front forks "clunk" on rebound after going over drops / into potholes
Now that Electricals are sorted, time to figure out this front end clunk.
I noticed the front end "clunked" when I went over surfaces that had a drop following it- since I was mostly road riding, it did this very infrequently. It is not a fairing sound- it seems to come from inside the front forks. It only happens on rebound- not compression/bottoming out. Or when the front tire comes off the ground from acceleration or dropping off a curb. The sound and feeling in the handlebars happen when the front suspension is not in the compression cycle.
Now, after spending last week riding a few hundred miles of forest service roads and UTV trails in the Black Hills, I noticed (and the guys with me could hear it when riding near me) the "clunk" happening more and more often (one shouted as he rode next to me- "is that supposed to sound like that?"). On one particularly rough decent, the front end would clunk after every rock/drop/bump - which was basically every 2-4 meters. Go over a rock (when the fork is at the end of rebound) and CLUNK! Wheelie over a rise and CLUNK when the front tire comes off the ground. Slowly navigate a rough/rocky descent and CLUNK... CLUNK... CLUNK... every time the forks fully extend.
The previous owner has paperwork showing they bought and had the dealer install Gold Valves.
A few months ago, I replaced the fork seals and put in new oil, thinking that not enough oil might affect the dampening and be the cause from a leaky seal. No luck.
So basically I think my only option is to tear the forks apart and see what I see- I am just not sure what I am looking for.
I have read many of the posts about front end "clunk" on the Wee- much of that seemed to be in the fairing and or mid stroke on compression. This seems to have everything to do with the rebound dampening - especially at the very end.
I'll post a video of the clunking sound and link to it tonight.
Does anyone have experience with dampening issues or thoughts?