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forks travel.

Hi guys.

Having just replaced the fork seals on my 99rrv.
I have followed the Haynes manual to the letter.
Put the correct type of oil and the amount they specified.

I have noticed in this week of glorious riding conditions that there is a lot of travel on my forks.
I looked to see how to check the level but I can't find how.

Can anyone shed some light on this for me please.

Jim.
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Hi guys.

Having just replaced the fork seals on my 99rrv.
I have followed the Haynes manual to the letter.
Put the correct type of oil and the amount they specified.

I have noticed in this week of glorious riding conditions that there is a lot of travel on my forks.
I looked to see how to check the level but I can't find how.

Can anyone shed some light on this for me please.

Jim.

By "amount" do you mean volume or height?
To measure your travel put a cable tie on one fork leg and do some hard braking to see how far it moves.

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Re: forks travel.

You can't check the level with the forks installed on your bike. The oil level is measured before you install the spring. You bleed any air from the fork then allow the fork to sit for 5 minutes with the fork fully compressed. Then measure from the top of the fork tube to the fork fluid to get the air gap measurement. Then you add or remove fluid to get the correct level.

Did you just add the recommended amount of fluid and not check the measurement before putting your forks back on your bike?

Check out post #12 in my fork rebuild thread below for more details.

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Re: forks travel.

@ bladeracer. I have used the cable ties and i have measured 80mm of travel on both forks.
@ backdoc. Thanks for the info . My bike is a 97 rrv with standard forks not USD's. I have searched the haynes manual for measurement from top of fork tube to fluid but cannot find it.
I cleaned and installed new seals then filled with the required amount of fluid as per the manual.
Pumped the forks and let it settle.
Bit confused now.
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@ bladeracer. I have used the cable ties and i have measured 80mm of travel on both forks.
@ backdoc. Thanks for the info . My bike is a 97 rrv with standard forks not USD's. I have searched the haynes manual for measurement from top of fork tube to fluid but cannot find it.
I cleaned and installed new seals then filled with the required amount of fluid as per the manual.
Pumped the forks and let it settle.
Bit confused now.

Half an inch under the fork oil volume in the Haynes is the oil level - 114mm +/-4mm.

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Re: forks travel.

Lol. I just found it as I got your reply.
What a noob lol.
I have been staring at the manual for hours. Just didn't register.
Thanks.

I'm gonna recheck it all now.
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Lol. I just found it as I got your reply.
What a noob lol.
I have been staring at the manual for hours. Just didn't register.
Thanks.

I'm gonna recheck it all now.

You need to remove the springs to measure the oil level.

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Re: forks travel.

Hey Donkeytrousers,

I have a 96 RRT and had the complete K Tech fork internals fitted (rebound valves and flow valves) and K Tech springs. Personally I think they're great forks now.

K Tech don't list the early blades for a complete kit but they do now make them as they were made especially for my bike.

Depending what you are trying to achieve that might be a way to go. Pics of my bike are in the show us your early blades thread
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