Join Date: Nov 2016
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Front end rebuild question
Rebuilding front forks - got the new stanchions today and installed them. There seems to be a problem - they don't depress into the slide tube (lower part of the forks) all the way. I've taken them apart and reassembled exactly as shown in the service manual (off the bike, so there is no binding with the axle or fork bridge - each of them, separately do not go down - they seem to bottom out on something. I know there are spacers and a bushing in each of the slider tubes - certainly those shouldn't be a problem, should they? I'm at a loss. Yes, I've removed the bleeder screw so it wasn't air pressure keeping them from compressing, and yes, I've re-built front suspensions before on other bikes. Technically - those should be more difficult (and were - though hardly "difficult"), as there are no springs or valves in the forks of the '16 R1200GS LC Adventure.
Any ideas? I'm scratching my head.
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