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Steering Damper Mechanics

By now you probably have a basic understanding of what a steering damper is. So now let’s talk about the mechanics.

MSC Moto steering dampers are a hydraulic rotary vane dampening system that basically sets the maximum speed your handle bars can go from full lock to full lock. In the event of a sideways collision to your front wheel, the deflection will attempt to turn the handlebars in a sudden and potentially dangerous direction (A—> B). This is where your MSC Moto damper takes over.

“Deflection Dampening” (A—> B and D—> E)

The linkage arm connects to our solid billet steel paddle/rotary vane which pushes hydraulic oil through our 20 position adjuster absorbing the impact back to the frame instead of the rider’s arms. The harder you have it set, the harder it is for the oil to pass and the more it dampens the steering movement. With 20 different settings, there is a perfect setting for every situation.

“Return to Center” (B—>D and E—> F)

When it comes to steering dampers. The return to center damping circuit is a critical component. MSC Moto steering dampers include Active RTC technology, which takes this control feature to another level.

Active RTC offers the best of both worlds when it comes to return to center damping options. The Active RTC calculates, based on the riders input, if the bike needs ‘zero’ damping on return to center or if they need ‘full’ damping on return to center.

For example, if the rider is travelling at high speeds where steering is minimal but stability requirements are high, the damper will provide full dampening on return to center in order to eliminate free play, which gets rid of head shake.

On the other hand, if the rider needs to make a fast counter steer movement back to center in order to avoid an obstacle when a trail tightens up, or fast movements are required, the oil will bleed off and bypass the dampening unit, providing a dynamic system that gives the rider zero damping on return to center.

The Active RTC technology is pressure sensitive and only applies when needed so no adjustment is required. 

Which Steering Damper is Best?
Axis, RM3, VectorMx

MSC Moto offers three types of steering dampers (Axis, RM2, and VectorMX). Each line of steering dampers is designed for a different motorcycle type and application.

The Axis is designed for dirt bikes and is most often used for enduro, trail, freestyle, and motocross applications.

The RM3 is the perfect solution for adventure and dual sport motorcycles.

Finally, the VectorMX is also designed for enduro, trail, freestyle, and motocross applications. However, the VectorMX offers a super low profile that raises the bar less than 10mm.

Regardless of which option you choose, rest assured you are getting the best steering damper money can buy.

Steering Damper Features

· Easy to install for most kits

· 20 position main adjuster

· Easy to adjust with adventure gloves

· Active RTC (Return to Center)

· Full bolt on mounts (no welding)

· Bar riser included with most models

· CNC machined from ultra high quality materials

· Low friction main shaft seal (less wear, no leaks)

· 1 year warranty

· CNC Machined Solid billet aircraft grade aluminum body housings

· Stainless steel, high quality fasteners

· Durable black anodizing for better surface wear

· Special compound longer lasting seals

· Billet single piece tool steel vane NOT 2 parts pinned together

· Billet casehardened steel linkages

· Hand built in Australia by the guys who designed developed and manufacture the parts

Steering Damper Install Video

Steering dampers are easily installed with standard tools.
This short video will take you through the install process step by step.


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