Any of you have experience bending triple clamps? The last time I had my forks out I had a difficult time getting the clutch side fork in. I had to take out the bolts that clamp down on the forks and spread both the upper and lower clamp to get them into the correct position and it was still really hard. Today I serviced my forks and just remembered how much of a problem I had. I think it took like 45+ minutes with just me doing it. It seems the majority of binding is on the lower clamp (before it even starts going into the top clamp). I knew there was an issue, so I tried installing that fork 1st with the throttle side fork off the bike. I also loosened the steering stem nut. I figure it has to be the fork or the triple clamp and the fork seems to work fine, so I'm leaning towards the clamp being the issue. To get it out, I had to tap it out with a piece of wood and a hammer. I can't remember anything in particular that would have caused this, but I have ran into things that I know were extra stress on the forks.
Any thing to add / thoughts? Anyone makes nice aftermarket (direct bolt on) clamps that won't cost a fortune?