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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-26-2012, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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I rode Rosie to a work meeting today and when I got out I almost had an accident in the parking lot because with the bars straight she turned left! I pulled over and looked and the front wheel is definitely no longer aligned to the bars. There's no sign of damage beyond that, no scratches or dents, she rides straight and smooth as long as I don't try to straighten the bars while moving. I'm thinking of loosening the fork brace and trying to straighten it back out. Will it work? anyone done this before?

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Its been done and will work as long as nothing is bent. Good luck and good job staying in control.
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make sure to use a torque wrench on all the tripple tree bolts....



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It worked. I loosened the fork brace on both sides, then the brace on top f the triple tree. The tubes wanted to drop down at that point so I pushed them up and tightened the top with the help of a second person. Then I stood in front and he'd the whel with my knees and pushed the handlebars with my hands to straighten it, then tightened the lower brace again. Took it around the block and it feels much straighter now. I think I stripped the fork tube caps though.

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Windshield
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Lubed and Adjusted Clutch Cable, Throttle Cables.
Relocated Voltage Regulator
Brakes Bled
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Legitimate Title!! (finally!) Aug 30, 2010
New AGM Interstate Battery Sept 15, 2012

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It worked. I loosened the fork brace on both sides, then the brace on top f the triple tree. The tubes wanted to drop down at that point so I pushed them up and tightened the top with the help of a second person. Then I stood in front and he'd the whel with my knees and pushed the handlebars with my hands to straighten it, then tightened the lower brace again. Took it around the block and it feels much straighter now. I think I stripped the fork tube caps though.
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make sure to use a torque wrench on all the tripple tree bolts....

no mention of a torque wrench...... ?

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I think I stripped the fork tube caps though.
Thet dint actually strip, but because are slotted plastic, when overtightened, the slots widen and dont go back....easy fix is to slightly coat the bolthead/or schrader valve threads with a little silicone seal, then replace until they just touch...or if you have cement for plastic models, dab some on the threads of the cap, with a lil light oil on the bolt threads...replace, and the glue will mold new threads....



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no mention of a torque wrench...... ?

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I couldn't find torque values for those bolts in my Clymers book so I tightened them by feel to the approximate tightness I found them. If anyone has the values please share and I will set the torque accordingly.

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Windshield
Lubed Splines
Lubed and Adjusted Clutch Cable, Throttle Cables.
Relocated Voltage Regulator
Brakes Bled
Luggage Rack
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Leather Saddle Bags
Legitimate Title!! (finally!) Aug 30, 2010
New AGM Interstate Battery Sept 15, 2012

2008 Hyosung GV250 (sold!)
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Thet dint actually strip, but because are slotted plastic, when overtightened, the slots widen and dont go back....easy fix is to slightly coat the bolthead/or schrader valve threads with a little silicone seal, then replace until they just touch...or if you have cement for plastic models, dab some on the threads of the cap, with a lil light oil on the bolt threads...replace, and the glue will mold new threads....
I used some clear bathtub caulk. I think it's the same stuff I used on the swingarm pivot caps.

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Purchased in June 15, 2010
Windshield
Lubed Splines
Lubed and Adjusted Clutch Cable, Throttle Cables.
Relocated Voltage Regulator
Brakes Bled
Luggage Rack
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Leather Saddle Bags
Legitimate Title!! (finally!) Aug 30, 2010
New AGM Interstate Battery Sept 15, 2012

2008 Hyosung GV250 (sold!)
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...that'll work...I mean, unless ya have air valves, yer rarely gonna remove anyway...

Torque specs are : 14.5 ft/lbs for the top bolts
18 ft/lbs for the lowers
29 ft/lbs on the main center

Diagram and specs are on 13-2 "Steering" , btw...bet you were lookin under forks...




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