General Questions

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Does SCOTTS sell anything besides steering stabilizers?
YES! We carry just about everything you could ever want for off-road motorcycles and we are expanding our road bike products beyond just stabilizers. We are constantly evolving and have now expanded to include our world famous stabilizer to fit most sport bikes and some touring bikes. We have a complete retail store and we stock all brands of clothing, chest protectors, boots, Helmets, gloves, as well as Handlebars of all brands and size, Tires, Gas Tanks, Exhaust pipes, Mufflers, Enduro computers, Tools, Footpegs, levers, side panels, fenders, grips, air filters, skid plates, Oil and related supplies, Chains, Sprockets, and a whole lot more. Basically, if it has to do with motorcycles, we either have it or can get it for you.

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How to pronounce the word Damper?
There seems to be some ambiguity about how to pronounce the word "Damper". We see it misspelled 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.

Stabilizer Questions

How much does the Scotts Stabilizer cost, and what does it include?
There are several different kits available but in general, the off-road models start at $399, and the Road Bike models start at $449 (US Dollars) plus shipping and tax, if applicable. That includes everything you will need to mount it on your motorcycle or quad. Most Off-road kits include the stabilizer, handlebar bracket, frame bracket, necessary mounting bolts, complete step-by-step pictured instructions on how to mount it and Owners Manual. Some models may require new handlebars, if the crossbar is too low. We have a full selection of handlebars available in those rare cases. The road bike kit comes with the stabilizer, triple clamp mount, new steering head nut (in most cases) and the frame bracket. It also includes step by step pictured instructions and all the necessary mounting hardware. We also offer kits that include the upper triple clamp and Oversize bars of your choice at a substantial savings over the individual prices.

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Can I buy just the Stabilizer or just the frame kit?
YES!! Every part of the kit, as well as any and every part of the stabilizer is available to purchase singularly. Should you ever have any questions you can download technical information from our website, including the stabilizer manual or you can email us.

How often do I need to service the Stabilizer?
We recommend you treat it as you would your suspension. However, when mounted properly, there are virtually no parts to wear out. An occasional oil change is all that is needed. Each riders demands will determine how often that oil change is needed. If you're not sure, send it in. When we service it, we'll be glad to let you know what condition the oil was in so you'll know how long before the next service.

What if I want to use Oversize handlebars or different triple clamps?
We make a full selection of all the options you might want or need for the off-road market, even the adaptation of different forks in some cases. We also make a full line of our own triple clamps that makes mounting any oversized handlebars and our stabilizer a breeze. You just need to let us know what you are trying to do and we can usually help you out. The road bike applications are designed primarily to fit with the stock triple clamps and other stock components. However if you have something special you want to fit to, let us know and we will give you the parameters of how to mount and what to watch out for. After 35 years, we obviously have a lot of experience at what will work and what will not.

Can I buy the Scotts Stabilizer in different colors?
The Scotts steering stabilizer is only available in gold at this time. We chose that color to parallel it's function. We experimented with some different colors and found most other colors have a tendency to fade, making the product look old and dirty in a short period of time. We feel we make the very best stabilizer on the market and we want the product to look and function at a level that matches our integrity. Finally, as a benefit to you, we spend a lot of extra time and money to hard anodize the body and main vane in this unit to sustain a quality product that will last and be extra tough under extreme conditions. Hard anodizing is very hard to keep consistant when trying to color match. We chose the path that gives the customer the best of all benefits.

How does it work and why does every magazine say it is better than other Steering Stabilizers?
This is the original Steering Stabilizer, brought to you in 1987. It has 3 fully adjustable circuits. It is the original damper, that can be adjusted on-the-fly, as you ride. It is the only stabilizer that has a true high speed circuit. It is the only damper that is infinitely adjustable so you can set it to absorb any range or size of energy impact required, and even turn it off in the case you have a flat tire, or the like. There are no other stabilizers in this category with so many features and high quality manufacturing standards, so direct comparisons are very difficult. Since we have won 31 Baja 1000 races overall and almost every other class in Baja for the last 30 years and over 80 National titles, we believe our damper is in a league of its own. This is backed by all the major magazines and the riders who have tried them all.

