Compressing front suspension

Erik Weber yoober at
Sat Jul 16 12:59:13 PDT 2011

Nah I haven't had money to race in more than two years so I've been
taking my time. Thanks for the tip.

On 7/16/11, Jim Stewart <js at> wrote:
> On 7/15/2011 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
> I'm about 23 hours late, so you've probably already proceeded with the
> exercise.
> But if not, don't overthink the issue. You're working too hard on a
> simple job.
> Just take *one* of the fork caps off. With only one active spring you'll
> be able to compress the fork easily to its maximum. And with the second
> spring still in place it'll be easier to extend them and replace the
> fork cap.
> -js

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