Compressing front suspension

Erik Weber yoober at gmail.com
Sat Jul 16 13:01:23 PDT 2011


Still got a brand new set of Pirellis from June of 09 just beggin' to
be scuffed up!

On 7/16/11, Erik Weber <yoober at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 strappe.com> 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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