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post #1 of 42 Old 01-04-2016, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Raising fork tubes 2014 dl650

Trying to raise tubes 10mm, without success. Bike on centerstand, front tire on ground. Left upper and lower triple clamps completely loose, yet fork tube will not rotate or slide up at all. Should i loosen triple clamps on both sides? Am concerned about front end collapsing if both sides are loose, but can place a floor jack under engine as a precaution. Any tips are appreciated.
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post #2 of 42 Old 01-04-2016, 12:12 PM
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The wheel is still connected to the other end of them (both). Loosen them both up and move them up then. It's on the center stand, so it will not be a problem.

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Did you loosen both bolts on the lower triple clamp? There's no reason loosening one side shouldn't work. Did you push down on the handlebars with one side loose.

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Yes, loosened both 12mm bolts on lower triple clamp, sat on bike and pushed on handle bar. Do have a fork brace, might need to loosen that as well, though if machined properly, should not be tweaking the fork tubes. Weird thing is the fork tubes cannot be rotated by hand, so something is causing binding. Loosening 1 side at a time seems safer, but might try loosening both with a floor jack ready to catch bike.
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You have to loose up both sides on upper and lower triple clamp. Don't worry about collapsing of the front end since forks are on an angle so you even have to use some down force to move forks up over the triple clamp.

This is dangerous enough to prompt me to warn against it. Be very worried. GW

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Ok, will try loosening both sides next week when i return home.
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You don't have to loosen both sides. I've adjusted one side at a time more than once on two bike with fork braces. Not being able to rotate the tube is very strange.

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Fork tube won't rotate if the axle from the front wheel is attached.

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Yes it will. Put a socket on the top cap and it can be turned with the pinch bolts loosened. Maybe hit the cap with a rubber mallet in case the tube is corroded to the triple clamp.
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Actually the only logical reason that the tube will not turn if everything is loose is ----"the tube is corroded to the triple clamp."
Either way, you'll get it.

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