Step 24: What is a Scotts Steering Stabilizer and How Does it Work?

What is a Scotts Steering Stabilizer?

It is a compact, fully adjustable, hydraulic shock absorbing damper that mounts to your steering head area right above your handlebar mount. By helping to stabilize the front end of your motorcycle, the rear of the motorcycle will track straighter allowing the rest of your suspension to work the way it was designed to. In addition, the Scotts Steering Stabilizer eliminates that sudden “thrust” affect of having the handlebars pulled from your hands after unknowingly hitting something unforeseen like rocks, tree roots or rain ruts. It has also helps to minimize rider fatigue and the dreaded arm-pumping situation that occurs while wrestling the front end of your bike. Once mounted, it dramatically reduces the unwanted phenomenon known as “Head-shake” that is commonly found on ALL off-road production motorcycles. This is more predominant now a-days due to the steeper head angles you find on production bikes. It helps keep your motorcycle going straight in the whoops and smoothes out those rough sections by preventing those handlebar wrenching jolts.

How does it work?

Basically, it operates under the same principle as your front forks. Valving inside the unit reacts to the slightest of jolts that are transferred through the forks and crowns of your motorcycle. Internal circuitry and hydraulic valving readjusts the amount of shock that would have been received through your handlebars. The link arm, which connects the stabilizer to the frame, reacts instantaneously, absorbing any unwanted movement. Your suspension was designed to handle the vertical movement of your motorcycle, while the Scotts Stabilizer completes your suspension package by controlling the unwanted lateral movement.

Where does the Stabilizer work best?

Anywhere there are forces trying to push or pull the front end left to right. If you ride in the desert, the Scotts Stabilizer will soon become your best friend. You will find that it almost completely eliminates the head-shake and instability you get while riding on washboard fire-roads, rocky sections and in high speed sand washes. It helps keep your motorcycle straight in the whoops. In the woods, it’s a dream come true. Sharp edged rocks and tree roots that send a shock all the way up to your jawbone are reduced to minor disturbances that allows your suspension to work the way it was intended to. Motocrossers will find the Scotts Steering Stabilizer definitely provides the winning edge by reducing rider fatigue and working with you near the end of long Moto. Your bike will track straighter through the stutter bumps, big rollers and sweeping turns while assuring secure landings at the end of big doubles or tabletops. Being infinitely adjustable, there is no reason not to use it. It has no disadvantages!

Why is the Scott’s Stabilizer so much better than others?

Well remember Scotts started this in 1987. Experience is always a big bonus. Scotts quality and tolerances are second to none. Scott’s goes through pain staking procedures to insure the tolerances are maintained to give you the most reliable, accurate stabilizer made. Consistency through a wide range of temperature ranges can only be obtained by keeping these tight tolerances, allowing Scott’s to use very thin oil, which in turn, has a higher viscosity index, making it more stable in all conditions. Read the consumer reviews, Scotts customers are their best sales people.

One of our most important features is the fully adjustable, separate high speed valving system, similar to the high speed adjustment in your shock. This is a huge advantage over other stabilizers. Some of Scotts competitors claim to have a high speed valve, but most of them don’t. Since the stabilizer is literally a little shock absorber controlling the unwanted left to right motion of your bars, it only makes sense that you would want to have a separate circuit that absorbs the impacts exceeding the normal range of hits, similar to the high speed valving in your shock. Most impacts and head-shake at the front wheel, are high speed movements. Where on the other hand, turning is generally a low speed movement. If you don’t like the feeling the stabilizer provides in turns or while flying a SX jump, you can adjust it out with ours, and still retain its ability to absorb high speed impacts. NO OTHER STABILIZER HAS THIS FEATURE LIKE SCOTTS. Why? Because it’s expensive to build and complicated to copy. Not only is the damping rate and high speed circuit adjustable, but the arc of movement over which it operates is also adjustable, we call those sweep controls. So in summary, the Scotts Stabilizer has 3 fully adjustable circuits, all of which are critical to any stabilizers ability to function correctly.

Another important feature on the off-road units is, that the Scotts Stabilizer only dampens as the handlebar turns away from center. The handlebar “free-valves” back to dead straight. This feature makes the bike want to go straight, all by itself. This is another huge advantage over other stabilizers. It also boasts a damping control this is adjustable on the fly. It only takes two seconds of one handed riding to change the damping, similar to the time it would take to pull a tear-off lens away.

Can the damper be mounted to other bikes I own?