What is a High Speed Valve Anyway?
Despite what you hear from our competitors, there is an easy way to distinguish if the steering stabilizer you own OR are interested in owning, actually has a HIGH SPEED VALVE or not. First off, does it have an adjuster knob to control the high speed setting? Secondly, you simply turn off any other valves or adjusters and see if the stabilizer in question will still dampen sharp spikes. The Scotts Performance Stabilizer has a separate, completely integrated, adjustable high-speed valve. NO OTHER STABILIZER on the current market has an adjustable high-speed valve. You can adjust the high-speed valve to accommodate whatever it is you want the damper to absorb. For example, let's say you're riding a tight Enduro, where you want the damper to be on a very light setting, allowing for quick and continuous turning without having to fight the stabilizer. On a Scotts stabilizer you simply turn the Base Valve control to the softest setting that you feel is necessary for the conditions. You have now simulated a bike similar to one with no stabilizer at all. However, The HIGH SPEED VALVE, because it is a separate system on our stabilizer, will still gather in any unforeseen quick hits, such as a rock or hidden tree root in the leaves. The amount of energy absorbed, and when it reacts, is adjustable by the rider. Another example: You're a motocrosser who prefers "a no damper feeling" while in the air, but wants the advantages of the stabilizer while landing off big jumps, or in pot holes, or rough whoop sections. The Scotts Stabilizer will allow you to TURN OFF the base valve, while retaining the function of the HIGH SPEED VALVE, which achieves the scenario, explained above. The High-Speed valve is made to absorb any unwanted lateral movement that exceeds where you've set the Base Valve set. Hence, our statement; "Our stabilizer is infinitely adjustable to suit every riders choices and specific needs, no compromises!" Our competitors want you to believe they have a high-speed valve because it's expensive to design, to build and critical to the correct function of a good stabilizer. Maybe that's why no one else has one except Scotts Performance. Next time you hear the smoke and mirrors created by our competitors about having a high-speed valve, make them prove it. Chances are you'll hear some more smoke and mirrors, and no proof. The term "High Speed Valve" relates to the speed of the spike trying to jar the bars loose, it does necessarily relate to the speed the motorcycle or vehicle is traveling. You could view the high-speed valve as an added insurance policy. If the item you hit is greater than the base valve setting, the High speed valve recognizes that and absorbs the unwanted energy that has over ridden where you have the base valve. How many times have you hit something you never even saw and quickly realized how lucky you were. The high-speed valve becomes your best buddy in those instances and many times you'll catch yourself saying, "Thank you", instead of picking yourself up off the ground. So, DO YOU really need a High Speed Valve? Only if you want the stabilizer you purchased to function at it's highest level and give you what you paid for.

How do you mount the Stabilizer with Enduro Computers or GPS equipment?
If you are using handlebars with a crossbar, you can still utilize the crossbar for one or two ICO's as the damper sits below the crossbar and normally out of the way. If you want your computer off the cross bar or you have no cross bar, as with ProTaper bars, we have billet aluminum computer mounts for ICO singles, doubles or Pacemakers. Click Here to see some photos of computer mounts. Not only does the billet mount allow you to use the damper, but it also provides great protection for your computer with or without a damper. The billet computer "Dashboard" mounts to your front two handlebar clamping bolts. Now you have your damper where you can adjust it and all your computer equipment easily accessible. Each mounting arrangement will depend on your equipment and your own preferences but the photos we provide will give you the majority of options needed to suit your needs.

Can I buy just a crossbar?
Unfortunately, no. Renthal was nice enough to make a special handlebar that incorporates a bowed crossbar to allow the damper to fit and retain the low-bend bar. They will not sell just the crossbar, sorry! However it is a fairly simple operation to slightly \"bow\" your stock crossbar and or we stock a full selection of Oversize bars which eliminates the interference of a cross bar and makes access to the damper adjusters very easy. Most late model bikes come with oversized bars now, so any issue with crossbars are tapering away.

Will the Scotts Stabilizer fit mini's (80cc's)?
Yes! We have complete kits for most 80's, including KX, YZ and RM. Applied triple clamps use special extra tall brackets and we can accommodate Protaper bars also. We have universal kits to fit any odd applications or you can call and we will be more than happy to help you adapt to your application. Please call or e-mail any requests other than what is listed here.

