.E damper that uses a Bilstein shock, because Sean's was not available at that time.
That shock was much too stiff.

My question is;
Is Sean's damper significantly "lighter" than the U of NE's damper?

Thank you
Ragman
I also had this question as I was looking for a replacement for my 'updated' UralNE version that I replaced my stock damper with a couple years ago. It has now also blown and is giving me wobble. I don't want to just replace the same dinky damper every couple of years so this one seemed like a better option. This post hasn't had a reply in a while but maybe someone can weigh in.

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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by chaos2 » Sun Jun 19, 2022 11:33 am

If you're even a little handy with tools it's easy to pick up a dampener, a heim joint, fabricate some mounts and do it yourself. Sean just put it all together in a kit. Bug dampeners are cheap, https://www.jbugs.com/product/113425021 ... d1e6b1a2ec
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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by Jack'D » Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:12 pm

I put Sean's damper on my '12 GU when they first came out. Completely satisfied and it's a very durable piece. Oh, and it stops the bad stuff but doesn't make it heavy steering.
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Post by Snakeoil » Mon Jun 20, 2022 2:12 pm

Yeah, make your own. I posted a thread when I built mine. Here is the thread.

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=47616&p=596486&hil ... er#p596486

Others have posted reviews and I believer others have made them, too.
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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by Ruski22 » Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:00 am

Thanks for the info on self made steering damper. However, New England Ural still sells a complete bolt on volkswagon styled damper which I ordered and is now waiting for install on my work bench. Sean is not in production anymore. After watching a fellow sidecar rider filming me riding down a rocky back country path, steering with one hand and holding his iPhone In the other filming while riding, I can see the value of adding the enhanced damper. I'd never have been able to take one haND off the handlebar with my 2020 with all the ruts jerking me one way or the other with the OEM damper that is on the bike currently.
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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by aduthie » Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:34 am

Ruski22 wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:00 am
I'd never have been able to take one haND off the handlebar with my 2020 with all the ruts jerking me one way or the other with the OEM damper that is on the bike currently.
You're replacing the Bitubo gas damper on a 2020? Even after making sure all the mounting bolts were tight and that you had it set to the maximum amount of damping? I've seen a couple that "weren't working," and it was just that the tab bolted to the lower triple clamp had gotten a tad loose. The thing with steering dampers is that any play in the mounting system results in a bit wobble, since the damper can't act until the play is taken up first.

Or maybe you're just tuning for more extreme conditions than most. I don't get much chance to do proper off-road on Urals.
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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by Tomcatfixer » Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:54 pm

I haven't fully tested the newer Bitubo dampers, but I was under the impression that they are a quality piece of kit. I would think that replacing one with a non-adjustable Volkswagen Beetle damper would be a step backward.
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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by windmill » Fri Aug 05, 2022 7:56 pm

Tomcatfixer wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:54 pm
I haven't fully tested the newer Bitubo dampers, but I was under the impression that they are a quality piece of kit. I would think that replacing one with a non-adjustable Volkswagen Beetle damper would be a step backward.
I believe you and Andrew are correct. Having many miles with a friction damper, a generic 2014-2017 hydraulic damper, a Bitubo damper, and having ridden a few rigs with automotive dampers, I would definitely regard them all as a step backwards from a Bitubo. If one finds the Bitubo inadequate, I believe it must be that something is out of wack as Andrew suggested.

If one's biggest priority is being able to one hand on rutted roads and eliminate feedback in really rough conditions, maybe retrofitting a friction damper might be the best solution. They aren't as refined on the street, but one can quickly tighten them down to mitigate even the most extreme conditions, and just as quickly back it off for normal conditions.
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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by jeffsaline » Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:11 pm

Ruski22 wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:00 am
Sean is not in production anymore.
Curious how you know Sean has stepped away from his dampeners. Did he tell you?

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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by Ruski22 » Sat Aug 06, 2022 4:37 pm

jeffsaline wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:11 pm
Ruski22 wrote:
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:00 am
Sean is not in production anymore.
Curious how you know Sean has stepped away from his dampeners. Did he tell you?

Thanks and Best,

Jeff
Yes. He sent me a PM a couple weeks ago. Said that there wasn't much traffic anymore on tge kit o 's he discontinued. I did get the kit from Ural installed yesterday so good to go. Must admit, it's a step up from even the 2020 damper which is a huge improvement from the handlebar friction damper.
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Re: Sean's R3W Steering Damper kits ready to ship

Post by jeffsaline » Sat Aug 06, 2022 5:50 pm

Ruski22,

Thanks for the reply. To bad Sean isn’t making them anymore as they are a good product.

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