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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-22-2005, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Awful News From the Mechanic...

Well it turns out that the fork seals are indeed blown. However, it also turns out that the forks are bent, and the tripletree is twisted. Its nothing major, but I know if it isint straight, im going to have problems over 50 MPH. I am so frustrated with this whole bike deal, but Im also definitely learning a lesson with this. I have decided to go ahead and keep it, fix it up to ride and pass inspection rather than to part it out and try all over again. The mechanic suggested this as well and due to the fact he is a friend of our business (used to be our old mechanic at work), and he will not charge me a lot of $$$, I trust his opinon. He is going to take apart the whole front end and check everything. If its under a certian amount of money to fix, Ill go ahead with the repairs. If not, im parting it out or selling it as is. Chances are its not going to be too expensive with him fixing it the right way. On the plus side, the motor is great and there are no leaks. Also there was a bubble in the front brake line, rather than the master cylinder being fried which is what was origianlly thought. This previous owner really must have trashed this bike. . Im glad im finding this stuff out now than finding out the hard way on the road. It sounds like the Ninja will not be ready for anohter few weeks. I guess Ill just have to take my MSF course and wait for the bike to be done. My goal was to get the bike ready to go by my birthday (which is this upcoming monday), but it doesnt look like thats going to happen . Im going to have to sit around and hope its not too expensive. Ulcer City, here I come!!!
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Are you talking about the yellow Kaw w/ the busted case or is that someone else?
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Just get some new forks and a new triple and you'll be good to go. That is unless your steering head on the frame is bent then you're screwed!




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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-22-2005, 03:16 PM
 
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ebay forks go cheap for the whole thing including triples
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Are you talking about the yellow Kaw w/ the busted case or is that someone else?

Yea, thats me...


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Just get some new forks and a new triple and you'll be good to go. That is unless your steering head on the frame is bent then you're screwed!
Fortunately, this guy has some good connections in town and apparently a good ebay hunter. He is going to take care of me hopefully...

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ebay forks go cheap for the whole thing including triples
Oh im gonna check e bay up for the whole front end. Im just tired of finding problem after problem. However, its a USED bike and I knew what I was getting myself into. BTW what is good price for forks and triples?
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what year was the bike agian. i remember when i was looking at front forks casue i needed and inner tube. they wehre going dirt cheap compared to what kawi charges. i think and outer is like 500 and an inner is like 300-400 so it gets real expensive, but ebay had whole sets on all the time.

this is what i woudl do http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...spagename=WDVW

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what year was the bike agian. i remember when i was looking at front forks casue i needed and inner tube. they wehre going dirt cheap compared to what kawi charges. i think and outer is like 500 and an inner is like 300-400 so it gets real expensive, but ebay had whole sets on all the time.

this is what i woudl do http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...spagename=WDVW

its a 2001 zx6r. Those sure do look like the same forks on my bike. I need to wait and see what the mechanic has to say. He told me he'd give me a call monday with the numbers. Ill have to look into things. Thanks for all the support and advice!
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When I bought my FZR400, it had been wadded up at Daytona. The front fork was bent really bad. Like maybe a 20 degree bend. We straightened it with a bearing press in about 10 minutes. Every time I put the bike back together, We had to wrestle the front end before I tightened the front axle.

It was stable at top end. Of course, according to calculations a mere 140. And yes it was a fast bike, even wacked, I took a lot of podiums with it.
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Maybe I missed something over the past few days, but I would have had the bike inspected BEFORE purchasing it. Just my , although it's a little late for that now.
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Maybe I missed something over the past few days, but I would have had the bike inspected BEFORE purchasing it. Just my , although it's a little late for that now.

I agree Captian. This would fall under the
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its a USED bike and I knew what I was getting myself into
in my thread. Yea the bike should have been professionally inspected or at least by someone who knows what he/she is doing. I let the anxiousness get the best of me I suppose. My buddy is looking for a used bike (an r6 i believe) also and Im telling him to learn from my mistakes. I told him I'd help him out as best I can now that I know what to look or look out for. I encourage everyone who is looking for a bike to learn from my mistakes and take the advice of your peers. Get it inspected if you can. You can eyeball a slightly bent (couple of mm) fork or internals etc.
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Why don't you just replace the forks and triples yourself? They're so easy to do...you just need a little time.

After stripping off the fairings and supporting the front end, I could get my front wheel, calipers, fender, forks, triples and clip ons off in about 30 minutes. If that even (I didn't want to rush it).

Just a thought to save you some money. Plus, you can get intimate with your bike. It's a really good way to get to know it by pulling it apart and putting it back together. I did that with mine, and the labor was free!! And I am all self-taught. Just armed with a shop manual and some tools...and determination to boot!

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