"shock savers" while transporting...


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  • Aka.Goose

Posted April 07, 2008 - 06:40 PM

#1

Does anyone use these? (I realize some people just put a 2x4 block cut to fit)
BUT, has anyone even experienced damage or excessive wear to the fork seals or springs and actually blame it on transporting and/or cinching the straps down too tight, as opposed to riding and/or poor maintenance?

  • grayracer513

Posted April 07, 2008 - 06:46 PM

#2

Does anyone use these? (I realize some people just put a 2x4 block cut to fit)

No.

BUT, has anyone even experienced damage or excessive wear to the fork seals or springs and actually blame it on transporting and/or cinching the straps down too tight, as opposed to riding and/or poor maintenance?

Never. The idea is simply silly to me.

  • MichaelRipp

Posted April 07, 2008 - 06:48 PM

#3

i use them and i like the idea! anything to prevent wear sounds like a good idea to me!

  • groundpounder450

Posted April 07, 2008 - 06:52 PM

#4

i use them:thumbsup: .... the only prob ive had was trying to work them and the straps by myself can be a bit much for 2 hands cuz my trailer sits with the tail way low

  • Racer808

Posted April 07, 2008 - 06:57 PM

#5

Its my understanding that you only damage them be leaving them compressed for an extended period of time, or tightening them down so tight as to the shock not having any travel left in them. I make mine tight so it cant bounce loose but not tight enough so that there is no travel left in the shock. My best solution was the enclosed trailer I recently purchased, god that thing is handy as heck! its so nice to change in an enclosure and have a place to rest out of the wind and other elements. Although I am thinking its gonna be really hot inside that thing in the summer, need to put an AC unit on the roof!

  • almostinvincible119

Posted April 07, 2008 - 07:16 PM

#6

i actually use them just because it keeps the bikes from bouncin around in the back of the truck. and when your crammin 2-3 bikes back there, it all makes a difference.

so gray: for the first time in TT history, your actually wrong about SOMETHING!!! lol (just kiddin)

but i dont think that they prevent damage to the fork unless you store your bike in the back of your truck so you can ride around town lookin like a kid.

but then, thats improper maintenance.

  • hillclimbguy

Posted April 07, 2008 - 07:45 PM

#7

I have two of those fork savers. One is shorter than the other. I won them at a raffle. I wished I won something else, like a trash can to through them in.
The tall one is a pain to get in place and the short one, well its a pain also.
I just made a nice one out of a peice of wood and it works the best.

  • GENE426

Posted April 07, 2008 - 07:47 PM

#8

I made mine and I always use it

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  • USED YZ426F

Posted April 08, 2008 - 04:10 AM

#9

I use them whenever trasporting my bikes in the truck. They allow me to cinch everything down without a chance of bouncing, and possibly coming loose.

  • sirthumpalot

Posted April 08, 2008 - 04:37 AM

#10

I use a 2x4. I'm not worried about the seals at all, but when you keep a spring compressed for a long period of time it will start to loose its springiness (for lack of a better term). I don't know how fast fork springs sack out when kept compressed, maybe it's insignificant, but I know for sure I don't have to worry about it. :thumbsup:

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  • Reesknight

Posted April 08, 2008 - 04:53 AM

#11

I used one once. Its the only time I've ever lost a bike off the trailer. Thank goodness I was still in the drive way!

  • sirthumpalot

Posted April 08, 2008 - 05:34 AM

#12

I used one once. Its the only time I've ever lost a bike off the trailer. Thank goodness I was still in the drive way!


I'm not sure how you would blame that on using a block for the front wheel? We travel some roads that has my truck bottoming out and bouncing all over the place and never had my bike come loose.

  • Ga426owner

Posted April 08, 2008 - 06:22 AM

#13

I use Bike Shoes...so no straps to compress forks:thumbsup:

  • almostinvincible119

Posted April 08, 2008 - 07:37 AM

#14

I use Bike Shoes...so no straps to compress forks:thumbsup:


yeh, i use those in the trailer. but it puts alot of stress on your bearings. granted the tire does take alot of the pressure, but the whole bikes weight is put on one front wheel. something is gonna get loose.

  • bleetham

Posted April 08, 2008 - 09:56 AM

#15

I bought one a couple of years ago. Used it twice and then it fell out and was lost (open trailer). I haven't missed it and my suspension is fine. For me it was a waste of money.

  • Reesknight

Posted April 08, 2008 - 10:06 AM

#16

I'm not sure how you would blame that on using a block for the front wheel? We travel some roads that has my truck bottoming out and bouncing all over the place and never had my bike come loose.


I suppose somehow it popped out, I'm not sure. It was a pretty rough driveway. I still have it and have thought about using it, but that made me paranoid since its the only time I've had one come off.

  • erickdj

Posted April 08, 2008 - 10:41 AM

#17

I suppose somehow it popped out, I'm not sure. It was a pretty rough driveway. I still have it and have thought about using it, but that made me paranoid since its the only time I've had one come off.


that's the exact reason I don't use one, I'm afraid it will somehow slip off from the fender/tire and as soon as that happens the tie downs will get loose. I've been transporting my bikes without such devices and haven't had any problems with the forks on any of the bikes.

  • Ga426owner

Posted April 08, 2008 - 11:02 AM

#18

yeh, i use those in the trailer. but it puts alot of stress on your bearings. granted the tire does take alot of the pressure, but the whole bikes weight is put on one front wheel. something is gonna get loose.


you can use the straps to cut all side to side motion....but I have not had any bearing issues using these. I have been using them since 1998.

  • 00YZ426FMRCD

Posted April 08, 2008 - 11:30 AM

#19

I have an open 3-rail trailer and just use a football under the front fender between the forks , then tighten the tie-downs. Seems to keep the bike more stable and reduces having to really crank the tie-downs as much. I would think this has to be a good thing on a long haul. I don't use anything but tie-downs on the smaller kids bikes.

  • William1

Posted April 08, 2008 - 12:19 PM

#20

No.
Never. The idea is simply silly to me.


+2 on this. It is a dirt bike. The suspension moves continually, gets pounded while riding. It has to endure my fat arse on it, constantly compressing it. My bike is tickled pink to be gliding along on a trailer/in a truck bed.

Heaven forbid, my suspension bottoms while riding....





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