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post #1 of 7 Old 07-27-2009, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Front fork pinch bolts loose

This is nothing new, but I did not torque the pinch bolts for about a month now and when I put the wrench to them, needed to turn most of them 1/2 to 3/4 of a turn to have them meet the torque spec. Just a tidbit for some who may overlook them.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-28-2009, 09:41 AM
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Sounds like you need to throw a little bit of Loc-Tite on them.
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Since you're tightening a clamp, adding torque to one bolt relieves some of the pressure on the other bolt, making it looser. Go back and forth between the two lower pinch bolts on each side with the torque wrench until they're at spec. You can get wear rings in the fork tube where it rocks in the clamp if you don't.

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Sounds like you need to throw a little bit of Loc-Tite on them.
If it keeps doing that I probably will, but Bill I post makes sense. I guess I should have known to go back and forth on them!
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-29-2009, 07:58 PM
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fork bolts

Question I want to drop my wifes 650 front about 1" the rear is 2" lower. Do you have to remove the plastic or is there enough room to do it with the plastic attached?
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You can move the tubes one side at a time without taking off any plastic or having to prop up the front end. The unloosened side will hold the front up. The handlebars get in the way after about 3/4" though. I know you don't want to hear this, but the increase in rake and trail from dropping the rear more than the front is the opposite of what makes the bike handle best on pavement. Also, it will be possible for the rear tire to hit the fender and the front fork legs to hit the triple clamps with that much lowering. I hope the load on the bike will be limited. Also, cutting the under seat rubber bumpers in half aids in a lower seat height.

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I am completely aware of the geometry change caused by lowering the bike in the rear. It has always been my intent to level the bike. Since it is for the wife and she weights a lot less then I do it should be no issue on clearance.

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