07 YZ450F Fork Play

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  • abou_l_simm

Posted May 22, 2009 - 02:29 AM


Hey guys,

A few month ago I crashed my bike off a huge dune...it fell straight down on the front wheel...the immediate thing I noticed is that the front wheel was misaligned and that was fixed by loosening the triple clamp and kicking the front wheel a few times!:doh:

Then when I was checking the bearings a few months later, I removed the front wheel and noticed that when I grabbed the fork stanchions, there was a slight lateral play in them!!!! IS THAT NORMAL!!!


  • nickeenoo

Posted May 22, 2009 - 05:44 PM


How much lateral play and where exactly?

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  • abou_l_simm

Posted May 22, 2009 - 11:48 PM


if you grab the forks by where the wheel axle goes, you can move them back and forth not a lot, maybe around 1/4" total play, they are still pretty new and they go up and down very smoothly.

Just wondering if that fall messed something up. No leaking either around the seals.

  • nickeenoo

Posted May 24, 2009 - 01:03 PM


I'm no expert, but that does not sound right to me. When I've had my forks apart I don't recall any freeplay left to right. Maybe someone else can chime in? Also, you might post this in the suspension forum.


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