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post #1 of 15 Old 07-18-2011, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Nervous with my new tool tube (Need help)

I installed my tool tube last Friday evening with the idea of testing it out on Sundays ride. After looking at it for a while I started to feel a little uneasy with the distance between it and the front tire. I couldn't safely compress the forks all the way to insure there was no chance of collision. I didn't want to learn the hard way that I made a mistake in the size of the tube so I removed it.

I built it with 4 inch ABS, (approximately 4 1/2" OD). Anyone else running this size tube on their bike, and at this location (Pictures below)?
Any Ideas on how I can safely test the clearance?

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-18-2011, 12:14 PM
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a) Find a Very Large Person and have them compress the forks.

b) Lift the bike so that the forks are completely uncompressed. Remove the fork caps. Lower the bike until the forks are completely compressed.

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Your setup is exactly the same as mine, including the caps. I used the 4" ABS and mine is mounted in what appears to be the same location. For what it's worth, I've never had my tire hit it.

I think the "a" method as proposed by Tom Schmitz would be the quickest and easiest way to make sure.



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You will not need to worry about this……. However just for piece of mind this is what you want to do….

Sit on the bike with all of your fat over the front tire….. Have a friend attach a ratchet strap to the left side of the handle bar, run the strap down around the rim and back up to the right side of the handle bar. Get off the bike and use the ratchet to compress the front shock as far up as you would like to.
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I crashed @ 65mph w/ same tube,mounted in same place.FWIW:tool tube remained intake and from what I could tell never made contact with front tire.....

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I have a big tool tube and never hit it, but I did have one on for a few minutes that was smaller than the one I have now and the first time I hit the brakes it bottomed out.

I think it really depends on the exact location.

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Thanks for the advice fellas.

I'll throw it back on this week or weekend and test it. I think I'll use Toms option B. Lift the bike so that the forks are completely uncompressed. Remove the fork caps. Lower the bike until the forks are completely compressed.. I'll check my Klymer manual for more details.
I'll try to finish off this thread with a few pics of the test for posterity.
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SD Charlie -

It's been a while since I popped the caps off of a stock fork but, if memory serves, if you have the forks fully extended there will be very little pressure on the caps when they come off. They may have a pound or two of spring pressure on them. Good idea to cover the caps with a rag as you hand-turn the caps the last couple of threads. There may be some drippage. As you hand-turn the caps on the last few threads, press down on them to control the pop.

As you lower the bike, of course, the springs/spacers will rise out of the tubes and there will be drippage. Your call as to whether or not you want to pull the springs out before lowering the bike. I think I would.

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It's been a while since I popped the caps off of a stock fork but, if memory serves, if you have the forks fully extended there will be very little pressure on the caps when they come off. They may have a pound or two of spring pressure on them. Good idea to cover the caps with a rag as you hand-turn the caps the last couple of threads. There may be some drippage. As you hand-turn the caps on the last few threads, press down on them to control the pop.

As you lower the bike, of course, the springs/spacers will rise out of the tubes and there will be drippage. Your call as to whether or not you want to pull the springs out before lowering the bike. I think I would.

T
Thanks for the info Tom. This is what I was gonna look for in the manual. Do you think that I'd need to replace some of the fluid? Hmmmm, not sure If I want to make a mess. Thinking, thinking,....
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Does HomeDepot/Lowes sell the Red colored endcaps that was used for the tool tube posted here?
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