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Old 05-24-2012, 07:42 PM   #1
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I load/unload my bike into my truck bed usually by myself and use ratchet straps to tie it down front and back and suck the suspension down bout half way,,,,, question is........ can i damage the suspension by doing this?
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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I load/unload my bike into my truck bed usually by myself and use ratchet straps to tie it down front and back and suck the suspension down bout half way,,,,, question is........ can i damage the suspension by doing this?
You can, what I use on my dirt bikes when I load them up is a block that goes between the forks and the tire and then I ratchet the straps down. I've yet had to load my street bike up yet

Bottom line is yes you can ruin your suspension if you compress them too much for long periods of time.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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No if you tie it down the way you described you will not damage your suspension.

If you pull the straps to the point the forks are bottomed or almost bottomed then you can cause the fork seals to start weeping and usually they need to be replaced once that happens.
Pull them down until the bike feels solid and stable and you are good to go.

One recommendation is to stop using ratchet straps and use the cam buckle type instead. It's too easy to over do it with ratchets and the cam buckles are so much easier to use.

The blocks are for dirtbikes, and not intended for street bikes.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:17 PM   #4
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I have been strapping mine pretty much bottomed out for years. I do it at the track for drag racing. It went a long time getting strapped every friday at least. Never noticed any negative effect.
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that is some excellent extremely conflicting arguments......... i think i will take the middle ground and go with umm its all good so far!!
thanks for the input
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