Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Truth or Consequences, NM
How much is too much bend in fork tubes?
I had not ridden for a while as I had new knees installed (good job at UNM) so when I fired up and went down the road, I was looking for surprises. Fork oil coming out!! OK, need new seals. 28 K on the bike, a K2, so not unusual. Pulled the forks and put then in the vise and turned the tubes to see if straight. The right was 3/8 inch out of true and the left 1/4 inch. Not the original owner so not surprised. I had the forks off when working on the front of the bike before my new knees so I probably put them in with the bends not in line as before which would explain that new high speed wobble. We used the pipe bender to straighten out our dirt bike fork tubes all the time, but I am usually going twice as fast now. Just how much bend is safe if I get them lined up to reduce that wobble? Will the old pipe bender trick straighten them enough to be safe? Pick up some used ones? Any thoughts?