Will the Stabilizer fit other applications?
Yes, We are working on new kits for other models as you read this. The damper can actually be mounted on almost anything, once you know the parameters. We've seen it mounted on aircraft landing gear, masts of racing sail boats, even Disneyland tried them on some of their wild rides. We can fax or e-mail the critical mounting guidelines for applications that are not standard. We will try to help you mount it on anything, if you're willing to provide the information about the application.

Stainless Steel Oil Filters Questions

Most common Stainless Steel Oil Filter questions.
A word from Scotts Performance about world’s finest motorcycle oil filters:
“Thanks for your interest in our filters. We think it's great that people are calling attention to the importance of oil and it's filtration The more information we can get to people like you the more our product will stand above the competition. Remember, oil is the lifeblood of your machine.... keep it clean!”

Q&A (20 Questions?)

1) Has this technology been proven yet? This technology has been in use for many years and has proven itself in NASCAR, Formula One and the Aerospace industry. These filters have been in use in the off road motorcycle world for over 5 years. Manufacturers like Yamaha have supplied their own version of it. The KTM factory guys have even been buying them for their own bikes (even though they can’t legally endorse the product). In other words this is not a new idea, just a new application of proven technology. And of course, we run these filters on our personal bikes, street and dirt.

2) What kind of materials are used in this filter? The filter housing and filter element end caps are carved out of a solid chunk of 6061T6 billet aluminum, which not only looks trick but aids in dissipating heat. The filter element is made from laser cut, medical grade, type 304 stainless steel micronic filter cloth to provide unmatched protection against oil contamination and resultant engine damage. A super strength nickel-plated neodymium rare earth magnet is installed in the top of the element for magnetic pre-filtering of the oil. The adhesive used in the filter assembly process is good to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, far above the normal operating temperature of 180 to 230 degrees. The quad-ring gasket doubles the seal between the filter housing and the engine.

3) How does the actual filtering process work? Our spin on units feature Magnetic Pre-filtering as the oil passes by the magnet prior to flowing into the filter. The stainless steel filter cloth then filters the oil to an “absolute” 35 microns.

4) How does this type of filtration compare to paper filters? We sent three common brands of paper filter material off to have them tested for the smallest and largest sized particles that would pass through the material. We sent the material off with no names, just numbers for identification so the lab wouldn’t have any idea who’s filter they were testing. The results we got back showed that the smallest particle the three would catch ranged between 9 and 20 microns. The LARGEST particle the three would allow to pass through the material ranged from 56 to 300+ microns. Paper filters are rated on an average of what they will let pass, so each of these three would each be rated at numbers that are somewhere between their individual extremes. The medical grade stainless steel cloth that we use is rated at an absolute 35 microns, meaning nothing larger than 35 microns should pass through the material. This “absolute” rating is important because this type of filter material is also used in medical applications like blood filtration. Bottom line is paper is rated differently than the stainless cloth (average vs. absolute), and either one works to filter stuff out of your oil. Personally I like the idea of keeping the big stuff out of the engine.

5) What Are Microns? A micron is one thousandth of a millimeter. That’s approx. .00003937 inches. 35 microns is about .00138“, (just over one-thousandth of an inch). The lower limit of visibity to the human eye is about 40 microns. Pollens range from about 30 to 50 microns. A white blood cell is about 25 microns.

6) How much oil will this filter flow? A very important dimension of oil filters to keep in mind is the flow rate. A one inch square of our filter material flows 1.9 gallons of oil per minute at only 1 PSI pump pressure (70 degrees F). This means our S1 filter is rated at 57 gals/minute!

7) How does the flow rate compare to paper filters? We have run static pressure tests between our filters and paper filters (for an identical application). The stainless steel micronic filter flowed a consistent 7.8 times more oil for the same time period than did the paper filter (tests were run at 68 degree ambient temperature). Think about your bike during cold startup… nice thick cold oil, trying to get through that oil filter. We have read tests that reported multiple instances of oil going through the bypass valve during cold startup because of the resistance of the paper oil filter to passing the cold oil. Now think about all the crud that has had a chance to settle to the bottom of the oil pan right where the oil pickup is…. just waiting to go through the bypass valve directly to the engine components! If the oil doesn’t get to go through the filter material it doesn’t matter what the micron rating is. Another thing that could affect the paper filter is moisture. When paper gets wet it swells and may pass even less oil. Not everyone is aware that engines get condensation in them.

