Compressing front suspension

Randy Grein rgrein at
Sun Jul 24 13:43:15 PDT 2011

That works, too. I will be the first to admit that you have to be  
careful when jacking the bike, but I have not dropped one yet.

On Jul 16, 2011, at 7:00 PM, Ernest Montague wrote:

> 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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