96 CR250 Front forks

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I'm having a problem with the front of a CR250 forks 96 model. When i pull the front brake while in the garage and try to make the forks work they hardly move at all. Whereas on my 00 CR250 they move quite abit. My 00 feels great and doesnt bottom anywhere. The 96 hasnt always been this way. At least I don't think. Is there anybody out there with the right specifications and a possible explination? I know it has the stock springs so thats not a problem there. thanks

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I can't seem to find that post that you have made. Any way I can get you to find it and copy it for me??? thx if ya can.

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Have you had your frt. wheel off recently? Before you do anything loosen the 2 R/S fork axle holder pinch bolts. Then take a small straightblade screwdriver & lightly tap it into the slot between the pinch bolts. If it is bound up here you will see the axle holder "pop" or move and releave the pressure to where its not bound up. Once its centered then carefully remove the screwdriver & tighten the bolts. If your forks still won't move easily then it may be time for new fork bushings.


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Jeremy Wilkey

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FORK INSTALLATION

The correct installation of the front forks is essential to proper suspension operation.

1. Put bike on a stand that will enable front tire to be off the ground.
2. Install forks in triple clamps, ensure that both forks are the same height in the triple clamps (refer to your owners manual for the correct dimension). Also make sure that the bleed screws are towards the front, this will make bleeding the air from your forks easier.
3. Tighten each bolt (in an alternating fashion) in the top clamps to 280 inlbs.
4. Tighten the lower clamp pinch bolts to 220 inlbs. (Over tightening of the lower pinch bolts may result in a mid-stroke harshness condition).
5. Install front wheel assembly (sometimes it helps to pry the brake pads apart a little with a screw driver before bringing the wheel into position).
6. BEFORE tightening any pinch bolts go ahead and fully tighten the axel nut. (If you cannot hold the axel to tighten the nut go ahead and tighten the right side pinch bolts just to hold the axel while you tighten the nut, MAKE sure you loosen the right side axel nut pinch bolts before you proceed any further).
7. Spin the front wheel and abruptly apply front brake, repeat this a few times.
8. Let off of the front brake and tighten the left side (caliper side) pinch bolts to manufacturer recommended torque rating.
9. Again, spin the front wheel and abruptly apply front brake, repeat a few times.
10. Tighten right side pinch bolt to recommended torque value.

This procedure will ensure that the front forks are parallel and that no binding will occur. Ride and Enjoy!!
 

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My apology Readers......

I put that set of instructions together for Jeremy, I listed the wrong torque settings on the upper and lower triple clamps. The procedure with correct torque settings is listed below:
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FORK INSTALLATION

The correct installation of the front forks is essential to proper suspension operation.

1.Put bike on a stand that will enable front tire to be off the ground.

2.Install forks in triple clamps, ensure that both forks are the same height in the triple clamps (refer to your owners manual for the correct dimension). Also make sure that the bleed screws are towards the front, this will make bleeding the air from your forks easier.

3.Tighten each bolt (in an alternating fashion) in the top clamps to 220 inlbs.

4.Tighten the lower clamp pinch bolts to 168 inlbs. (Over tightening of the lower pinch bolts may result in a mid-stroke harshness condition).

5.Install front wheel assembly (sometimes it helps to pry the brake pads apart a little with a screw driver before bringing the wheel into position).

6.BEFORE tightening any pinch bolts go ahead and fully tighten the axel nut. (If you cannot hold the axel to tighten the nut go ahead and tighten the right side pinch bolts just to hold the axel while you tighten the nut, MAKE sure you loosen the right side axel nut pinch bolts before you proceed any further).

7.Spin the front wheel and abruptly apply front brake, repeat this a few times.

8.Let off of the front brake and tighten the left side (caliper side) pinch bolts to manufacturer recommended torque rating.

9.Again, spin the front wheel and abruptly apply front brake, repeat a few times.

10.Tighten right side pinch bolt to recommended torque value.

This procedure will ensure that the front forks are parallel and that no binding will occur.
Ride and Enjoy!!