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Old 09-09-2006, 12:23 AM   #1
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Fork Problem

Hey when you have tweaked forks, what are your options on correcting this, are they repairable or is it just a replacement issue?
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:30 AM   #2
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What do you mean by tweaked? Bent? if so how much? Or just twisted in the tree clamps, or???? What kind of forks/bike? Upside down forks or conventional?
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:33 AM   #3
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What do you mean by tweaked? Bent? if so how much? Or just twisted in the tree clamps, or???? What kind of forks/bike? Upside down forks or conventional?
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:34 AM   #4
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have heard of people correcting a SLIGHT bend in the tubes but i would just get another set of tubes.
I think "Forks by frank" is still around
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ooh, ok..

2002 gsxr 1000, so it would be upside down forks, it's tweaked to the left, dunno if it's in the tree clamps or not, I could go snap some pictures if you have a second and think it would help.
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:36 AM   #6
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replace the upper forktubes and internal parts depends on how bad they are if u don't replace soon you will go thru fork seals like crazy
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If the front wheel is out and with the axle out rotate each side (the bottom part) and see if it appears to be straight or if it appears bent. That will be a good starting point.
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ooh, ok..

2002 gsxr 1000, so it would be upside down forks, it's tweaked to the left, dunno if it's in the tree clamps or not, I could go snap some pictures if you have a second and think it would help.
you can probaly loosen up the clamp pinch bolts on the trees and try to straighten out the wheel/handlebars. someone need to be in front of the bike to make sure the wheel is straight while you stand behind the bike to align the "handlebars".
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losen the tripple tree bolts and see if they will go back
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:45 AM   #11
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but dont remove them. also this should be done with two people.
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:50 AM   #12
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Granted these pics suck but lets see if they are usefull

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(the wheel is pointed straight in this pic)
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look down the right tube and see if it is Straight. losen all the tripple bolts including the big 32mm(or whatever) you can hold the wheel with your legs and try to twist the handle bars back Straight. more than likley that right tube is bent.
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i would replace both upper forktubes and check internal parts for damage or just get new forks
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Whats that you all say? Upgrade the front suspension? Well, if I must I must. =)
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Well - the pics are better than nothing. In the first one its looks like something is hanging out of the seal - is it or is that just the way it looks in the pic? Assuming there is nothing (like part of a damaged seal) hanging out the last pic tells the most. If it were mine I would jack it or support it so the front wheel is off the ground and secure. Next, I would remove the front wheel and fender. I would then rotate the bottom of each tube and see if each tube appears straight or bent. If they are straight that is obviously good. This has "poor boy" checked the tubes themselves for straight. Assuming they are straight (best case), then you will need to loosen the big nut at the top center of the upper tree (shown in your last [3rd] picture). Don't remove it - just loosen it. Next you will need to loosen each fork body - lets say for talks sake the left one first - loosen the top and bottom clamps of the left side, and resnug them very lightly - just enough to hold them from falling [note how the top is aligned vertically with respect to the upper tree / flush, just above, just below, and record that] it should be the same on both sides. Then do the same thing to the right side. You may feel things shift during the loosening of all this - this will be the parts trying to realign themselves, if they aren't bent too badly. Next loosen one side (we'll say the left side - first) and with the upper and lower tree clamps just barely loose enough to allow the fork housing to rotate (fender, caliper,etc will have to be removed first) look at the very bottom of the lower tube as you rotate the housing in the clamps and see if the bottom appears to be straight (doesn't oscillate - stays exactly in one spot) - if it doesnt oscillate, and it does stay in one spot - that is good. Snug the left side again, just enough to hold it in place, then do the same thing to the right side. What you are doing with all this is creating your own "poor boy" V-blocks out of the trees. If you do all this and all is well then let us know and I'll walk you through the retightening procedure to get everything back where it needs ot be - Good luck!

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Old 09-09-2006, 01:37 AM   #18
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I'm going to do this.. but it will have to be tomorrow because I'm at work right now, but I will do this and let you all know what happens..

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Old 09-09-2006, 01:40 AM   #19
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Just to clarify - in the first part of this you are rotating the TUBE in the housing - that checks the TUBE for straight. If it's straight and ONLY if it's straight do you go to the second check where you rotate the whole assembly (FORK HOUSING) in the trees - that checks the fork housing for straight. Most likely the tube (lower shiny chrome looking part) is the weaker of the two, and will be the first to bend. I'm out of here - off to the rack will check on you tomorrow.
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