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Justastandard
post Apr 29 2014, 04:35 PM
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Hey new here and looking for some help. Recently picked up a 2003 softail standard. I notice I have no travel in the forks at all. No dive under braking and can't force the forks down. Someone sunk a good bit of cash into this bike, and I don't believe they would have made it like this on purpose. Is there something wrong or are they suppose to be this stiff. Thanks for any help.
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post Apr 29 2014, 04:41 PM
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You're right! It ain't supposed to be like that. You should be able to compress them. I have no idea what might be wrong, but I'm sure it isn't the desired status.
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post Apr 29 2014, 04:51 PM
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May have too much fluid in the tubes. Drain some and see. If that doesn't help then prepare to tear them down and rebuild. The amount of fluid in the tubes is critical.
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post Apr 29 2014, 05:23 PM
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Should have 10 to 11 oz in a softail frnt fork. I would pop the top cap off to check the springs

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post Apr 29 2014, 05:25 PM
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either too much fluid or / and using that screamin eagle crap that supposed to be used for racing.

i have a deuce and have never been able to get the forks right. ive even installed progressive springs and still no joy. have tried every type of fork fluid and nothing. its gotten so i just ride it as is and every once in a while add or subtract fluid as i go. Thats how i blew through two seals.

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post Apr 29 2014, 06:56 PM
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Thats how i blew through two seals.

That reminds me of a joke about a walrus eating ice cream (IMG:style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)

I hope you figure your problem out, it looks to be a pretty bike and welcome to the shop.
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Justastandard
post Apr 29 2014, 07:06 PM
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Thanks for the replies! I'm certain the issue is something to do with the reassembly when the previous owner installed the lowers. I scheduled an appointment with the local dealership. Still rides ok. Even though there is zero and I mean zero travel.
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