- Oct 17, 2000
I recently swapped out the stock fork springs for Fredettes #21 springs and rebuilt the forks. What a difference in the whoops. The bike just plows through the heavy stuff. My question is: The manual stated to finger tighten the bolt that goes on the damper rods and then install the cap but I never set any preload anywhere. Did I install the springs with maximum preload? The fork works real well on the heavy stuff or going fast but a couple of times at slow speed on square edged bumps the front end felt like the tire was flat and bottomed against the rim. I looked down twice to see if I had a flat. I used 525 ml of 5wt or whatever the service manual stated. Am I running too much preload? Thanks.