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Triple tree How can I tell if my triple trip is bent or at least the lower sterring stem. The top plate is out of line a little, as I had an accident and bent the handle bars,but didn't apprear to damage the wheel or forks.

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Hi depends how hard you went down you can try loosening the upper and lower brackets and twist your front end into the straight position and recheck it eyeball it, if you cant get it to look straight and the forks look bent take to a mechanic and have him check it.
Some shops can straighten forks but triple clamps also can be straightened but you will have to look for a motorcycle frame shop for that service.
other than that replacement is the other option

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Evey little bump I hit riding it sounds like its bottoming out in the frount?

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For installation clearance, the hole in the top tree is a little larger than the fork neck stem, so it can slide over it.
If at the high end of the allowable tolerance, some extra play could be present, causing a "click" or a "clunk" going over a bump, or up into a driveway.
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I'm not sure what you mean by spacer but there is no spacer in there. The steering stem of the lower triple tree has the bearing on it. There is a thin dust shield that goes between the bearing and the triple tree. With the races installed in the frame, just slide the steering stem up into the frame and install the top bearing, dust shield, and retainer. Then the upper tree goes on.

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With the fork assembly now out of the triple trees, remove the top cap and pull the spring out. Notice if the spring has a tapered end. Remember which way it came out so you can put it back in the same way. Invert the tube and pour out the oil and let it drain.

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