Need fork help fast!

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I just dropped in some heavier springs and after reassembling the forks I grabbed the front brake and compressed the forks several times and hear a small clicking sound. Can someone go out to their garage and try the same thing and tell me if they hear something? I have a race in 3 days and don't want to screw up my forks. I took them apart and reassembled them a second time with the same results. Can't eactly pin point which fork or if it is both since I am home alone right now. I don't know if this clicking was happening before the fork spring change so I don't know if it is normal or not. I am not bottoming them out but am giving them a good push. Thanks.
2000 kdx 200
 

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#3
My RM250 did something like that last winter after the forks were revalved. If I compressed the fork, the first 4" were silent, but then it would start making a scratching noise for the remainder of how far I could compress the fork. It turned out, that one spring would sort of kink after being compressed so far. I flopped the spring end for end and the problem went away.

Hope this helps; Good luck with it.
 

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#4
That clicking noise isn't normal. Take your forks apart and make sure the clip is seated into the bottom of the spring properly and try again.
 
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I don't recall any clip for the bottom of the spring. I pulled the old springs out and there was no clip on them. I didn't see anything in the manual about a clip. Could you further enlighten me on this clip? Thanks!
 

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#6
When I removed my springs there was a round clip attached to the bottom of each spring. I'm not sure what it's for, centering maybe. It had three metal tabs which pressed into the spring. I had to bend these tabs to make a snug fit so they didnt come off during installation.
 

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#7
I've heard the click in many kdx and klx forks, I think it's the spring bowing and hitting the side of the fork tube?