July 2009 Tip
Basic Front Fork Maintenance
There are a few things you need and can do to keep your forks working properly between services. Air
pressure builds up in your forks and you need to release it. You do this by the pressure release screw on the
top of your forks. With the bike on the stand, unscrew and release the pressure out of each fork, every ride or
race day, this will give you a smoother ride. If it is a hot day you should do this between motos. There are
pressure release valves you can buy, look for the ones that are made out of stainless steel. The
aluminum ones seem to have problems. Next you want to make sure that there isn't any dirt or dried mud on
the fork tubes because it will shove through the seal and cause a leak and prematurely ware the bushings out.
When you are maintaining your bike during the week it is recommended that you grease your fork seals and
bushings, this is done by removing the dust seals and sliding them down the tube wipe out any dirt from the
seals and rub SF3 grease around the tube close to the fork seals then push the forks up and down and the
grease will spread to the seals and bushings. Replace the scraper seal and wipe any excess grease from
the tubes. Inspect your inner tubes for little nicks if you find one you need to remove it or it will cut your fork
seal and cause a leak. You remove it with 600 wet and dry sand paper. When sanding the nick out sand
around the tube not up and down it. These tips will help the life of your forks.