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Re: Fork Alignment: Rocking the Forks

Yes loosen all the clamps and try to turn them in place. They will show you if they are bent
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post #27 of 73 (permalink) Old 9-25-2012, 1:21 AM
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Re: Fork Alignment: Rocking the Forks

Just did this last night. My right fork is bent (knew this) and my left seemed fine. However, I noticed while turning the left fork that the front wheel was adjusting. What is this adjustment and how do I check it to be correct ?
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Re: Fork Alignment: Rocking the Forks

it too is bent.

BTW it's almost imposable to bend only 1 of the forks, on the bike anyway.

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Oh. Guess I'll just replace that one too when I do the right. haha.
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Recently hit a big dog at ~30mph. Starting to look for parts to rebuild. My forks appear to be bent. Is there a simple check to confirm this other than my eyes?

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P.S. No, the dog didn't survive. Funeral services were held later that day. I was NOT in attendance, as I was too busy swapping ice packs.
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Re: Fork Alignment: Rocking the Forks

Seen a guy straighten the forks by loosening everything on the front end except the top yolk bolts and after holding the bike straight press down on the centerof the gas tank and the forksrealign them selves. Worked very well for the hyabusa.
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Don't bet on it. Why not just do it right?

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By "twist the bars" do you mean the handle bars?

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You put," twist the bars" , in quotations, Who said that? The answer is No the fork tubes is what the topic is about.

Jeeze.

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I spent the afternoon today removing the front forks, and having them straightened... turns out the tubes were nearly straight to begin with, and I confirmed they were good after the shop straightened them by rolling them on some glass. Put the bike back together, and lo and behold, I've got the same problem I had before, handlebars 5 degrees to the right when wheel is straight, only now I have a sore back to go with it.

I loosened every one of the pinch bolts, the axle and it's pinch bolt, and could turn the tubes in the trees, loosened the large chrome bolt in the top of the tree, and tried to twist the handlebars while holding the front wheel in between my knees (Just like my bicycle days) and I couldn't get the slightest bit of budge. Nothing moves. What am I forgetting?

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Your quote is different and does not apply.

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In your first post it said "hold the wheel with your knees and twist the bars til the plate don't bend." Didn't know if you meant the fork tubes or handle bars.

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In your first post it said "hold the wheel with your knees and twist the bars til the plate don't bend." Didn't know if you meant the fork tubes or handle bars.
Actually FOG said "'Til the plate Don't rock"...... nevermind the grammar. LOL
But yes, you hold the wheel with the knees and twist the bars.

Rock...
Twist... check rock
twist again if needed... check rock
keep twisting one way or the other 'til you don't rock...


I know there's a Chuck Berry joke in there some place. :-D
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Here Mango.
https://www.ex-500.com/index.php/topi...79826.html#new
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Please that diagram is so bad I had a hard time figuring it out.

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Please that diagram is so bad I had a hard time figuring it out.

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I was just confused what bars you telling us to twist. You just mean loosen the bolts and keep twisting the handlebars til the plate don't rock. Got it!

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Whew! Wiping my brow. Good on ya sonny.

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Please that diagram is so bad I had a hard time figuring it out.

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Yes, it may be "bad" but after those diagrams and a couple of PM... I was able to get Mango to understand what you weren't able to explain.

Doesn't matter... either way he now understands what needs to be done to correct the forks and all is right with the Universe.
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This is how I always done the "rocking"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSunBRB6-r8

FYi Fog Techniques is eliminating the "Eying error"
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That Video is a joke. A simple 3" wide plate to span the tubes does it.

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Re: Fork Alignment: Rocking the Forks

Anyone have the socket/hex sizes needed for all the bolts?
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5, 6, 8, and 12mm hex heads should be in your tool box for this bike
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5, 6, 8, and 12mm hex heads should be in your tool box for this bike
Prefect, thank you
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FOG,

I just tested my forks and there was only an incy teency amount of rock, but after doing the technique mentioned my bike tracks straight and i no longer have the rock. Thank you for your right up it is much appreciated.

PS: EVERYONE ELSE READING THIS, if you have issues with bike wanting to go left or right do this procedure!

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Re: Fork Alignment: Rocking the Forks

Just doin my job. For best results do the string thing after you install FogBones, the check the vertical alignment and rock the forks.

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