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post #1 of 8 Old 01-17-2009, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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How do I raise my forks up?

A while back it was recommended that I raise my front forks up since I messed with the rear. How do I do this? I saw the threads saying to raise them only 10mm but I don't know what bolt to loosen.

Its an '07 919.
I'm not supposed to mess with the little H---S screw slot on the very top right???

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Technically you are lowering the triple trees until the tops of the fork legs are, in your case, 10mm higher than the top of the upper triple tree.

Best way to do it is on a center stand, or front stand that lifts from the center steering nut hole. Loosen the pinch bolts on the fork legs while having something under the front tire to keep it from dropping. Have a friend help you out. Once the pinch bolts are loose, raise each leg until it is 10mm higher than the top of the tree. Use as precise of a measurement tool that you can find. Uneven fork legs can lead to erratic steering and unsafe riding. Consult your manual for proper torque values when re-tightening your pinch bolts and take it easy on your first few rides. Raising 10mm at the top makes one helluva difference on your rake and turn-in characteristics will be sharper.

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measure 5 times before tightning it back up ... and then take it SLOWLY on the test ride..



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Thanks! So.....what are these pinch bolts ? Is it the blue colored part I will be turning, on the top of my forks? Please excuse my lack of knowledge in this subject area.

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Thanks! So.....what are these pinch bolts ? Is it the blue colored part I will be turning, on the top of my forks? Please excuse my lack of knowledge in this subject area.
no... if you look at the triple tree... (the clamps that hold the fork tubes) you will see there is a bolt running thru them..there is one on each side







the bolt squeezes the clamp around the tubes..

loosen those bolts both on the upper and the lower triple tree then you can slide the tubes up in the clamps

the blue screw with the little silver screw in the middle are the compression and dampning adjustments.



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You don't need a stand to do this.
Just do one side at a time.
The other fork leg will keep it from falling down.
Loosen the top clamp bolt first, then the bottom. hold the fork tube firmly & twist a little as it moves up,Once there, snug the top bolt.
Finish the first one before moving on to the second.


The screw in the blue cap is for rebound adjustment only.
Your forks do not have compression adjustment.

The larger piece with the lines that the rebound screw is in, is your pre-load adjuster for your spring.

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You don't need a stand to do this.
Just do one side at a time.
The other fork leg will keep it from falling down.
Loosen the top clamp bolt first, then the bottom. hold the fork tube firmly & twist a little as it moves up,Once there, snug the top bolt.
Finish the first one before moving on to the second.


The screw in the blue cap is for rebound adjustment only.
Your forks do not have compression adjustment.


The larger piece with the lines that the rebound screw is in, is your pre-load adjuster for your spring.
Nice explination. Always took it for granted people knew how to bump the forks. I will revise my text on this How-To.


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Great info, thank yo so much gentlemen for sharing you expertise with me. I am forever gratefull

...maybe those wonderful pics brian took can be put in the how-to, as well as xrmikeys instructions and explanation of the various adjustments and what they each do also...

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