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Can you test a fork tube for bends?
« on: June 26, 2017, 11:53:22 AM »

I was rear ended last weekend and the day after the bike went for a slide I had a puddle of fork oil under it. So I am worried the fork may have been bent in the wreck. Do you ha e a way of testing that if I have you replace the seals also? Or is it just slide it in and out feeling for any kind of bind?
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Re: Can you test a fork tube for bends?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2017, 12:22:45 PM »

Just roll it on a mirror or piece of glass.
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Re: Can you test a fork tube for bends?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2017, 04:37:22 PM »

Kinda like smart said, except instead of a mirror or glass, Jim uses v-blocks and a dial indicator. And speaking from experience, Jim can hook you up!
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Re: Can you test a fork tube for bends?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2017, 04:49:08 PM »

Thank you. I have been waiting my whole life to be smart.
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Re: Can you test a fork tube for bends?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2017, 07:58:20 PM »

Yeah go see Jim this ain't a pool cue in your rents basement


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Re: Can you test a fork tube for bends?
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2017, 09:07:05 PM »

I tried to go see him today. Guy at the counter said he tested it by feeling for tight spots pulling it in and out and kinda shoooed me away. So thought I'd see if that was the case or if he did it a different way. He has done them before for me but it was just a leak. Not from a hit.
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Re: Can you test a fork tube for bends?
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2017, 05:18:08 AM »

In order for him to truly check the fork he has to have it disassembled. Check the lower leg then the upper separately. If your having Jim replace the seal then he will have it torn down, and from their he can truely check it as long as you ask him to. but if you just bring him a fork with out intention of tearing it down, the twist and compress method is about all you can do.
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Re: Can you test a fork tube for bends?
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2017, 01:10:53 PM »

I stopped by again to price some things and get an oil filter. Jim cleared it up for me. He does like Shoaf said with the blocks. Thanks all.
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Re: Can you test a fork tube for bends?
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2017, 05:37:36 AM »

Thanks guys for all the responses, been really busy here at work
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