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Since you're crowd sourcing the info I'll give a +1 to what invader said. Sometimes if I have a question like that I'll stop by the dealer and have a look at a bike on the floor.
 

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tighten in stages

IMO since one side is clamped and the width of the forks can float till the axle pinch bolt is tight, i tighten the axle to spec, then tighten the pinch bolt just snug enough that the axle binds just a little in the clamp. I then stroke the suspension a few times to align the clamping position to the correct width and finish tightening the clamp all the way. it might be over thinking it a bit but I'd rather spend extra time on alignment, than risk wearing out the bushings in the fork and/or fork seals leaking.
 

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IMO since one side is clamped and the width of the forks can float till the axle pinch bolt is tight, i tighten the axle to spec, then tighten the pinch bolt just snug enough that the axle binds just a little in the clamp. I then stroke the suspension a few times to align the clamping position to the correct width and finish tightening the clamp all the way. it might be over thinking it a bit but I'd rather spend extra time on alignment, than risk wearing out the bushings in the fork and/or fork seals leaking.
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WTF happened to your flange (base of the fork) ?

Did you piss someone up and they took it on those flanges ?
All banged up, not at all like mine !


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From the picture that you posted following your link, those black flange at the base of the shock that hold the axel, they are all score and look bang up


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Mostly looks like dirt (salt...?) to me, Phil.
 
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