EXTREMELY stiff front suspension
is it a possibility I put too much oil in? Service manual calls for 146ml +/- 2ml and I filled up roughly that, mainly making sure there's the same amount in both. Should I try draining some oil from the top at this point and see if it makes a difference? Is there a chance I did something wrong and maybe trapped air inside the system? I'm just shooting in the dark at this point. It's almost 6am and I should probably sleep haha. Too poor to take an actual vacation so I've just been spending long nights building my new trail bike.
Thanks for all your help!
edit: might be worth to mention the bike these are from had a bit of an accident falling off a trailer...front end got twisted in the triple trees so I loosened up all the bolts and straightened it out, suspension seemed to be moving around okay after that and before rebuild, tubes did not look bent.. When I was filling the forks up with oil on the bench, the tubes were moving around fairly smooth inside the lowers. Part of me is paranoid maybe the tubes ARE bent.
liferbiker wrote: saw your pics,try removing top caps, wheel, so you can slide them up & down, loosten top clamp bolts so "trees" are free as well. if all feels ok, reassemble leaving loose, put caps on then compress (brake on) a few times they will usually find where they want to be, straighten wheel as necessary, compress a few times, if they fall out of alignment badly, you may have an issue.
Will do, thanks everyone. I AM hoping it's just oil but I am leaving this issue for when the bike is more reassembled. Currently It looks like this and if I start taking the wheel off it'll just tip the whole frame over forward. Gonna get the rear end reassembled, get my spirits up, and then come back to the front end.
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Scootern29 wrote: Here's what I would check first. Loosen the front axle nut or take it off. See if there is any space between the bushing and the inside of the fork mating surface. If there is a gap it's not good. What that would mean is you are pulling the fork tubes in which makes the distance of the lowers shorter than the triple clamps which will make them bind. Use a washer to take up the gap if there is any.
Hey, thanks for the info, I am just confused as to what bushing you are referring to?