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Leaking GPR stabilizer..arggg - June 9, 2008, 04:29 PM

I bought a GPR stabilizer in April and I dont even ride hard or stunt and now it is leaking fluid.

I called the vendor who reffered me to GPR and GPR told me to uinstall it and send it back with a check for $13 to cover return postage.

I'm thinking of selling the GPR and going with a Scotts damper, I don't want to send the unit back every few months or so for servicing.

I heard the scott's usually don't leak but the GPR is known for leaking and needs constant servicing?
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June 9, 2008, 04:33 PM

Their dampers don't really leak. There's a seal under the v4's spin wheel that holds oil from when it was made because they're made submerged.

That oil seaps over time.


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June 9, 2008, 04:35 PM

Sounds unusual. I have sent mine back for service and was pleased with the cost, turnaround, and the rebuild is performing great. Maybe you got a lemon?

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I bought a GPR stabilizer in April and I dont even ride hard or stunt and now it is leaking fluid.

I called the vendor who reffered me to GPR and GPR told me to uinstall it and send it back with a check for $13 to cover return postage.

I'm thinking of selling the GPR and going with a Scotts damper, I don't want to send the unit back every few months or so for servicing.

I heard the scott's usually don't leak but the GPR is known for leaking and needs constant servicing?
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I bought a GPR stabilizer in April and I dont even ride hard or stunt and now it is leaking fluid.

I called the vendor who reffered me to GPR and GPR told me to uinstall it and send it back with a check for $13 to cover return postage.

I'm thinking of selling the GPR and going with a Scotts damper, I don't want to send the unit back every few months or so for servicing.

I heard the scott's usually don't leak but the GPR is known for leaking and needs constant servicing?
don't give up on them yet man. Is it a V4 or an original V2? Call GPR and ask to speak to a tech about your issue and just ask for a little help. If you feel they are giving you the shaft, try to understand where they are coming from. THey have no idea what kind of use you are giving it, they only can go off of what they know when they see it. I've never heard of them going bad in less than two months of use, but that's just me. They are usually rebuilt once a race season for me, and I would venture to bet that my race dampers get a bit more abuse through the valving than street ones. Shoot me a pm with your info if the phone call with GPR doesn't go so well, I'll see if I can help you talk to the right people.


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June 9, 2008, 05:24 PM

The original one: Part number 471-4050-LP.

My buddy has a Scotts and the range of adjustability is more and at the highest setting it is VERY stiff. At setting 8 on mine, it's not nearly as stiff at all.
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Johnny has the Scott's and LOVES it....I know nothing about steering dampeners cuz I may ride 2.5 miles to work.


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June 10, 2008, 03:42 PM

I'm uninstalling it tonight and shipping it back to GPR, the rep on the phone was extremely friendly and told me they will most likely replace the fluid and seals and it will be like new and that every 18 months I can get it serviced for free, just have to pay postage.

I was pleased with their professionalism so far.
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I'm uninstalling it tonight and shipping it back to GPR, the rep on the phone was extremely friendly and told me they will most likely replace the fluid and seals and it will be like new and that every 18 months I can get it serviced for free, just have to pay postage.

I was pleased with their professionalism so far.
I have both scotts and a GPR V4.... I consider GPR to be the better of the two. The Scotts has "more adjustment" but to date I have not touched the "high speed dampening" and they even advise not to... I haven't found a point for it yet and I ride my bikes strictly on the track now. After two years of track riding I love my GPR more and haven't had any problems with it. I've had the GPR for about a year now I guess... I've had the Scotts since 06.

the $13 for shipping is well worth keeping the damper from GPR... BTW if you have a very thin damper unit you likely have the V4 ( the newest model ) the V2 model is more the size of the Scotts damper.


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I'm uninstalling it tonight and shipping it back to GPR, the rep on the phone was extremely friendly and told me they will most likely replace the fluid and seals and it will be like new and that every 18 months I can get it serviced for free, just have to pay postage.

I was pleased with their professionalism so far.
I'm glad it's working out for you so far. Those guys are good dudes. Postage isn't so bad. WHen they ship it back to you, request ground shipping. It takes a little longer, but something happens to them when they fly them. They seem to develop bubbles in the oil from the pressure changes in flight. I don't know if it will affect the performance, but wait a few extra days and don't risk it.


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Did you buy it new or used? I've loved all my GPR's
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Their dampers don't really leak. There's a seal under the v4's spin wheel that holds oil from when it was made because they're made submerged.

That oil seaps over time.
Definitely a leak, LuckyinVA even offered me a rag because he saw the leak when we were riding home.

Got home and uinstalled it, it is dripping fluid. Its boxed up now ready to ship back to GPR...



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Did you buy it new or used? I've loved all my GPR's
Bought it brand new from Parts411.com
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Yeah you have the V2 GPR... you buy from parts411? I'm sorry

But in all seriousness, sounds like the unit had a bad seal... could happen to anyone with any brand.

I'll say it again though, GPR > Scotts Carnage knows...


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It was sad to ride and look over and see that Steve.. I hope you get it back soon.


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June 11, 2008, 10:55 PM

they are quick on turnaround. I think they had a bad batch of seals. My first on leaked and they put a new one on my bike at Daytona before the 200. That one started leaking also. So I sent that one in for new seals and it has been good since..


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