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I am restoring an old cannodale with a ridged lefty fork and the bolt holding the wheel and securing the it to the fork seems to be incorrect., >>>>What is the bolt size and length holding Wheel<<<<<

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The handle bar fails to control the front wheel and we have to adjust the bar every time with resct to the front wheel as it keeps twisting.

Hi Shreyasee:
This does not sound safe!
You don't give a make and model so I can only offer some suggestions that I hope will help.
The part that is attached to the frame that has the handlebars on top and the fork tubes on the sides is called the tripletree.
I'm guessing that the clamps are not hold ing the forks securely. If you straddle the front wheel, can you turn the handlebars from side to side so that the wheel is not pionting the same way as the handlebars? If so, that's where the problem is. Adjust it so it is pointing the right way, and then tighten the clamp bolts so that the forks are secure.
The same thing for the handlebars, only for up and down position.
Let us know how you make out.

Apr 29, 2015 | Motorcycles

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I have a 1974 Yamaha 650 XS that has been sitting for about 20 yrs. I am trying to separate the front fork tubes without damaging them so I can have them restored but I am having an issue getting them...

Assuming you have slackened off the fork top nut before removing the fork from the bike,and you have removed the screw in the fork lower, this secures the damper into the fork, next you will have removed the dust cover and seal retaining clip from the top of the leg, undo the fork top nut completly and remove the spring noteing which end of the spring is at the top, for replacment purposes.
Next fasten the lower of the fork into a vice on the flat ( not tubular surface of the fork leg) push the stancion all the way down to the bottom of the leg, then pull up sharply, repeating this in/out action to hammer out the seal from the leg until the seal/ bushes/ and washer have come out, this mat take some quick action movments to remove or separate the leg, forks which have not been appart in some time may need some heat on the fork seal. ARea of the lower leg

Sep 06, 2011 | 1974 Yamaha XS 650 A

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Shipping a bike. dismantling instructions; front fork in particular

Since there are a lot of varieties of the Lefty go here and search the list for "LEFTY".

Or you might just get away with deflating the pressure preload and collapsing the fork.

Jul 02, 2011 | Cannondale Lefty Alloy Dlr Mountain Bike...

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My BMW R 1100RT pulls to the left. This means constant pressure on my left hand. To remove hands from the handlebars and go in a straight line I have to transfer my weight to the left side. The alignment...

Check the bolts that hold your forks in place, if they are tight, loosen the middle bolts that hold the forks and give the front wheel a good nudge against a brick wall, this is the old fashioned way of aligning your front forks, it does work but make sure those bolts are loose

Jun 09, 2011 | 1998 BMW R 1100 R

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Will the cannondale xc3 mtb stem fit on my lefty headshock? And how do I do it?

the XC3 stem comes in a 1.5 in clamp designed to fit on cannondale headshox systems. The lefty fork you have may or may not be compatible, you would have to check your fork to see if it is the right size.

There is an XC3 SL conversion kit for lefty forks that are not the same size and includes the stem and steerer replacement.

Swapping stems is quite easy on the cannondale. Loosen the two bolts holding the stem to the steerer and undo the bolts holding the handlebars, remove stem and replace.

If none of this makes sense then I would strongly urge you too take the bike into your local bike shop, preferrably a cannondale dealer, and have them show you. It will take only a couple minutes and they can confirm compatibility.

Jan 06, 2011 | Cycling

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Fork seals gone on honda nsr 125

