How Do I Raise the Forks on my KDX?

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Well, I put it up on the bike stand, loosened the 4 nuts on each fork, and the forks slid downward. I tried to raise them upward toward the bars, but the best I could do was to get them to the same place they were before I started---they would not go up any higher at all. This is a new bike, so nothing is rusted in place----any suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks.
 

CaptainObvious

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Give 'em a twist while you push them up. Are the tubes hitting the bars?
 
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I'll try giving a twist. They are at least one inch away from hitting the bars, just as it came new from the dealership. They go down very easily, it just seems strange that I am having this much trouble getting them to go up.
 
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#4
I tried the twisting---they rotated easily, but I was unable to get any vertical movement. Is this easier to do when on the stand or off the stand?
 
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#6
Try using a flat edge screw driver to wedge open the triple clamps a little.
Make sure the bolts are backed off far enough for this to be effective.
You might even want to take the bike off the stand to apply more force to help move the forks up in the clamps.
 

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#8
How high above the clamp are you raising the tubes?

I smell headshake.
 
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#9
Will handle being raised about 1/2" without any problems. Had mine that way for a long time. Does make the need for good fork springs readily apparent.
 
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#10
Make sure that that fork boots are loosened and not stuck to the fork leg. If they're still tightened down, the forks would be impossible to move up.
 
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The boots----that was the problem. Soon as I loosened the boot bolts, the forks went up easy as could be. Which made me feel really stupid for not thinking about that before! Thanks everyone for your help.
 
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#12
After a few crashes, it is sometimes difficult to move the forks up or down. When this happen you just have to loose the top tripple clamp nuts and the forks will move easily.


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#15
Well, I could have said "the bolts which secure the clamps which hold the boots in place". How would you have worded it?