fork clunk

Information on forks/springers/shocks
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Re: fork clunk


Post by Hog54 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:23 pm

Its more the roads and not the bike.These front ends were not designed to ride on pot hole filled roads like here in massachusetts.When I ride in new hampshire or even connecticut,I barely ever get any clunk. :shock:

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Re: fork clunk


Post by panhead george » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:57 pm

You are correct as you know Panacea. I will make sure I do my homework before I jump in next time as I do not want to mislead. But I have to admit since I put the '48 together I have not had to work on a old glide fork in many years. I hope the other info I gave was able to be of some help with the issue though.


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Re: fork clunk


Post by Scrap » Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:27 am

Have you considered a clunk repair shop?
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Re: fork clunk


Post by UPSROD » Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:46 am

I guess I wasn't specific enough, I will try again. I only heard clunk going over railroad tracks etc. BEFORE I replaced
the lower retaining rings, never again AFTER.

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Re: fork clunk


Post by Panacea » Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:12 pm

UPSROD wrote:I had a clunk in my 62 FL years ago. I added more oil and changed up to 30 wt. oil. It turned out to be the lower slider tube
retaining ring was coming out after riding it for a wile. I don't know if it was the wrong thickness or what, got two new ones
and that was it. Only noticed it on railroad tracks etc.
I also had an issue with the retainer rings supplied by V-Twin (came with my new dampeners). The rings were just slightly too fat to slip fully into the groove where they hold the dampener into the bottom of the tube. I wound up re-using the old ones which fit well. Just picture the sliders falling off next time you jump the tracks! At least the brake cable might save you...

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