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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-24-2008, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Fork Stiction

Hi all, I have a very new Versys with just over 100 KM on the odometer, in this time I noticed my front end wasn't as compliant over the smaller ripples and broken pavement as I felt forks of this pedigree should feel.

So I simply slackened off the axle pinch-bolt at the bottom of the right fork leg and observed about 1mm of movement as the fork sprang into alignment! I checked my axle's torque, worked the suspension through the stroke a few times, then re-torqued the pinch bolt. Correct torque on this bolt is important for front end rigidity as the axle acts as a part of the fork stiffening setup, very much like a fork-brace.

It feels much better. MY seals and bushings will live longer too!!

The usual warnings apply... If you aren't comfortable with your skills let an expert help.

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Good tip, I'll re-torque all the important bolts at 600 miles. I'll be sure to check the front axle.

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