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post #1 of 24 Old 07-21-2018, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question Tried adjusting height of my front fork, didn't go as planned.

Yesterday I attempted to lower my forks by loosening the triple tree clamp bolts one side at a time, the first side went exactly as planned but the second side dropped too low and I had no way to lift it back into place. I don't have any way to get all the weight off the front end, something I foolishly didn't realize I needed to do since it wasn't mentioned in the few guides I could find.Anyway, after an immense struggle to lift it by hand via my crash bars and then snug one of the bolts I was able to get them within 1/4" of each other. Is the bike safe to ride with a difference that big? I plan on taking it to a friend's house where I can get some help to lift it back to where I want it.
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You can try to lift the front of the bike using a ratchet strap looped through the cash bars on each side and over a garage rafter, if you have a garage. If you have help, put the bike in gear, put the sidestand down, and pull the bike up and over to the ground to lever the front wheel off the floor using the sidestand as a fulcrum. Not fun, but Ive done it in the days before I had all my stands, jacks, and equipment. BE CAREFUL!
A rear stand with swingarm spools, and a front stand with the ability to raise the bike via the steering stem woudnt be a waste of your money. I use Pitbulls. NEVER use a front stand without having the bike on a rear stand.
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If your bike has a center stand the jack out of you car/truck works a treat at getting the front wheel off the ground
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So the 1/4" difference I have now is not ride-able? Garage rafters aren't an option unfortunately. That side stand fulcrum thing sounds like it would take more muscle and luck than I have available. I would be scared of the side stand slipping out. Have to go to the dealership today to get the plates for my bike anyway, will check if they have a front end stand. Could you link the exact type I need? I can't share links as a new user and I don't want to ask for the wrong thing. It's called a "headlift" stand right?
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If your bike has a center stand the jack out of you car/truck works a treat at getting the front wheel off the ground
I do not have a centerstand, only a rear wheel stand and a scissor jack that I can't find an appropriate place or method to lift the front end with. It has a horrible open sided rectangle shaped jacking point with a 1/2" gap that has a provides barely any surface area. It was enough to install my rear lowering links but I can't say I'd trust it for actually holding the bike up. Could you recommend something better?
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If you already have a rear stand, then get a front stand. Just never use the front without the bike on a rear stand.
Pitbull stands cost more than most, but to me, are well worth it. Some raise the front via the bottom of the forks, god for wheel removal. But for any fork work that requires the front end to be unloaded, you want a stand that lifts by the steering stem, or like my Pitbull front stand and steering stem conversions, does both. The stem stand requires a specific pin for your bike, Pitbull has a chart showing which to get. I have 8 pins for working on various bikes. The Pitbull Newfront Stand is a stem-lift only stand. I'm not saying you can't ride the bike with the uneven fork heights...but why leave anything to chance? Here ya GO!
https://www.pit-bull.com/

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I do not have a centerstand, only a rear wheel stand and a scissor jack that I can't find an appropriate place or method to lift the front end with. It has a horrible open sided rectangle shaped jacking point with a 1/2" gap that has a provides barely any surface area. It was enough to install my rear lowering links but I can't say I'd trust it for actually holding the bike up. Could you recommend something better?
A piece of 2x4 in combination of with a scissors jack will work. Don't worry you not going to snap the oil filter off the 2x4 is on the aluminum boss at the engine.

If it made you feel better you could round out the 2x4 so the filter boss settled a litter deeper in it. This is the set up I use when changing the front tire on the DL. Rear wheel in a chock and jack the front up. Really for what you are doing you do not eve need to get the front wheel off the ground just get the weight off of it Be careful and go slow you'll be fine.
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A piece of 2x4 in combination of with a scissors jack will work. Don't worry you not going to snap the oil filter off the 2x4 is on the aluminum boss at the engine.

If it made you feel better you could round out the 2x4 so the filter boss settled a litter deeper in it. This is the set up I use when changing the front tire on the DL. Rear wheel in a chock and jack the front up. Really for what you are doing you do not eve need to get the front wheel off the ground just get the weight off of it Be careful and go slow you'll be fine.
Appreciate the picture, that's pretty much identical to my stand but I can't help thinking how easily that will topple over while moving the front end around. If I can get a 2x4 I will try that out.
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I believe the solution above is a good one with the block and scissors jack.

However I don't think the quarter inch difference is a problem for a short ride. My reasoning is that the front axle is already securely clamped in place thereby keeping the fork lowers in place. The only difference therefore is the difference in spring rate between the legs caused by the difference in height which at a quarter inch is minimal. Obviously it is preferable to deal with the issue at home.

One other method to consider is to place the rear of the bike over a secure ground anchor and strap the rear down with a ratchet strap
on the centrestand until the front is off the ground. This is a method that I regularly use.
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https://www.vstrom.info/vsri-gallery...+Seal+lift.jpg worked for me. Many have warned that this type of pipe stand could fail, hence the scissor jack for extra support and to control the lowering of the front to the ground on completion.
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