Fork brace


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Garacane
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Fork brace

Postby Garacane » Sat May 18, 2013 4:40 pm



Greetings fellow wingers. I have a quick question. I bought a Markland fork brace and when I installed it I suddenly had a low speed front end wobble. When I took it off the wobble went away. Is there a technique to installing the brace correctly so I don't get the wobble?



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Re: Fork brace

Postby themainviking » Sun May 19, 2013 5:45 am

Yes, there is, and there should have been instructions along with the brace that explained how. You need to loosen the axle pinch bolts, and then bounce the front end to get everything unstressed. Then install the fork brace, bounce the front end some more to ensure you have no binding and then tighten the pinch bolts to the exact torque specs for your motorcycle (80-82 call for 25 ft lbs and 83 calls for 16 ft lbs). This is the procedure to eliminate stiction, which is binding of the fork tubes in the legs. It may or it may not eliminate your wobble.
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Re: Fork brace

Postby Garacane » Mon May 20, 2013 7:26 pm

Thank you sir for the advice on installing my fork brace proper. This is why I love this site, because no matter the question somebody out there knows the answer.


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