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Old 10-16-2012, 06:41 AM   #1
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Squeaking front forks, safe to ride?

Front forks started squeaking slightly on the way home from work yesterday. Is this something to be concerned about?

I have no idea about fork repair, is this something a noob with mild mechanical ability can tackle themselves?
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:43 AM   #2
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Should be safe as long as they're not leaking oil. Keep an eye on them because the seals may need to be replaced.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:05 AM   #3
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I have no idea about fork repair, is this something a noob with mild mechanical ability can tackle themselves?
Maybe with the help from someone who has done it before. You'd also need a fork compression tool.

You can always swing by Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited or Tony at HoPD and they will check it out for you. They would be my top choices to do the repair work if needed...
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:40 AM   #4
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Should be safe to ride but keep an eye out for fork oil until you can get it into a shop to have them look at it.
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Generally speaking that means a bushing is seized. It's safe, but I wouldn't keep riding it forever. Your damping is probably much much stiffer now than it should be.
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:39 AM   #6
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Actually noticed the opposite this morning. Fork only squeaked while rolling out if the apartment complex, after that the ride was much smoother than normal. Going over bumps, etc. I'm wondering if I either am losing oil and its just softer or if it was seized and has broken loose?
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:45 PM   #7
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Well, it seems like the front forks are good and quiet now. But now the rear suspension is squeaking somewhere. Any ideas why my bike seems to be going to ?
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #9
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Lubed up a couple joints and lightly sprayed my forks and (rear strut-thing?) with WD-40. Made sure I covered the brake parts with blue towels before spraying. Squeak is gone!
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rotary damper. remove the links and lubricate the needle bearings with some "superlube", should slightly smooth out the suspension, til the dampener starts giving u lol
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Well, it actually wasn't the rotary damper...not what I'm thinking is the unit itself. What I lubed looked like a coil over shock mounted horizontally on the right side of the bike just below the saddle. But I'm actually not sure what it is, since I thought the rotary damper is what took the place of a shock on the TL

I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a bitubo or ohlins to replace my damper.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:54 PM   #12
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Since lubing up my forks and shock-thing(TL uses diff suspension setup) either I have become a worse rider or the handling is significantly more sensitive. I haven't ever come close to falling over, but today on the way home from work I found while making a non-brake right hand turn I almost went over. Also noticed when looking over my shoulder to check for lane clear before changing lanes, the movement has a significant amount more impact on the bike. Strange.
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As I offered earlier, swing by and I'll look at it, no charge.
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Thanks Patrick, just a matter of finding time to swing by. What used to be a relaxed schedule at work that allowed for long lunch breaks got tightened up, so I have to find a free saturday.
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Think I'll pass. Thanks for the offer, bro.
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