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joet82

Can Am DS450 X Steering Stem

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what is the advantage to having an aftermarket steering stem vice buying an OEM stem?

I bent mine in a roll i took on my first ride in cali. everything works fine, but I'll need to replace it eventually.

In talking with friends, most recommend buying an aftermarket stem....but y?

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Most of the time the oem stuff isn't much cheaper than a better quality after market part. A lot of the after market stems have anti-vibration components built in. Plus they are stronger.

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most factory handlebars are kinda buttery for a reason- so you bend the bars and not the stem. been there, done that. I rather pay $22 for factory bars than $230 for a new steering stem, wouldn't you? That's what is risked when guys put those hard-as-stone bars and clamps on a stock stem. Instead of the bars bending, the stem does. And it ain't cheap! and I don't wanna change any more hahaha Solution: a hardened aftermarket stem?

A hardened stem often bends the front of the frame! yes it got worse LOL and way more expensive.

Think about it before you go and spend $200 on bars and clamps.....you are setting yourself up for a larger repair bill.

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ya, it's 170 for an OEM steering stem. 250+ for aftermarket. and I learned from my break in maintenance that I'm doing all my own maintenance.

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I just don't want to pay the $300+ for them to do a bad job on it. I don't really trust my local shop. and it's the only one within an hour.

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buy a repair manual and do it yourself.

When I have a big project I usually go out and look it over closely, then devise a plan to do it. Take your time. Once it is done, then you will know the shortcuts and be able to help out other folks.....The first time I adjusted valves on a yamaha it took forever, Now it's a piece of cake. Your only other option is to take it to a shop. It's like going to the Doctor or the VET [that's a different rant] nowadays.....:chatterboxn:

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buy a repair manual and do it yourself.

When I have a big project I usually go out and look it over closely, then devise a plan to do it. Take your time. Once it is done, then you will know the shortcuts and be able to help out other folks.....The first time I adjusted valves on a yamaha it took forever, Now it's a piece of cake. Your only other option is to take it to a shop. It's like going to the Doctor or the VET [that's a different rant] nowadays.....:chatterboxn:

that's what I've been looking for, the repair/maintenance/shop manual, but have yet to find any online for the 08 can am ds450

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Sorry, cant help you with that, perhaps someone on the Bombardier forum can. they're in Canada, shouldn't be difficult to find in a search..... sorry that's all I have. I will surely look around for you- it's out there somewhere.

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