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<table style="border-collapse: collapse;" id="AutoNumber1" width="100%" border="0" bordercolor="#111111" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0"> <tbody><tr> <td width="79%"> When it comes to performance mods on an ATV, I often think of a new exhaust system and better flowing air filter. This is often the case when adding a few additional horsepower. I once thought that it should be the first modification you do to your quad for a performance modification. But that was until I bolted on a steering stabilizer from Precision Racing.

Whether you are a sport quad rider or a utility quad rider, I am sure you have had the handlebars ripped out of your hands. If you never have had this happen, hold on, because you most likely will. The Precision Racing Stabilizer will reduce the felt impact to your handlebars when your tire smacks roots, rocks and the tree that jumps out in front of you.

When I originally began shopping for a steering stabilizer I had found several out there that caught my eye. Having virtually no experience with these things, I was stumped. I didn’t know which type to buy.
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Many of the stabilizers on the market were based off this design leaving a lot of room for failures and limited adjustment.
</td> <td width="64%"> Basically I found just a few different types, the small compact unit that clamps to the frame, and then an arm which clamps to the steering stem.

The other system I had found mounted the same way, it wasn’t compact by any means and reminded me of hydraulic screen door closer. There was also the style that attached to the top of the handlebar stem.

Again, having no basis to go on, I started looking to see what others were using. It appeared that there was one steering stabilizer most prevalent among all the riders that I talked to, it was a steering Stabilizer from Precision Racing Products.

I decided it was time for me to try this system. Precision Racing manufactures two different models, the Standard Model and the new Pro model. I chose to go with the Pro Model because of it’s built in reservoir which allows for better thermal expansion and a stronger linkage, stem clamp, lever and a sleeker looking housing. This I thought would be the perfect ad-on for my Kawasaki KFX-700.

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I think the greatest thing that sold me on the Precision Racing Steering stabilizer was the wide range of adjustment it provides. The Precision Racing stabilizer is the only stabilizer that has two adjustments which allow you to adjust the damping for turning separately from straight line damping.

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</td> <td width="87%">Adjust the center stiffer than the sides or the sides stiffer than the center. Whether you prefer 10% firmer or 50% the range is huge!</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="13%">
</td> <td width="87%">If conditions are slippery or loose: Firm up the center and soften up the sides. This will help you steer into your slide quicker and then the stabilizer will catch the back of the quad as it goes toward center reducing fishtailing.</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="13%">
</td> <td width="87%">Want more stability when going fast and straight and less resistance when turning? You can easily tune the Precision Stabilizer to your liking.</td> </tr> </tbody></table>

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The Precision Racing Stabilizer sits neatly in front of the KFX steering stem.
</td> <td width="77%"> First Impression
Shipping from Precision Racing was quick and packaging top notch. I was surprised at how compact the Precision Racing damper really is. The actual stabilizer housing is only just over 3 inches in diameter. All the parts appeared to be very well machined. The Precision Racing logo and the words Pro are etched into the body of the stabilizer.

The Precision Racing steering stabilizer is backed by a 3 year warranty against workmanship and materials. Here is an excerpt from Precision Racing's warranty page;

"The internal mechanical components of this stabilizer are guaranteed from breaking under any riding conditions for 3 years. Example: Toppling end over end down a hill would be covered if internal parts of the stabilizer break."

I thought that this was an exceptional guarantee due to the conditions of use in which this product is intended for. This was definitely the selling point for me. None of the other steering damper manufacturers can make this claim on their product.

Installation was extremely easy and takes less than 45 minutes under most circumstances. A few hand tools including a torque wrench are required. The hardest part to the entire installation is making sure the linkage arms are at 45 degree angles.
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The KFX-700 is a very easy bike to steer. The front end geometry makes the bike extremely responsive for such a heavy machine. This has got me in trouble several times, usually when landing from jumps, and straight lines through woods. I often felt that I was fighting the bars trying to keep from over-correcting and leading to catastrophe; all this results in one thing, rider fatigue. After installing the Precision Racing Steering Stabilizer I noticed an immediate difference in control of the quad. There was no more jerky steering in high speed straight sections of trail, riding in a straight line was now smooth and straight.

Cornering ability was another thing I noticed immediate change. Before, when going into turns at high speed I would notice the quad trying to fishtail a bit when the trail was slippery. This fishtailing was non-existent with the Precision Pro.

In the woods I noticed that the Precision Racing Steering Stabilizer did it’s job by eliminating all the bone jarring hits from stumps and rocks. Additionally I noticed the stabilizer gives me more control in deep ruts.

All of the testing was done with the factory settings of the Precision Racing Stabilizer. Once I started adjusting the settings I noticed even more control and less rider fatigue. I am sure with time I will find the “sweet spot” for my particular riding style, but it is very impressive as it is now. The stabilizer definitely does what Precision Racing claims it to do.

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One of the biggest advantages with the Precision Racing stabilizer was on the landing during our jump testing the heavy KFX-700

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<table style="border-collapse: collapse;" id="AutoNumber6" width="100%" border="0" bordercolor="#111111" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0"> <tbody><tr> <td width="24%"> </td> <td width="76%"> Another rider and I rode for 7 hours on everything from tight woods with steep hills to MX tracks testing the Precision Racing Pro steering stabilizer. At the end of the day, we knew one thing is for sure, this is a must for every rider. Whether you are a pro, amateur, or simply a recreational rider; the Precision Racing Steering Stabilizer will make you a faster, safer and more confident rider overall. Additionally, you find that the Precision Racing steering stabilizer will eliminate a lot of rider fatigue allowing you to go much further than before.

For the type of riding I do, I will not own another ATV without a Precision Racing Steering Stabilizer; I feel that this is definitely one of those "must have items".
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Here is a video demonstration of the Precision Racing steering stabilizer.
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</td> </tr> </tbody></table> For more information on the Precision Racing Steering Stabilizer contact them by the information provided below.
Precision Racing Products
LODI CA. 95240
Tel 209-365-1850
Fax 209-365-1692

Email :[email protected]


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