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post #1 of 54 Old 04-12-2010, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Raising forks

First off let me appologize for not searching harder. I'm at work on my iphone and want to do this after work.
I'm wondering what the proper torque is for the forks when i raise themin the clamps. Any help would be appreciated. Also, 15mm is the prefered amount, correct?
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Loosen the upper and lower clamps on one side, slide the fork tube up and tighten it back up. Then do the other side. That way the bike is supported by one tube at all times.

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16.5 ft/lb. 15mm is what I run. They will go to about 20 before hitting the handlebars but I didn't like it there and went back to 15mm.

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Loosen the upper and lower clamps on one side, slide the fork tube up and tighten it back up. Then do the other side. That way the bike is supported by one tube at all times.
For some reason, that method doesn't sit right with me. I am not saying it is wrong and doesn't work, it's just that there is some "torquing" to the front end to get that to work.

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When torquing the four, (two per fork tube), lower fork clamp bolts, DON'T just torque one of the bolts and then the other and think you are done; you are not!!!

You MUST torque one of the bolts first, then it's "brother" next to it, then go BACK and retorque the first bolt again.........then double check the second bolt.

If you just torque, say, the upper bolt of the lower fork clamp, then the bottom bolt of the lower fork clamp and think you are done, you are wrong. By torquing the lower bolt, the upper one becomes loose again.

Go back and forth between these lower fork clamp bolts, torquing them and retorquing them to ensure they are truly tight.

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Worked for me one side at a time when I did it last fall. I just checked them again this spring as part of my get ready for the road routine and they were all still OK. But it would not hurt to recheck the torque after you have both sides done.

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Ok, got that done. Now I'm trying to bleed the front brakes after replacing the line so i can install my risers. Fun night...
Thanks for the help everyone.
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Be very patient. Blair suggests tying the brake lever down overnight to allow more air to work its way out.

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Ill have to try that once i get home. Thanks for the info.
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Front fork modification

I would like to try this modification too. I already have a Murphs fork brace installed. Would I have to remove this to drop the front forks by 15mm or is it possible to do this without removing it and then re-installing it ?

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