Com­pre­hen­sively forked

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - WORKSHOP CMM -

I had low hopes for the forks my bike came with. Not only had they been hor­ri­bly dis­fig­ured with pur­ple pow­der coat­ing, the chrome stan­chions were thor­oughly pit­ted, and the top ad­justers all chewed up. But the closer I looked, the worse it got. The com­pres­sion damp­ing ad­juster screws in the lower legs had sim­ply been pow­der coated over – classy. I started strip­ping the forks with a heavy heart, com­pounded by the gloopy, green, sludgy oil that came out. The seal cir­clips were rusted in place. And the slider bushes were all scored and worn. I bravely tried to free off the com­pres­sion damp­ing ad­juster screws, but to no avail. I went to ask my mate Dan at DMP mo­tor­cy­cles for some ad­vice. He pre­scribed plenty of heat, and he fi­nally got one screw to move. But the other wouldn’t budge. A bit of re­search on­line re­vealed that th­ese ad­justers of­ten seize in place, even with­out be­ing pow­der-coated over. And since they come from the fac­tory as one part with the lower fork leg, there’s no way to re­pair them. So, I need to re­place the chromed stan­chions, seals, bushes, and fork low­ers. Ev­ery­thing re­ally: time to find some bet­ter fork­ing op­tions…

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