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Old 04-28-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Forks look short, or collapsed

So now that I was able to fit the body work to the bike correctly it looks like the forks have collapsed a bit.

Quick back story, I picked the bike up from a guy that wrecked it, been slowing rebuilding it as a project.

So in this pic the front tire looks like it is trying to hide in the fairings. If I was to put in the inner "V" fairing, if I hit a bump the front tire would probabily hit the "V" fairing.

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The bike does not look lowered. and the radiator looks to have been bumped by the tire. So I am either thinking that the wreck ruined the springs or the internals of the forks. And they don't look bent...

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Maybe I should just get new forks..
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Are you sure nothing is bent, even with forks fully compressed that tire shouldnt be hitting anything
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Do you have a pic looking at it from the front, and one of the top of the triple tree?
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:10 PM   #4
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Always loved the F2-F3's, but they didn't have the most stout front end.
Sounds like either the forks or triples are bent.
If you can swing it by I'll look at it and see if I can tell what the issue is, no charge.
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Could be internally lowered
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Could be internally lowered
Maybe, but if so he still wouldn't have the issue of the front wheel wanting to hit the belly pan v at full compression.
To me that indicates something is tweaked.
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Hate to offer this up, but it could be the frame bent at the neck. I've bought a couple of bikes likes this. Everything looked okay with the bodywork off and had a heck of a time getting all the bodywork on the bike and lining up properly. After it was all said and done, I had the same problem you are experiencing. Hope it's your forks and not the frame, but have Motorcycles Unlimited look at it and get a professional's advice.
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this is how broken shocks look like

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this is how broken shocks look like

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That must have been fun riding out...
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bike wanted to say hi to the wall.
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bike wanted to say hi to the wall.
LOL, I got all pissy when I lost my shifter. That looked a little more serious. Not to thread jack, but what caused this?
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good old track day crash...lowside right before front straight, bike slide into the wall.
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looks like your shocks pop the cord, only the sprints are holding the bike up. If I am correct, you need new forks.
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Aren't the clip-ons supposed to go under the triple tree?
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Not on an old F3.
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I have never seen a front tire that close to a radiator. Something is out of whack.
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Thanks Blue streak. If I need to get it to him I can get a trailer. But time is short during the week due to kids activities, so it would have to be this weekend or next..

But I was looking more at it this morning. The tank bolts up fine, none of the frame gussets looked stressed around the neck and the steering stops line up nice and flat to each other.

One side has a broken dust shield. On this fork, I could almost fit an entire pencil into the dust shield area towards the front, and the rear it looked like only about 1/2 way to 3/4 of the sharpened side could fit.

I am leaning towards fork issues right now.
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