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post #1 of 15 Old 04-22-2008, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question about front end adjustment...

Can someone explain in detail the procedure for lowering the front 15mm or so down the fork tubes. I know this is a fairly simple procedure, and I'm a mechanically inclined kinda guy, I just don't wanna screw up my steering. Pictures would be helpful. Thanks!
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Put a long piece of wood about the correct thickness between the fork tube top and the handlebar. Loosen the pinch bolts for one tube only on the upper and lower triple clamps just enough to allow the tube to move. Use the wood to lever the tube into position. The other fork tube will hold the bike up and allow adjustment. Then tighten that side and do the other side.

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10mm not 15mm. To get rid of the weave at naughty speeds it's 10mm. Did a bit of checking after I found out mine was already done, just wanted to check it was right to do so and 10 is the common figure that came back.

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cool, sounds easy enough
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I did mine at 15mm and I like it.....big improvement!!

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10mm not 15mm. To get rid of the weave at naughty speeds it's 10mm. Did a bit of checking after I found out mine was already done, just wanted to check it was right to do so and 10 is the common figure that came back.

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I had to look it up, so I thought I'd share. 10mm = .394 inches
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Hmmm, what is this weave you speak of?

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Hmmm, what is this weave you speak of?
Above road legal speeds with pillion or panniers the nose apparently 'weaves' and the lowerign the forks 10mm and winding the rear pre load to max makes a stable happy strom. Even one up playing in the twisties this setup is perfection without any running wide in the corners when giving it some stick.
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Unless you like a much quicker handling machine. I took mine to the high end of the spectrum at 25mm, 2.5wt folk oil, adjuster showing 3.5 lines and dropped the tire pressure to 24 in front, 26 in the rear. but it might not be for everyone. For me, it helps to load the front end a little more and I like where it is.

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I've got to say I'm appalled. 25mm is getting to the area where the front fender might crash into the lower triple clamp on a hard bump. 2.5wt fork oil will allow sharp bumps to be absorbed easier but the rebound will be too fast. A washboard section of road could pogo the front end. Running tire pressures that low on pavement will increase tire wear and make handling squirrely especially with the steering that quick.

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