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Offline Paul_Nicholson

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Fork brace doesn't fit.
« on: June 16, 2018, 15:13:09 »
Afternoon,

I purchased a Cosmo fork brace from a fellow member a while back, but it doesn't seem to fit. Having read an article about transporting bikes and how overtightening straps can mess around with your fork alignment and that loosening then tightening back up can sort it out. So I'm feeling brave and thinking about giving it a go.

Is it possible to get at the bottom bolts without taking the entire front fairing off? Haynes seems to say remove the lot...

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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2018, 16:50:46 »
Yes it is. I've removed my forks three times to refresh fork oil and replaced a leaking seal & have never removed the front fairing.

Is it just it won't fit on, or it won't tighten? It may help to loosen the front axle to allow a bit of movement of the forks?

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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2018, 18:38:59 »
It won't fit on, it's a couple mm out. How do you get to both bolts without taking the fairing off then, is it just a bit of a fiddle?

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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2018, 20:26:56 »
Small socket wrench will do it. You don't get much space to turn it, however you don't need to turn it too much to slacken it off enough for movement/to remove.

Good luck with it. If you get really stuck, I'm due in Sheffield for work on Monday the 25th so could potentially come and help  :fix:

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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2018, 20:43:14 »
Cheers, I'll not get the chance to try again until next weekend. I'll let you know!

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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2018, 07:16:40 »
Success! Loosened the bolts on the forks and managed to get the brace on. Need an excuse to get out and test it now...

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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2018, 07:57:18 »
Result  :fix:

As for the excuse, just look outside  :sunny:

Enjoy and let us know what you think  :auto-dirtbike:

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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2018, 09:20:57 »
What's the general opinion out there about a fork brace? Theory says it must be better and racers use them, but I haven't ever fitted one aftermarket. Theory also says it will increase the unsprung weight and therefore make your suspension work that little bit harder!  :shrug:

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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2018, 09:30:22 »
The percentage increase in unsprung weight must be negligible.
I fitted a Cosmo brace to a K9 and the difference / improvement was noticeable.
Look at the clock and the calendar.
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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2018, 10:14:48 »
I've got one on my k6 Wee and it handles a lot better.  :thumb:
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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2018, 10:28:35 »
Maybe an upgrade for me then!

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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2018, 12:46:42 »
 :thumb:
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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2018, 13:54:53 »
@Paul glad you got it on you will feel the difference. :fix: :thumb:
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Re: Fork brace doesn't fit.
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2018, 18:12:06 »
I certainly noticed the improvement when I fitted a Cosmo to the Glee.