8) Why the “take apart” design? Racers and motorheads have been taking their oil filters apart for ages. Our filter makes it much easier than cutting apart messy paper filters. It is a great way to get early signs of what is happening in the engine. By checking the particles that get caught in the filter you can identify abnormal wear and prevent catastrophic engine failure. It’s a lot less aggravating to replace a rod bearing that’s starting to go, than to be standing next to your machine staring at that same rod sticking out the side of the engine!

9) I have a high pressure oil pump. How much pressure will the aluminum filter take? An S1 filter was pressure tested to 1500 psi with only slight deforming of the spirol lock and housing. Let us know if you need more than that.

10) Is this filter environmentally friendly? With the cleanable reusable design you no longer will be sending oily paper filters to the landfills (some states don’t even allow oil filters to go to the landfills… they must be go to through special, expensive disposal processes). What does come out of the reusable filter can be sent to the recycling center with the rest of your old oil.

11) What are Bypass Valves? We have disassembled/dissected several of each of the more popular steel cased paper filters (Honda, HiFlo, Harley, Ducati, Fram). Each oil filter we have dissected has had a bypass valve, as does ours. The bypass valve allows oil to bypass the filter material if the engine needs more oil than the filter can pass (in case the filter material gets plugged or can't flow the oil fast enough). See “Flow Rates” above for related discussion.

12) Why don’t you have an Anti Drainback Valve? Many filters have a rubber flap over the intake holes that is an attempt to keep oil in the filter and minimize the time it takes to fill the filter when you start the engine (they call it an anti-drainback valve). A test you can perform to see how well this "valve" works is to fill a filter with oil, plug the large center spin on hole with a bolt, lay it on it's side and then see how long it takes for the oil to drain past the rubber flap. We have found (and have read other published tests) that the filter eventually ends up with the same amount of oil in it as if it didn't have the flap, it just takes longer to drain out. If the flap worked as planned it would be beneficial to have the extra oil in the filter at startup. On the other hand, that flap covering the intake holes is one more obstacle the oil has to get by to get through the filter and back to the motor.... something to think about.

13) How much oil does this filter hold? Slightly more or less than the stock filter depending on the specific application. It doesn’t really make any difference. Continue to use your manufacturer’s perscribed method of checking to make sure there is the proper amount of oil in the engine (usually via a dipstick).

14) Where is the filter made? Proudly made in the USA.

15) My old filter wrench won’t fit the aluminum filter. How do I remove the filter? We’ve included a trick Strap Wrench with each spin on filter. The wrench is also great for a variety of other uses. For example, try using it to hold a fork leg when removing it from the triple clamp.

16) What if I accidentally ruin the filter element (I stepped on mine…)? Not to worry… individual replacement parts are available.

17) How do I clean the filter? Wash the stainless steel filter element in clean solvent, kerosene, aerosol carburetor cleaner or any other degreasing agent; even common dish soap and water. Clean any remaining metal particles from the magnet on the top of the filter element. If inspection of trapped debris is desired, flush the particles into a clean container. Once clean, lightly blow air through the filter from the inside out to remove any small particles or cleaning agent from the screen. Clean the inside of the filter housing using the same type of cleaner as used on the filter element.

18) How often should I clean the filter? We recommend the filter be cleaned frequently when first purchased or when engine work has been performed. This will give you a feel for how much debris is being filtered out of your machines oil and help you decide how often you want to clean the filter for your application. At minimum, clean the filter with every oil change due the additional debris this superior filter will be keeping out of your motor. Remember, oil is the lifeblood of your motor, keep it clean!

19) Will this filter affect my warranty? No. Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, 15 U.S.C. SS 2301-2312 (1982), and the general principles of the Federal Trade Commission Act, a manufacturer may not require the use of any brand of filter unless the manufacturer provides that item free of charge under terms of the warranty. So, if you are told by a dealer that anything other than a specific brand of filter will void your warranty, ask for the statement in writing (you won’t get one), and request that filter be supplied free of charge. If you are charged for the filter, the dealer will be violating the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and other applicable law. This is a federal law and the Federal Trade Commission has authority to enforce it, including obtaining injunctions and orders containing affirmative relief. For more info do an internet search on “Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act”.

20) What bikes do these filters fit? We currently have applications for Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Ducati, Triumph and Harley. Contact your dealer for the most current application list and to check on your specific bike. Some dealers have the applications on their web sites.