Springer front end

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Springer front end


Post by kickme » Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:07 pm

Took apart my springer front end and discovered it was bent. Anyone tried repairing a bent springer?

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Re: Springer front end


Post by Ohio-Rider » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:40 pm

If it's not bent to bad it can be made useable again using a small press. In the old days guys beat these springer up pretty good an just tweaked them back in shape with what ever was handy.

I needed to tweak mine a few years ago and the only down side was that it now has a small but noticable wiggle around 65mph that didn't happen before until around 70mph. When in doubt, hire a pro who does it for a living. I can't always afford the pro's. :) -Steve

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Re: Springer front end


Post by Cotten » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:32 pm


Yes I have straightened my share, and some were extreme.
They are a lot easier than Indians.

Stay away from heat and hydraulics.

You may find this FHP thread interesting:
http://www.flatheadpower.com/tech/viewt ... =6&t=11098

The forks have amazing memory, where they want to return to straight, but heat destroys it.

Hydraulic presses should be used to immobilize only.
Simple screw presses made from "all-thread", nuts and washers can be used to compress or splay forks at the ends.
Cheap auto scissors jacks can apply pressure safely and accurately, as well as turnbuckles or even tie-straps.
The crudest tools, such as wood blocks, are often the best.


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