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rohin13

bent front fork on my xr650r

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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?

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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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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.

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