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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Ice Be Gone, I Have New Forks!

Okay, so not only are we in a current massive ice storm, but the snow and ice from a week ago still hasn't gone away (Usually, in these here parts, snow falls and then it is gone in a day or two). Time to work on the XZ550 Vision. I ordered another pair of forks from eBay not too long ago, time to swap 'em out. The process went without any problems and took maybe 1.5 hours, 2.5 hours after I changed the fork oil on the new forks. While changing the fork oil, I found that the new forks have some sort of spacer at the top of the springs. Did my old forks have these spacers?... Open the old forks, NO SPACERS. What is this? Flip a bunch of pages in the Haynes Manual/Look in the index of the Shop Manual... SPACERS! The exploded view of the forks in both books show spacers. I had changed the fork oil in the old forks twice since I owned the bike, I never realized that the spacers were missing. Could this be the problem I have been looking for creating the head shake in this bike? Oh, why is there ice out there, I need to take this bike for a test ride, I need to know if that front end wobble is still there. In any event, the forks have been swapped out and I patiently await a test ride. I will however, need new Tax and Inspection Stickers. Until they get replaced, I guess I will ride around with a picture of the old forks in my wallet.

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