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post #1 of 24 Old 09-11-2009, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Fork brace Q...

I already asked Mark about this, but I thought I'd get as much advice as possible. I'm going to be putting the superbrace on this weekend. I don't have a lift, but it says you can do it on the side stand. I don't have a torque wrench, but plan to snug and loctite it and the pinch bolts (I've tightened down the pinch bolts sans torque wrench before).

Anyone have any concerns about the lack of torque wrench or any advice about the process in general? (seems pretty damn simple, but those are always the projects which make me most nervous).




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Easy peasy !!! I have a SuperBrace on mine that I had to PAY for...ahem ;-D. Probably a fine point but I would have someone hold the bike vertical for the final tightening just to be sure you don't have the forks slightly twisted being on the sidestand. I did not use a torque wrench, just a drop of blue and hand tighten.

BTW, you WILL notice an improvement in handling. You're gonna like it!!!!

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Cool, thanks flash. I was gonna ask the Mrs. to hold it upright. It's cool that there is weight on the front tire/fork?

What's got me confused is I've been obsessively reading about install and for some bikes it says it HAS to be on a lift. Then the KLR instructions say it doesn't. I don't get it.

I know I'm going to feel like an idiot when I see how easy this is...but it's really frustrating to screw up on something easy. Ahem...stripped oil drain...sorry, got something in my throat.

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To be honest with you I'm not entirely sure why you even have to loosen the axle pinch bolts in the first place. Seems that with the pinch bolts loosened, the brace when tightend could turn the lower fork tubes slightly and then when you re-tighten the pinch bolts it would be in a bind. Confused yet? I'm doing my best, just having an OCD moment.

But I did follow those same instructions and all is well.

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Perfect.




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Sorry Dan... The perfect picture WILL NEVER go away...
Unless there is a ransome to be paid...

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Thanks flash. I'm stoked...thanks for the testimonial. (I have OCD, too. Which is why I didn't just duct tape the damn thing on there and be done with it.)

Oh well, an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure or some shit, right?

Plan is, install today, watch the rain, ride tomm. Report sometime next week.

PS - I hear the free superbraces work even better.




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[QUOTE=

PS - I hear the free superbraces work even better. [/QUOTE]

Right, best side to it is we will get a completely unbiased report from you. I think we give a better than average opinion of things we spend money on, maybe a justification thing.

I liked the SuperBrace over the others because of the two piece design. Fewer parts = fewer things to go wrong. And it looks good to boot!
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I'll give the best report I can. This is my first fork brace. So, it's kind of like asking a blind man whether David is a more masterful work the Mona Lisa, but we'll see.

Actually, I guess the blind man could judge a three dimensional object more accurately, but you get my drift....




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Originally Posted by Mark B (4) View Post
Sorry Dan... The perfect picture WILL NEVER go away...
Unless there is a ransome to be paid...
OK Mark, there must be more to this story 'cuz I seen the photo before you pulled it. Looked like LJ had his nuts in hand (so to speak). What ransom was paid? Inquiring minds want to know.

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