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Online Timmy_Biker

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Front forks service?
on: 24 Jan 22, 04:15:40
Hi, I have a 2016 bike that done only 7k miles.
Am i right in thinking the front forks will be needing servicing now?
Or at least an oil change?
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Re: Front forks service?
Reply #1 on: 24 Jan 22, 04:46:40
At 7K miles you will only need a visual check on things like seals. The springs and other components will be fine.

However, in this case it's the age that decides. I'd replace the fork oil and check that the steering stem bearings are properly greased and tightened. Also check the fork clamps.

The official way to change fork oil is complex and no doubt expensive and includes fork removal and dismantling. It may be possible to change the oil without fork dismantling, but you will risk contaminents, etc., remaining.

If you were to go for a full dismantling to change the oil, I'd get a price for this and compare that with a front fork upgrade including installation from the likes of Nitron/Wilburs/etc.
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Re: Front forks service?
Reply #2 on: 26 Jan 22, 01:11:28
*Originally Posted by whyhaveone [+]
At 7K miles you will only need a visual check on things like seals. The springs and other components will be fine.

However, in this case it's the age that decides. I'd replace the fork oil and check that the steering stem bearings are properly greased and tightened. Also check the fork clamps.

The official way to change fork oil is complex and no doubt expensive and includes fork removal and dismantling. It may be possible to change the oil without fork dismantling, but you will risk contaminents, etc., remaining.

If you were to go for a full dismantling to change the oil, I'd get a price for this and compare that with a front fork upgrade including installation from the likes of Nitron/Wilburs/etc.

Thanks for the comments Whyhaveone.
Isn't it always the way that a simple scheduled maintenence turns into an exploration of possible upgrades?  :oh_no:
So I do get your logic completely. Its about £140-180 to get someone else to service them (full disassembly and clean). That is just supply only, so i would have to remove and take them to Plymouth (25 miles) and collect them, refit them, which i can do, no problem. But that is a 100mile journey, plus the pennies they will want. All of that is without new parts, which would probably come to £50 or so. Note: i don't begrudge their mark up on parts, just being realistic!  :002:

The upgrade trick cartridges look good, and by all accounts are much better than stock valving.
But theres the rub- they are really expensive and well out of my budget.
I only use the bike for touring, so i cant really justify it. I am lucky that i can use my Z900RS for spirited, faster riding.

I am now thinking that i might as well do the whole thing myself. That way i can strip them right down and clean/inspect to my own satisfaction .However, i have never done this before and i think i will need one or two special tools.
A seal driver for sure, if i am intending to change the dust and oil seals.
I get your point about the head race bearings. No doubt, whilst i am in there i will inspect and re-pack with grease.


If anyone has any advise on servicing forks, gratefully received.

I know that theres a couple of YT vids on it by Wrenchie and Delboy. I may also get the manual to help along the way.
Pyramid seals look like a good supplier and i am sure fleabay can deliver on the seal driver.  :037:
Many thanks again.
 


Last Edit: 26 Jan 22, 01:36:44 by Timmy_Biker

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Re: Front forks service?
Reply #3 on: 26 Jan 22, 04:08:07
You will need a few special tools to de-assemble and re-assemble the forks. Unless you can borrow them it would not be worth your while compaired to getting them serviced - IMO.  :034:



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