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fork brace

Postby kybigmac » Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:29 am



I installed a black wing fork brace on my 93GW with 99MT trike kit this week ,its a very nice product that works very well. I posted this mainly to let everybody know that the video makes it look like a 5 minute job ,and in a perfect world it would be. But the instructions tell you to loosen the pinch bolts and axle bolt ,this I had to do plus spread the forks slightly to get it to drop in. So by the time I got every thing taken apart and put back together the 5 minute job was closer to 2 hers ,mainly because I kept trying to do it like the YouTube video! So I said all that to say if it doesn't drop on like the video go ahead and follow the instructions. :D



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Re: fork brace

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:30 am

Some have said that putting it in the freezer for a couple of hours helps.
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Re: fork brace

Postby kybigmac » Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:42 am

The freezer trick is on the instructions, might work for some but it didn't for me.

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Re: fork brace

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:40 pm

I did the loosening of pinch bolts and axle when installing it, and even taking the time to photograph each step, it took me only about half an hour. That said, I've had the front end apart so many times I could probably do it blindfolded.

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Re: fork brace

Postby revtmuller1 » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:02 pm

I also followed the instructions that came with the brace. I put it in the freezer for an hour. I did have to persuade it in place even after taking the axle and pinch bolts loose. Other than that everything went just fine. Am happy with its performance.

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Re: fork brace

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:08 pm

KYBIGMAC,
I assume when you say that you spread the forks, you mean you loosened them by loosening the axle. I installed a SuperBrace on mine a year ago, or so. I love it. But, like you, mine didn't just drop right in. I actually had to pound it in with a rubber mallet, initially. Bad idea. It created what I think is referred to as "sticktion", where the forks were ever so slightly "sprung" outward, but far enough that there was an instantaneously noticeable lack of travel in the fork movement. Made for a really bad ride. I didn't want to adjust my axle in any way, as I have had no alignment issues with the front end, and didn't want to create any. So, I took a Dremel tool to the high spots on the SuperBrace, and ever so lightly created just enough clearance for the brace to drop into place, still tightly, but no force was required. Solved the sticktion issue, and loved the improved slow turning control. Just thought I'd mention it.




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