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Old 03-11-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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I put my bike on my bike stands and I noticed a strange thing. It appeared that my forks maybe either be bent or off (if that's possible). Anyway, I can safely say that there are no obvious signs of damage (bent tubes or oil leaks). However, when I put the bike on the stands I noticed the bars where slightly turned to the right if you sit on the bike and look down. Also, if you stand in front of the bike you can definitely tell that something is off as the wheel is leaning slightly to the left (more like pushed than actually bending or turning). I have since ridden the bike and I can't tell any major differences (shaking or pulling in one direction or the other) other than aesthetically. Anyway, I was curious if a complete fork job is in the near future? Or (hopefully), just some sort of adjustment. I can provide pictures if need be.

A little back drop to the story. I was essentially broadsided on Westheimer last year. Lady ran into me, cops said I ran the light, no citation issued and I did not report anything to my insurance nor did she come after me. As far as the insurance is concerned, nothing happened. I shelled out about 4 thousand dollars for the major repairs out of pocket. When I went to change the tires this year (uh-oh) I noticed the front fork situation. Also, the front tire is clearly wearing more on the left side than the right side.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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yeah sounds like you need to get your forks done immediately. I had really bad front tire wear, and same exact thing on my stands. Went to house of paint and he checked it out and tony could tell something was wrong with them just by getting it on the stand. Take it to Tony of House of paint if you can, he'll check it out for free real quick and it sounds like you need the forks done. new fluid is needed

your bike will feel so much better once this is done.
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yeah sounds like you need to get your forks done immediately. I had really bad front tire wear, and same exact thing on my stands. Went to house of paint and he checked it out and tony could tell something was wrong with them just by getting it on the stand. Take it to Tony of House of paint if you can, he'll check it out for free real quick and it sounds like you need the forks done. new fluid is needed

your bike will feel so much better once this is done.
Thanks, just curious though, how much was your repair? I mean, did you have to replace the front forks or just the tubes?
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No its just labor and special tools are required. Fork oil and you put in new seals while they are open. I'll pm you pricing.

mine was terrible i have a 2001, and i dont think the forks were ever done. clean out the old nasty fluid, and put in some fresh new one. and he'll adjust your suspension for free. youre probably looking at around 150-200
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No its just labor and special tools are required. Fork oil and you put in new seals while they are open. I'll pm you pricing.

mine was terrible i have a 2001, and i dont think the forks were ever done. clean out the old nasty fluid, and put in some fresh new one. and he'll adjust your suspension for free. youre probably looking at around 150-200
(Whew!) I can only hope mine are that simple... Thanks!
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Bingo! I failed to mention that I ran onto a curb and my front rim was bent also. I had a friend take a look and he immediately said that I needed to have the front forks serviced and saw no immediate need in replacing them. I am trying to get my bike over to House of Paint to have this verified but it looks like I am not going to need to have them replaced, just serviced (so far). Anyway, thanks for your input Umayr!
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Bingo! I failed to mention that I ran onto a curb and my front rim was bent also. I had a friend take a look and he immediately said that I needed to have the front forks serviced and saw no immediate need in replacing them. I am trying to get my bike over to House of Paint to have this verified but it looks like I am not going to need to have them replaced, just serviced (so far). Anyway, thanks for your input Umayr!
yeah most likely you didn't bend them but for sure house of paint is good and Patrick and motorcycles unlimited is also liked by a lot of the guys on here. but when I asked for pricing house of paint was cheapest and he did my suspension adjustment for free. dude get fresh oil! haha I did on mine and my bike handles so so much better. also I know a guy that does work on the side he's pretty good and will charge you less than shops. he has like his own little garage/shop type deal. just PM me for his number. good luck
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