86 Aspencade front forks

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Maurice Hardman
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86 Aspencade front forks

Post by Maurice Hardman » Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:01 pm

When ridding over bumps my front forks bottoms out [they sound like there is no fluid in them] I need to know how to check the fluid on it . Can someone please help me?

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Re: 86 Aspencade front forks

Post by RoadRogue » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:39 pm

If you dont know the last time the fork oil was changed it is time to do it yourself. Might as well install a set of Progressive Suspension springs. For about $100 you can completely rebuild your forks with much better springs,slider bushings and seals and of course oil.
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Re: 86 Aspencade front forks

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:40 am

With or without oil if the front end bottoms out,it's a mechanical problem,not hydraulic.The oil is used for movement dampening.
Now , not that you don't need repairs,but you may check(with it on the center stand) the air pressure in the forks.I typically run about 5 PSI.If I run no air pressure,with 2 people(390lbs load)a curb or very hard brake will bottom out the front end.

Oil in the forks is needed for wheel traction control.It dampens rebound time(wheel hopping).
It also has a "anti-dive"valve attached to the bottom of the fork.This valve can control the oil flow under hard braking to effectively reduce or restrict oil flow to lock the forks from collapsing to the bottom.

Lastly and obviously,If the springs are broken,worn out,etc,a new set of Progressive springs will help.

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Re: 86 Aspencade front forks

Post by vhram » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:10 pm

I need to do this to mine as well.

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