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The damping assembly helps with the vibrations and buffering from the road so I'd imagine you'd feel more vibrations from your front end. It'll probably be ride-able but your hands might get numb quicker.

Why not replace it while you have the forks apart? Most stock fork internals can be had for not much. Also is there anything else bent? Tubes/legs? Having the rebound/dampening not adjusted correctly can bend the rod but so can a serious bump
 

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Why not replace it while you have the forks apart? Most stock fork internals can be had for not much.
Not the damper rod, that little suckers going to run you about $400 or so...

Damper rod is basically the heart of a cartridge fork, depending how badly its bent it could basically be like running a fork with no oil, very springy and a scary loss of front wheel traction.
Could maybe try to find a single scratched up fork on ebay for cheaper parts but run the risk of buying one thats already bent again.
 

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Is that the oem price? That's nuts! I was thinking ebay, ~$100ish for an entire fork here and there.
Ya thats oem prices. Damper rod always makes up about 70% the price of a fork oddly enough. Ya finding a good unbent one would be the best. Ebay will be his best friend lol.
 
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