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walker70
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Hi,I am ready to get my front forks off and rebuild them,would like to know if worn out bushings can make the forks feel loose on occasion,I have ruled out the steering stem bearings,my bike is pretty stable most of the time except when I hit a rough patch of road or a dip in someone's yard then it feel a bit loose,it doesn't do it all the time.



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Re: front forks

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How many miles? The bushings aren't expensive so if they show any wear you might as well replace them. What about your wheel bearings?

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Agreed while off just replace them while you have them apart. I'm doing a complete rebuild of my forks including new springs. Should make a world of difference. I'm just waiting on parts and can't wait to get her back together. It's been in the 70's here and ugghh I want to ride lol. Best of luck to you.
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The bike has 86000 miles on it,I am sure I will replace the bushings and springs anyway,what I plan on doing is rebuild the forks on my parts bike then put them on the bike I ride and rebuild the others later,I have already replaced the wheel bearings.

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Re: front forks

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How did you rule out the steering head bearings as the problem?

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I put the bike on the center stand and grasped the forks then pulled back and forth plus side to side,felt no play or binding,I know it might still be an issue but there does not seem to any looseness in the bearings.

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Re: front forks

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Being loose is not the only potential problem. While you have the forks off turn the bars slowly from side to side and see if it turns smoothly. With the miles on your bike you will most likely feel some indexing in the straight ahead position. This is what makes your bike wander and harder to ride. If there is even a hint that it doesn't turn perfectly smooth it will pay very large dividends to repair this while you have the forks off. I used an All Balls kit that was about $30 and came with new bearings and seals but if money is an issue there is a cheap alternative. You can take the old bearings out and clean and repack them and then rotate the bearing races 90 degrees to one side. That is not as thorough as replacing the bearings but it will work as new for quite a while and eliminate the indexing.

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Re: front forks

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Goofaroo wrote:Being loose is not the only potential problem. While you have the forks off turn the bars slowly from side to side and see if it turns smoothly. With the miles on your bike you will most likely feel some indexing in the straight ahead position. This is what makes your bike wander and harder to ride. If there is even a hint that it doesn't turn perfectly smooth it will pay very large dividends to repair this while you have the forks off. I used an All Balls kit that was about $30 and came with new bearings and seals but if money is an issue there is a cheap alternative. You can take the old bearings out and clean and repack them and then rotate the bearing races 90 degrees to one side. That is not as thorough as replacing the bearings but it will work as new for quite a while and eliminate the indexing.
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Re: front forks

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Hi,the bike does not wander or index,it seems to track very well but while I have everything apart I may go ahead and replace the steering stem bearings,the main thing with the forks are leaky seals and worn bushings.



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