Lowering Hydraulic forks

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Lowering Hydraulic forks

Post by Fattracker » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:15 am

I am just researching now. Don't have a bike yet. All I've done so far is purchase a welder (Lincoln Pro Mig 180) so I can start to learn how to weld.
I wanted to know what the cheapest/easiest way to lower hydraulic forks? Yet keeping the same or close to the same suspension characteristics as stock.
I like the look of Cole Foster's blue bike build. There is a "Biker Build off" where he lowers his forks. He talks about cutting the fork sliders. But he doesn't show or explain exactly how he does it. Does anybody out there know his method?
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UikC0d1 ... ults_video[/youtube]

I've found some other info. Some people modify them by using spacers, others by cutting fork springs, others by cutting and welding dampening rod.
I don't want to go out and buy a new set of lowered forks and I think it is more rewarding and more fun to make as many modifications myself as possible. Even if it means a steep learning curve.
So I would appreciate any information on this subject.
Thanks.
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Re: Lowering Hydraulic forks

Post by railroad bob » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:25 am

This place...

http://www.frankmain.qpg.com/

makes under and over length fork tubes. They've been in business for many years.
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Re: Lowering Hydraulic forks

Post by Fattracker » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:12 am

Thanks Railroad!

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Re: Lowering Hydraulic forks

Post by hansgoudzwaard » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:24 am

I have been on this site before. The tutorial may give you some pointers.

http://www.customfighters.com/forums/sh ... hp?t=45166

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Re: Lowering Hydraulic forks

Post by BIGJIM » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:58 am

railroad bob wrote:This place...

http://www.frankmain.qpg.com/

makes under and over length fork tubes. They've been in business for many years.
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Re: Lowering Hydraulic forks

Post by Fattracker » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:17 am

Thanks "hansgoudzwaard"
That's a great tutorial. Information is very helpful.

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Re: Lowering Hydraulic forks

Post by hansgoudzwaard » Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:20 pm

Fattracker wrote:Thanks "hansgoudzwaard"
That's a great tutorial. Information is very helpful.
There is info/tutorials for many makes of bikes out there. I have never done this alteration, but I would feel comfortable doing my own considering the quality of the information available.

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Re: Lowering Hydraulic forks

Post by Fattracker » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:42 pm

hansgoudzwaard wrote: There is info/tutorials for many makes of bikes out there. I have never done this alteration, but I would feel comfortable doing my own considering the quality of the information available.
Yes I found a few good ones. This one seems to be the best at explaining not just step by step, but why those steps should be taken. Also, the pitfalls if modification is overdone.

This one found this illustration which I thought very helpful in visualizing the inner of a fork http://racetech.com/html_files/DampingRodForks.HTML

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