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We opted to call our pal Brad Cameron at Renthal and ask him what he thought. He suggested we use a Twinwall Bar with a McGrath bend. OK sounds good! The black bar with the black BRP bar mounts and the gold Scotts steering damper made the top of the RMZ look super trick. The good thing is the bling was serving a purpose beyond looking great.

While testing, it took some time to get used to the effort required to make the bike turn so we left the damping wide open on both the Scotts damper and the Ohlins unit. After getting used to the "feel" we then slowly dialed in the damping one click at a time. As an experiment we dialed in the damping all the way on both circuits. That was a laugh, the bar hardly turned! Perfect for the Bonneville Salt Flats but not so good for what we are doing. Most of the riding we do is tight woods or MX so a little damping goes a long way. We never found the "away from center" dial being turned in more than 8 clicks. If you are a desert rider, tapped out in 5th you might find a need for more damping. We left the "return to center" dial open on both units. It made the bike feel completely dead if we didn't.

Going with the Scotts system will cost you $519.95 for the BRP SUB DS-SUB KIT B. Add another $107.99 for the bar and you are at $627.94 . If you go with the Ohlins unit you are looking at $717.00 plus installation or the cost of the headset press from Park Tools.

In conclusion, both the damping units are well worth the money. They provide stability and improve the handling characteristics of the bike they are installed on. You do have to adapt to them. They feel weird at first. But once you try one you will not want to ride without ever again.

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