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    Default how to drop front fork like cole foster's bike??

    how do he drop without bottoming out?!?
    i always wondered...now i need answer !!

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    cut springs, add spacer to dampner the same amount that you cut the spring. run heavy oil . on serious bumps you will bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironsled77 View Post
    cut springs, add spacer to dampner the same amount that you cut the spring. run heavy oil . on serious bumps you will bottom.
    thank man for the info!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironsled77 View Post
    cut springs, add spacer to dampner the same amount that you cut the spring. run heavy oil . on serious bumps you will bottom.
    what kind of spacer??

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    never done it, but i have seen people actually cut the tubes and rethread them to make the forks lower. this is a tricky job, but seems to me like the best way to getting a super slammed front end.

    irish rich even mentioned sectioning the sliders. what a madman he is.

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    5:00 in this vid

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    Quote Originally Posted by indawaitinroom View Post
    never done it, but i have seen people actually cut the tubes and rethread them to make the forks lower. this is a tricky job, but seems to me like the best way to getting a super slammed front end.

    irish rich even mentioned sectioning the sliders. what a madman he is.
    forking by frank in Elmhurst IL will cut your tubes or make new ones. Last time I had a set cut it was 40 dollars a set. Great work. As for makng new one thatapplies to the guys that want to go the oppisite direction and do 6 over or what ever size. Sectioning is a lil to far out there for me. Thats some sreious work to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rncbigdawg View Post
    what kind of spacer??
    I used a 1 inch steel tube with a few relife holes in the bottom for fluid to pass thru. Peeps say and do use pvc but i have never and would never try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purerockfury View Post
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    Pretty cool watch.

    Lee and departure bikes are local to me. Pretty cool to see them on tv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSandman View Post
    Pretty cool watch.

    Lee and departure bikes are local to me. Pretty cool to see them on tv.
    yeah, i didn't remember seeing this on on TV so i watched it not to long ago as well as a few others on youtube...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rncbigdawg View Post
    what kind of spacer??
    I use 3/4" PVC pipe. This is what Forking by Frank sends with their extended tubes as well as most of the aftermarket fork lowering kits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    I use 3/4" PVC pipe. This is what Forking by Frank sends with their extended tubes as well as most of the aftermarket fork lowering kits.
    +1 on this advice. It's been the standard for spacers for many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purerockfury View Post
    yeah, i didn't remember seeing this on on TV so i watched it not to long ago as well as a few others on youtube...
    Up until a few months ago, they used to show them during the weekdays a few days a week. I DVR'd them but haven't seen them in a while.


    Quote Originally Posted by Loaf View Post
    +1 on this advice. It's been the standard for spacers for many years.
    Actually the spacers that come with aftermarket lowering kits are designed to go on the top spring under the cap to adjust upper spring preload.

    The kits come with 2 extra lower spring dampers, one for each damper to lower it more. You put the spring in to lower it 2" or keep it out to lower it 1"

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    That being said I used a PVC spacer on both my sporty's and my shovel to lower it. Both work perfectly.

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    Cole cuts a section out of the bottom sliders and welds back together.

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    If you put FLST internals in a set of FXST forks, it will shorten them by 2 inches.

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    making a spacer and putting it in between the dampening rod and the tube works great for your typical 2 to 3" drop but when you go really low like foster's bikes you will end up with no travel unless you section the sliders which is why he does it...

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    why am i perplexed by the idea of adding spacers? i just cut um springs and it lowers it I'm confused about the part where you guys put a piece of pvc under(?) the dampener

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    Quote Originally Posted by poonslammer View Post
    why am i perplexed by the idea of adding spacers? i just cut um springs and it lowers it I'm confused about the part where you guys put a piece of pvc under(?) the dampener
    the spacer controls the rebound and the spring should have some preload, it also keeps the tube from extending past your spring...

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    Quote Originally Posted by poonslammer View Post
    why am i perplexed by the idea of adding spacers? i just cut um springs and it lowers it I'm confused about the part where you guys put a piece of pvc under(?) the dampener
    If you don't keep some preload on those springs, it's gonna ride like shit and make a lot of noise.

    Add the spacer and cut the springs.

    I personally wouldn't add anymore then 2" spacer.

    You could also send the tubes out to forks by frank and get them shortened any length for $60.

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