any tips on reinstalling fork tubes?

Steve Northrop blackgpz at
Sun May 11 08:18:57 PDT 2008

If the upper tubes are straight, the size of the clamping area in the triple 
clamps pretty much self-aligns them. I bounce it up and down a couple times 
before tightening the axle to make sure the lowers are aligned as best they 
can. Now's your opportunity to slide the tubes up about 1/4" to help with 
the GPZ's slow steering. Before putting the front wheel and fairing back on 
is also the best time for a real good adjustment on the steering head 
bearings. It's real easy to "feel" any roughness or play in the bearings.

Steve in Western NY
'96 GPZ1100
'02 Daytona 955i
'08 KLR 650
"You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "1KPerDay" <1kperday at>
To: "Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion" <gpzlist at>
Sent: Saturday, May 10, 2008 7:02 PM
Subject: any tips on reinstalling fork tubes?

>I finally got my fork tubes back together (after having to
> disassemble/retorque one AGAIN (for the third time) because something
> was binding as I pulled and pushed the tube... whatever i did during
> the reassemble fixed it. Luckily I noticed it before I filled it with
> oil.
> Trying 15W. Anyway, any tips for procedure on reinstalling the forks
> so they're square? Order of tightening bolts, installation of axle,
> wheel, do it with weight on the front wheel or not, etc. Right now the
> front of the bike is supported with a stem stand (pretty cook bit of
> kit).
> thanks for any advice.
> -- 
> Utah Jeff
> '96 SheePz1100 

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