Yes! Unlike others that are bike specific, another nice feature about the Scotts damper is that it is transferable between bikes in seconds. If you have more than one bike, you only need one damper, and a couple of mounting kits, to be able to transfer it from bike to bike. That way you can use it Saturday on your dual sport ride, and Sunday put it on you’re your desert bike or motocrosser. Unlike suspension or motor mods, when you sell your bike, you can take it with you to install on your next bike. Most applications use very simple bolt on brackets for mounting.

Does it really work for Motocross or freestyle?

If you’re a Motocrosser, the Scotts Steering Stabilizer will give you that extra push and confidence by saving you previously wasted energy. Ever land in a pothole, rut or rock and scare yourself? Ever come up short on a double and have the bars yanked out of your hands? Ever have the track conditions steer YOU off course? You won’t believe how this little jewel will compensate for errors like that. Just ask someone who owns one! It is infinitely adjustable to all riding situations, so there is no reason not to use it. It has NO disadvantages!

Will it fit on any motorcycle?

In theory, the Scotts Steering Stabilizer can be adapted to fit almost any application with certain limitations. Scotts has designed the unit to be a “bolt-on” item for most of the major brands of motorcycles. They also offer a weld-on version for those who prefer that feature and or have any limited space for the bolt-on style. Scotts have been the official stabilizer for Kawasaki Team Green, KTM America, Husaberg America, Yamaha Factory racers and of course the Honda Off Road Racing Team who now has double digit Baja 1000 victories with our stabilizer on board.

Is it easy to put on?

If you can change a spark plug, you should be able to install a Scotts Steering Stabilizer. If you have any questions during installation, Scotts is there to help you. There is no welding for most kits, and it mounts in minutes. The unit comes with a step by step instruction manual that would make it easy even for Forest Gump. Remember though, this is a very sophisticated unit that does more for your motorcycle than any other after market improvement. You need to make sure you install it correctly to gain the maximum potential.

Does it need constant servicing like some of the other dampers I’ve seen?

No Way. In fact when mounted correctly, it almost needs no attention at all. Just like your forks and shocks though, you’ll need to give it some “TLC” after many hours of usage. It is designed so there are no wearable parts when mounted properly, (just oil fatigue). Scotts Performance Products provides a complete service program should you need it. Simply UPS the unit to Scotts in between rides or races, and they will put it through their ten point inspection program that includes; tolerance checks and an oil change. You should have it back in time for your next race.

Is it worth the investment?

Well every leading off-road magazine in the country considers this product one of the top ten products of all time! That’s a potent statement. It is not the only stabilizer on the market, but it is definitely the best, and has more features, championship victories, National titles and positive feedback than all of the other ones combined! Remember, Scotts is the originator of this idea and owns the patent! If you plan to continue riding for one year or the next ten years, the Scotts stabilizer will still be there when others have long disappointed you.

Key Features:

• It is the only Stabilizer with three fully adjustable circuits.

• It is the only Stabilizer that has an adjustable damping control that allows 25 adjustment clicks while riding.

• It is the only Stabilizer that allows you to adjust the amount of degrees of damping you want from centerline.

• It is the only Stabilizer that has a “High Speed Circuit” designed to absorb those sharp edged jolts.

• It is the only Stabilizer that successfully works for every type of off-road application… including Motocross.

• It is the only Stabilizer that easily moves from motorcycle to motorcycle in literally seconds.

• It is the only stabilizer that’s been around for 25 years and has won every major off-road race including the grueling Baja 1000, 17 times.

• It’s the only stabilizer to be tested and endorsed by every leading off-road magazine and personally used by industry leaders.

What Professional Off-Road Riders Use the Scotts Steering Stabilizer?

It would be a lot simpler to tell you which ones don’t. Just click here for small sampling of which riders use the Scotts Stabilizer. Need we say more??

Where do I buy one?

You can buy one right here, secured on-line ordering with your credit card. Or you can order it from your local dealer and if he doesn’t carry them, give Scotts a call they normally ship it out the same day you order it.

Trivia: How to pronounce the word Damper?

There seems to be some ambiguity about how to pronounce the word “Damper”. We see it mis-spelled as “Dampener” and or “Dampner” a lot. It’s actually spelled and pronounced Damper, there is no “N” in the word. Hydraulic fluid passing between controlled chambers “dampens” the forces being exerted, hence the word “Damper” is used to describe a device which dampens or slows down unwanted oscillations or movements. The word Stabilizer is synonymous with the word damper in this case, so it’s appropriate to say “steering damper” or “steering stabilizer”, as both functions are accomplished when you install one on your bike. We’ll still know what you mean if you say or spell it either way, we just thought it would be nice to clear the air.

Can I get more information?

If this hasn’t answered all your questions, just email or fax or call Scotts. Visit Scotts Performance Products today!