bent front fork on my xr650r

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  • rohin13

Posted September 18, 2005 - 11:17 PM


I bought a 2001 xr650r a couple months ago and just started working on it today to get it running right and while ridding it I noticed the bike wanted to lean to one side and when I applied the front brake it would jerk the wheel to the other side. At first I thought the forks were just twisted but no, I took off the forks and found one of them quite bent. Has anyone seen this before. Anyone have some forks for sale?

  • goblin127

Posted September 19, 2005 - 01:54 AM


You should be able to have them fixed. Ive had them done before.

  • roadcam

Posted September 19, 2005 - 06:32 AM


I've straightened a few fork tubes quite easily, really ... the ones I've done were pretty malleable steel, easy to bend ... first, I roll the tube on a good FLAT workbench, luckily I have a machinist friend that has a huge steel bench that has been machined perfectly flat,.. then just put the tube in a press, pushing it just a slight amount each time, the re-check it until it's straight ...

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  • Eric Henion

Posted September 19, 2005 - 11:04 AM


years ago I worked at a Honda shop ant the guys in the service dept could make them straight in no time. I believe they used a set of v blocks, a dial indicator and a hyd press.

  • rohin13

Posted September 19, 2005 - 11:41 AM


Cool. Thanks for the replies and advice. I guess I'll try to bend it back somehow.

  • wr450fyamaha

Posted September 19, 2005 - 04:25 PM


hehe, i would use a tree.......and a ratchet tie down but a real big one......maybe an engine lifter?

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