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post #1 of 9 Old 10-18-2014, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Mechanic F***ed my forks up!!

Quick question. I have a track day sunday so its bothering me. I had a shop do my fork seals. I get home go to check the rebound clickers] and right leg only has 6 clicks of adjustment!! Fuuuck! And left about 8. Take it back they say they fixed it, i dial in the clickers in the parking lot. But like an idiot I didn't back all the way down or up. Come home again to find At a certain point of turning the rebound clickers all the way in they stop clicking and make 4 full rotations before bottoming out. Are those rotations without clicking still adjusting the valving? And is this going to significantly affect my adjustment range at the track? So pissed right now, of course their closed saturday FML. Thanks to anyone who has some insight!!
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-18-2014, 03:17 PM
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What year is the bike?

Edit: nevermind. I just noticed "gen3".


You can open the forks and try to fix it yourself. On gen 1, I suspect that you may get this kind of problem if you don't set the rebound screw to the proper position before putting the fork cap back on. The fix would be to remove the fork cap, and then put it back on the proper way. I have never had this type of issue before, so this is just a hypothesis.

Go for a ride, try a few turns and if you can comfortably set the rebound damping to "too much" and "too little", then it should be within an acceptable range of adjustment for track.
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Took it back to the shop that following monday and they properly adjusted the set screw so i have equal adjustment clicks and proper amount of them. The track was awesome even with the uncertainty of my adjustments, 155 going into turn 8 at big willow with no complaints from the front end. Never having that shop do anything more than mounting tires from now on, thats for sure. Thanks guys!
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post #4 of 9 Old 10-31-2014, 06:11 AM
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yo have to follow the kawi manual and let that 12-13 mm gap on the rod and before that when i did my forks i counted the clicks and then installed the fork cap in order to get your clicks on the gen3. I had the same issue as you but luckily i have realised it at the time we finished the installation of the fork cap. it was scary at first but ok. we managed to sort it out quick enough
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Tyler, for the sake of the rest of us SoCal locals, which shop did the work? Screw them for being amateurish and half-ass... call 'em out! We have a need to know too!

But glad it worked out anyway. You got more balls than me.. I can take turn 8 at 110ish, and get plenty of thrills to enjoy myself. You hardcore, homey! Ha!
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I really didn't want to because I'm friends with a lot of people there but I need to for the community. I will say they are the absolute best for apparel,parts,etc. Best prices friendly. Service is good but not for people who race or really have specific needs. shot is wheels in motion. Fuckin epic tire prices and gear etc. I highly recommend them for that, bike sales as well JC danny, crystal, jonathan, tony are the shit.
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I really didn't want to because I'm friends with a lot of people there but I need to for the community. I will say they are the absolute best for apparel,parts,etc. Best prices friendly. Service is good but not for people who race or really have specific needs. shot is wheels in motion. Fuckin epic tire prices and gear etc. I highly recommend them for that, bike sales as well JC danny, crystal, jonathan, tony are the shit.
I have a problem with what I highlighted in RED above....not knowing how to put back a set of forks back to Stock level specs is not about racing it's about bad service....shit I didn't even know how to do it when I changed out my fork seals for the first time but did my research and knew going in that step needed to be done with the adjustment nuts no surprise......you would think a shop that does dozens of those a month should know more than me but apparently not.

you don't have to give up your source but please think about it this way if you had a son and sent him to a shop to have Fork service will you send them there?....I think NOT.

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Glad you got them sorted in the end. Still sucks you had to do a track day with them not being proper. Was there no suspension guys out at Willow? Anyway, I'd want to know what shops to avoid even though I do most my own work. Sometimes I'm lazy and have a place do my tires. Even then I'm skeptical. Place here in pueblo colorado called rocky mountain cycle plaza is a place you want to avoid. They stripped out two caliper bolts and snapped off one of my swingarm rearstand mounts when changing my tires. Never again will I have anyone remove wheels from my bike after that. I'll take them off myself and take them in.

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Sounds like the mech. didn't set the gap on the inside where the adjuster and rod meet up. I have never worked on the big piston forks but all forks I have seen have a bit of a gap there. If you get it too loose you can screw the adjuster up trying to set it. You wind up clicking the adjuster too far down before it can bottom out the internal dampening rod, don't ask me how I know this. If the gap is not the same on both forks you might have a different adj range from fork to fork which sounds like what happened.

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