not enough thread for GPR V1 steering stabilizer

zoran zv30 at
Wed Jul 30 11:27:35 PDT 2008

I would sell GPR and buy Pitbull damper.
or you can send me complete triples and damper base and I will fix it for 
you :)

Zoran Vujasinovic
Twin Works Factory
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John" <spam at>
To: <sv650 at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: not enough thread for GPR V1 steering stabilizer

> Zoran wrote:
>> which would bring him to same thing he has now.seems bearing is
>> problem,taller than stock.
> This problem existed even with the stock bearings when using the non-S 
> triple clamp. The fellow who answered the phone at GPR claimed that the S 
> model triple would solve the problem. I just need a little more thread to 
> feel comfortable that the nut will hold. I'll use red loc-tite as well.
> Would it be ok to machine down the round pedestal on the bottom of the 
> non-S triple? I know the surface would have to be pretty flat and smooth. 
> That's why I would go to a machinist, rather than using my dremel tool. 
> :)
> Anyone ever heard of this being done?
> I ask because I have a spare non-S model triple clamp, and I would prefer 
> to spend 50 bucks on machining costs, instead of replacing the upper and 
> lower triples. It sounds like less work for me--unless it doesn't work.
> What would you do in this situation? I would like to remain WERA 
> Superstock legal, so gixxer front ends are out.
> P.S. I'm also pinging Andy P. off-list about the S model version.
> -John
> '99 SV650
> '98 VFR800
> '70 El Camino
> On Tue, 29 Jul 2008, John wrote:
>> I recently bought a GPR V1 steering stabilizer for my Gen 1 1999 SV650X. 
>> Now the steering stem does show enough thread above the triple clamp to 
>> get a good grip with the large nut. Installing an All Balls needle 
>> bearing kit made the problem worse. I made this diagram to demonstrate 
>> the problem.
>> I called GPR, and they said the stabilizer requires an S-model triple 
>> clamp. The web site says their product is compatible with a '99 SV, even 
>> though Suzuki did not sell an S model in the U.S. that year. Sigh.
>> Does anyone have a spare first gen, S model triple? I would be willing to 
>> trade for the non-S model triple. Also, I have some Suburban Machinery 
>> bars that we could throw in for a little extra.
>> Another option is machining down the round pedestal on the bottom of the 
>> triple. This is maybe a 10mm high circle of metal, and I would have to go 
>> to a machine shop. I think I would have to leave a little of the pedestal 
>> to allow the triple to rotate freely above the assembly.
>> These two photos show the part in question.
>> Does anyone recommend machining this part? I've got a spare non-S triple 
>> in case I mess up something.
>> Please e-mail me if you have an S-model clip-on as well.
>> TIA,
>> -John
>> '99 SV650
>> '98 VFR800
>> '70 El Camino

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