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Old 02-01-2008, 10:30 AM
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I just put a pair of Showa forks on my 96 CR250 last night, the forks were given to me (free) by the guy that sold me the bike and he said they were recently (?) rebuilt and set up for a 220Lb rider. After I torqued all the bolts on the triple clamp and the pinch bolts I hopped on the bike and it was like the forks were stuck in place which kinda freaked me out. I was able to get them to move but they were VERY sticky unlike when I tryed them off the bike. It was late so I went to bed and this morning I hopped on the forum here and read that loosening the pinch bolt on the right side and holding the front brake while bouncing my weight on the handlebars/forks should free everything up. Is it really that simple or has this been over-simplified? I won't be able to tinker again til saturday but I figured I'd put my mind at ease knowing I can have the bike ready for sunday.
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:01 PM
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What specs did you torque the pinch bolt to?
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Old 02-01-2008, 05:35 PM
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Default Re: CR250 Front fork binding?

same thing happend to mine hyou just have to loosen the bolt that is holding the wheel(dont know what the thing is actually called) the forks are pinched together caouseing them not to go down or get stuck when they do go down.
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:46 PM
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I hopped on the forum here and read that loosening the pinch bolt on the right side and holding the front brake while bouncing my weight on the handlebars/forks should free everything up. Is it really that simple or has this been over-simplified?
Yes. It's really that simple. It is entirely possible for the pinch bolts to hold the bottom of the forks closer together than the top. They won't compress far if that is the case.
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Old 02-02-2008, 12:39 AM
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I torqued the pinch bolts to 14 ft lbs and torqued the axle nut to 66 ft lbs as specified in the clymer manual. The axle nut is pulling the forks together a bit more than I think it should. I did discover that one fork was about 3mm higher than the other and upon correcting that it seemed to free up a little but it is still sticking pretty good. I'm gonna take it for a short ride tomorrow morning and see how it behaves. Maybe it will work itself out. or not
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Old 02-02-2008, 12:54 AM
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Default Re: CR250 Front fork binding?

It usually doesn't. And if it does, it's at the expense of the slides and glides taking some abuse.

I would suggest also loosening the pinch bolts on the T-clamps as well (just one of them on each side - preferably the top) just to make sure they aren't binding in the triple clamps as well.
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:35 AM
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Default Re: CR250 Front fork binding?

The test ride saturday went well with no binding though I did loosen the right side axle pinch bolts and bounced on the front end one more time before taking it out. I rode yesterday (sunday) for about 3hrs with no issues at all. Overall I'm very happy with the performance of my bike and its suspension. Thanks for all your help. GO GIANTS!
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:37 AM
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does anyone know why my forks on my cr 250 are sinking under the weight of the bike and when u sit on it, unless u put weight over the front the forks dont move at all. i thought it could be the bushes in the forks but my brother had the bike before me and he changed them, and the dude who had it before me changed them aswell, ive just put new seals in, and i thoght it could also of been due to the lack of oil that was in there before but ive changed the oil and its no different. any suggestions please ????
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