Compressing front suspension

Ernest Montague afm199 at
Fri Jul 15 13:07:58 PDT 2011

This is a good  idea.

When I do this I put bike on the stands and shove a long 2 by 4 under the front tire.  unscrew caps and lift 2 by 4 up until forks are fully compressed. ( shiny tube almost gone into slider)
On Jul 15, 2011, at 1:02 PM, Aaron Turner wrote:

> I always find the easiest thing is just unscrew the fork caps and
> slowly lower the bike down.   Bringing it back up is a little more
> work- lifting the bike and re-screwing the cap, but is easily done
> with someone helping.
> On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM, Erik Weber <yoober at> wrote:
>> Ok thanks. I was afraid of bending the triple.
>> On 7/15/11, Ernest Montague <afm199 at> wrote:
>>> Bad idea. You will bend the stay. wrap around triple and hook under fork
>>> tube.
>>> On Jul 15, 2011, at 12:43 PM, Erik Weber wrote:
>>>> Hey I'm doing some body work and I need to compress the front
>>>> suspension and take some measurements.
>>>> My idea is to take off the front fender and wrap a tie down through
>>>> the front wheel and up around the center bar of the fairing stay and
>>>> ratchet it down. I got the stock first gen fairing stay which I
>>>> believe is made out of iron so I don't think it will bend.
>>>> Is this a bad idea or is there a better way? I'm trying to make sure
>>>> body work is going to clear when the suspension is bottomed out.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Erik
> -- 
> Aaron Turner
>         Twitter: @synfinatic
> - Pcap editing and replay tools for Unix & Windows
> Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary
> Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
>     -- Benjamin Franklin
> "carpe diem quam minimum credula postero"

More information about the SV650 mailing list