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    Default Steering damper 2020 models -> not enough space for frame mount?

    I want to order a steering damper for my 150 2020, either Scotts or Precision.

    But I detected that the space at the steering head (for the frame mount) is very limited in comparison to my 300 2018 (which has already a Scott damper).
    As if the frame tubes were raised a few mm at the steering head.
    I dont know if this only applies to the 150 or to all 2020 models.

    Anyway, are here experiences with mounting dampers on 2020 models?

    I'd have to file down the weld seams at least 3 to 4 mm, but would like to avoid that, if possible.

    Left photo 150 20, right photo 300 18, space marked red.
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    Default Re: Steering damper 2020 models -> not enough space for frame mount?

    Second photo looks like it was machined all around it while the first isn't. Are they the same diameter?
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    Default Re: Steering damper 2020 models -> not enough space for frame mount?

    It was not machined, thats clearly visible at the weld seams.
    The photo might be a little misleading due to the sharp line created by the frame mount.
    Diameter is the same on both bikes 55 mm.
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    Default Re: Steering damper 2020 models -> not enough space for frame mount?

    Looks like a lot less area for the mount to clamp to. I have ground some of the frame and beveled the underside of the frame clamp before. Check to see if someone offers a frame clamp before you grind a bunch of weld off. May have to weld on a post.
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    Default Re: Steering damper 2020 models -> not enough space for frame mount?

    On some of my older 200 bikes i welded a pin to a flat piece of steel. Formed the steel to fit the frame and welded the plate down both sides.to the frame after getting the pin angled and in the correct position. The pin was a long bolt. The bolt hex head made a good base to weld to the plate. Pretty easy job that lasted better than a lot of the clamp on rings that were breaking at that time.
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    Default Re: Steering damper 2020 models -> not enough space for frame mount?

    I am not a friend of welding in such a case.
    Anyway I think I will order a Scott. From my 300 I know that there is enough material at the frame mount, so I can bevel the underside, like D36rider mentioned.
    If this is not enough then I will also file down the necessary amount at the weld seams.
    Would have liked to try the Precision damper, but I dont know their frame mount.
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    Default Re: Steering damper 2020 models -> not enough space for frame mount?

    When I was done grinding my frame bracket and it mounted evenly I put some Loc Tight bearing mount (retaining compound) on the inside clamping surface. Itís stayed put.
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    Default Re: Steering damper 2020 models -> not enough space for frame mount?

    I have a precision on a 2020 250 xc went on perfect call them direct they will set you up

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    Default Re: Steering damper 2020 models -> not enough space for frame mount?

    I have the precision on my 2020 300xcw. I ground down the welds some but it didnt make much of a difference tbh. I pushed the clamp down and tightened it. It hasnt slipped yet. Its been on 6hrs and 100 miles with plenty of crashes.

    I did have to grind the steering bearing cap down though so it wouldnt be as deep. The way it came it would prevent the stem from torqued properly since it would bottom on the perch first.

    Hopefully theyve fixed that by now ^. Zero complaints with it otherwise. Works great, super easy to adjust.

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    Default Re: Steering damper 2020 models -> not enough space for frame mount?

    I transferred a GPR from a 2018 to a 2020 with no issues

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