Adjusting preload, etc won't change anything.
Preload will only change if there's a load on forks.
You could take the springs out and the forks should
still expand to the same length.
If you are saying the forks are being "freely suspended" and are extending
to different lengths? Doesn't sound right to me.
The only thing that I can think of is the top caps weren't installed
There's a cartridge internal to the fork that runs bolted to the bottom and the
other end of the cartridge is attached to the top cap via a threaded adjustable rod.
Where it attaches is adjustable. This is also what keeps you forks from coming apart.
If both forks/top caps where adjusted to specs then I can't see how they would be different lengths when stretched apart/freely suspended.
Sounds like the top caps where not installed/adjusted correctly?
Not trying to sound the alarm but if one of the top caps
is barely hanging on it would not be a good thing.
If you really think you can take the 2 forks tubes in hand and
stretch them apart and they come to different lengths, then
yes I would disassemble and double check everything, doesn't
sound right to me.
I might be wrong.....
Maybe one of the suspension guys here can chime in.
Last edited by Bottoms-Up; 09-01-2018 at 08:16 PM.