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Offline Djalz

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Bars
« on: June 13, 2019, 12:43:30 PM »
Hi Group
Some of you may have read my previous post where I had a spill whilst out riding , The impact itself was low speed and the bike suffered mainly cosmetic damage. I did however notice when I recovered the bike that the handlebars were not straight according to the way the front wheel was pointing , I took it to a mechanic who confirmed bars and shocks etc were all fine reporting that when the bike fell the sharp impact moved the bars and it wasnt a bent or twisted issue and he straightened the bars to the proper direction , Now this is where the OCD kicks in , Ive been out a couple of times since and I think there is still a couple of mil in the bars .
I have read that you can loosen the bottom set of hex bolts on each side of the forks and then push down hard several times to compress the front suspension to straighten the front wheel. Has anyone heard this or is there another way to do this.
Any ideas please, Thanks guys

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Re: Bars
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2019, 04:08:17 PM »
 Djalz, in reference to what you read; yes that is the way to align any anomalies in the front suspension, assuming nothing is bent. I would inquire whether your mechanic performed this operation, if not then it wouldn't hurt to do so yourself. Just remember not to loosen the upper pinch bolts, just loosen the lowers.

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Offline walt

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Re: Bars
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 04:13:23 PM »
theres videos on youtube of how to do this

Offline UncleGary

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Re: Bars
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2019, 11:31:04 PM »
This is a good video on aligning forks.

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I use this technique and it works quite well.

Offline grunty-motor

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Re: Bars
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2019, 06:49:45 AM »
in the old days, you used to just kick the wheel in the direction you wanted to move it with the bars fully left/right!!! but now the consensus is risk to the steering stops breaking.

but you can loosen the lower ones and get someone to hold the bars while you kick it.

Offline chuckxc

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Re: Bars
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2019, 08:22:37 AM »
I'd ignore that last post--kicking it is bad advice.  Do it properly.
Yes, the video is good.
Laterally unstable unless moving.

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Re: Bars
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2019, 01:55:29 AM »
*Originally Posted by chuckxc [+]
I'd ignore that last post--kicking it is bad advice.  Do it properly.
Yes, the video is good.

I think grunty is referring to his bicycle.

Chico

Offline grunty-motor

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Re: Bars
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2019, 09:18:43 AM »
you boys are so sensitive....next you'll be telling me you use moisturiser :008:

 


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