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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:40 am 
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Hi All,

Had these forks for about 5/6 years, but i stopped using them a couple of year back due to one of the blue anodised adjusters "popping off" on a ride never to be seen again.

I had the forks in a local bike shop who told me they wanted £100 to repair them. I naturally walked away - the forks only cost me £120 off ebay!

My question is: What IS actually wrong with them? They seem to still work as smooth as ever and i cant see any oil leaks etc. Are they useable in this state or is it terminal?

Finally, could i repair them myself (pretty handy with a spanner).

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Thanks for reading, any help much appreciated!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:53 pm 
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looks like the preload adjuster has wound into the fork. Shouldn't be a hard fix. The manuals are online somewhere and you can buy the seals on ebay and oil from a local motorbike factor.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:41 am 
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Thanks for that ill have a look for the manuals online,

I was under the impression that the blue anodised adjuster also acts as a sort of clip, and holds the pre-load adjuster up?

Not sure, might just get hold of some manuals and take them apart and investigate!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:05 am 
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Had a quick look at mine this morning. It should be held up with a circlip on the top there. The blue adjuster goes on afterwards


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:37 am 
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Ah yes, i've just been looking at a manual for Z1's like mine and they do indeed have a small circlip holding the rod up.

Technically then, if i can manage to get the rod out of the leg and secure it with the correct circlip, ill be able to use the forks? If needs be a could adjust the preload with a pair of pliers or similar (assuming i cant get hold of another adjuster)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:50 pm 
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Yeah pretty much. I managed to pick up a new adjuster for mine for a couple of quid on here


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:20 pm 
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onza100 wrote:
Yeah pretty much. I managed to pick up a new adjuster for mine for a couple of quid on here


Excellent! Thanks for all your help.

Just need to find a right-size circlip now and i'm away!!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:44 am 
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Joe_Rides wrote:
Technically then, if i can manage to get the rod out of the leg and secure it with the correct circlip, ill be able to use the forks? If needs be a could adjust the preload with a pair of pliers or similar (assuming i cant get hold of another adjuster)


Yes, its just lost the E clip from the top and not returned on rebound. You may need to take the top cap off to wind the preload to minimum prior to reinstalling.

Rather than using pliers a small adjustable spanner is much better for adjusting the preload as it won't damage the flat sides like a pair of pliers do.


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