280 ml on the older models, and 320ml on the newer models.
1. you need to elevate the bike with a jack or something so the front wheel is off the ground.
2. undo the Allen bolt on the side of the fork, then proceed to take the main wheel socket bolt/bar out, so the the wheel comes off, the speedo drive will come off leave that hanging around lol.
3. take of the socket bolts attaching the brake caliper to the fork, dont leave it hanging secure it somewhere, so you dont damage the brake cable tube.
4.take handle bars off, one allen bolt on each one.
5. then unscrew the the 2 socket bolts that hold the folks on, if you follow the folks down you will see 2 socket bolts take them out. do the same on other folk.
6.then pull one folk at a time down, maybe tap it if its hard. and you will have the folk out in your hands.
7.unscrew the big socket bolt at the top of the folk out, but apply pressure, sometimes the bolt will fly off, so be careful.
8. take the big long plastic tube out along with the spring, and tip the folk upside down and pump it to get most of the oil out.
9.then go to the bottom of the folk and undo the allen bolt, when its moving around freely and not coming out put the spring in and push down and twist the allen bolt should come straight out.
10.pump it a few times and then you take the folk tube out completely and give everything a clean, it will be stiff when you get it near the top so get momentum and yank hard and it will pop out.
11. then the bottom pit of the folk that the tube goes into, if you look into it you will see the oil seal, take the cur-clip out and it should come out pretty easily.
12 give the folk tubes a rub down with fine sandpaper say 1000 grain or 800 grain, to get rid of little bumps, look carefully feel it with your hand, to see if theres any pitting, you will be able to see it, thats not good but make sure its not on the part of the tube which goes up and down the oil seal when compressed down.
13.put folk tube back in the bottom of the folk, then put spring in puch down tighten allen bolt.
14.put new oil seal on and push it down its best to use a oil seal hammer tool thingy, but if your careful you can tap it down with a hammer and something small and flat at the bottom, i used a bolt, worked well.
careful dont damage the oil seal.
15. put cur -clip back in, it should click, make sure its on the closest ridge to the oil seal.
16. put 280 ml, of oil or if you have a newer model 320ml, of fork oil in the tube, pump it a few times to get air out and oil to the bottom chamber.
17. put the spring back in and the long plastic tube, and put the top bolt on for now not to lose not to tight.
18. attach the folk to the bike again and same with the other one, make sure you align the little ridge on the top of the folk, with the top of the steering bar, the top steering the bar the folk go into last. its late lol getting confused lol. oh and when y0ou align make sure you tighten the bolts holding the folk in place.
19.then put the steering grips/bars back on and then tighten the top bolt tight cant remember the torque setting. then you know everythign from there. phew

May 06, 2010 | 2000 Honda NSR 125

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How to dismantle lefty


The Cannondale Lefty fork can only be disassembled with speciality tools. You can read illustrated instructions here:

Please check that your Lefty fork is identical to the one described, as the process and tools are different for the various Lefty editions.

As a warning, dismantling the fork could lead to serious injury if you don't know what you are doing. Please read through and understand all instructions before deciding whether to do it or not. Good luck.

Apr 04, 2010 | Cannondale Road Mountain Bike Bicycle U...

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Just looking for an easy step by step explanation on how to remove front forks on 2007 suzuki gsxr 750

Make sure bike is upright, fully supported and weight of the front wheel, you will need say 50CM min clearance below to remove forks. Remove calipers from discs (two bolts attaching to each fork), remove front wheel (two bolts on bottom of each fork then wheel spindle), remove fender/mudguard (possibly four bolts), Undo the bolts that hold the forks into the lower yoke/triple clamp, undo the upper yoke/triple clamp bolt to remove fork (one side at a time) refitting is reverse of removal, enjoy.

Mar 12, 2010 | 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 750

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Can you straighten torqued front forks on a 2002 Yamaha TTR 125 L

you should be able to saporrt bike so front wheel is off the ground   then take a marker and put lines around where the forks meet the triple trees that hold them in place their should be some allen head bolts that u can loosen on front of the triple clamps  once these are loose you should be able  to move the forks back to strait again in line with the handle bars just line the lines up that u put on them earlier and tighten the allen bolts back up    also  when making the lines  make them from left  to right so marker is touching both fork tube and triple clamp   this is only so you get can keep them the same ride hight as before 

Feb 15, 2009 | 2002 Yamaha TT-R 125 L

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Front wheel off

Securely support the bike, with the front wheel off the ground. Loosen the pinch bolt at the bottom of the fork. Remove the bolt, from the axle, holding the axle from turning by inserting a small screwdriver or rod through the hole in the other end of the axle. Remembering to account for the wheel dropping, slide the axle out, being careful to note the location and direction each of the spacers is installed.

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