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Rebuilding forks - December 19, 2007, 06:27 AM

Decided on getting on with my F2 streetfighter project.The forks are kinda squishy.Is this just a fluid change or is there more to it.Im not familiar with the inner workings.I havent messed with them yet because Im scared a spring will pop out and get stuck in my forehead.


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Decided on getting on with my F2 streetfighter project.The forks are kinda squishy.Is this just a fluid change or is there more to it.Im not familiar with the inner workings.I havent messed with them yet because Im scared a spring will pop out and get stuck in my forehead.
Take forks off the bike and put them in a soft jaw vise. Clamp on the lower part and use you upper tripple to clamp on the tube while you unbolt the top adjuster. Yes there will be a spring but will not come shooting out. You should change the fork seals while you are doing it. This does take special tools to do. If you need help PM me and we can talk.


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December 19, 2007, 08:24 AM

Yep, stiffer springs and a little thicker fork oil will do wonders.
If you remove the forks yourself and take it to a shop it's not too expensive.
Have them put new seals in while you are at it.


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December 19, 2007, 09:07 AM

If you have the right tools and level of experience, You should be able to take care of it. if you are doing it at home, be sure to loosen the fork top before you remove the forks from the bike, as you probably do not have the jig to clamp a vise on the fork tube without damaging it. i would recomend the correct front spring, with better oil and use thicker oil if you are trying to do this cheap, or a valve kit if you want to make it as good as you can.
any shop can do it for about 2 hours labor if you brinng in the tubes, 2.5 hours
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Look to the Race Tech springs, and definitely do the seals/replaceables while you're at it. I went with 0.95 kg/mm rate for my 195 lbs. If I could do it over again, I'd go down one step in stifness--this is a bike I mainly commute on though. Talk to Dodge before opting for the RT Gold Valves as he has mentioned they're pretty stiff. The shop that did the spring swap and seals in my bandit tubes (off the bike) hit me for 3 hours labor. I opted for the shop because I didn't want to screw something up. People told me that if you get any grit inside, you can screw things up.


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