Compressing front suspension

Ernest Montague afm199 at
Sat Jul 16 19:00:36 PDT 2011

I put the bike on a steering head center stand, remove the fork caps, and use a 2 by 4 to lift the wheel. Much less chance of dropping the bike.

On Jul 16, 2011, at 6:55 PM, Randy Grein wrote:

> I use a hydraulic jack under the engine, just at the oil filter boss to lift the bike up so the tire is free. Then remove the fork caps (carefully!) and lower the bike until supported by the front wheel. No effort, no drama. Obviously i can do it without calling a group of friends...
> 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

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