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I'm sure the answer to this is already posted but ill ask anyway.

I laid my L over in the dirt the other day riding with some friends. The from tire washed out and the right side fell onto a high spot. The bars turned to the right and the forks pretty much stayed straight lol my buddy straightened them out with his knees like we used to on bmx bikes back in the day but its still off I think. I notice on the highway it seems to lean a bit when I let go of the bars. Bars aren't bent either.

My question is, what is the proper procedure to align the forks? I've read a few whacky ways to do it. There has to be a true proper way

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The correct way is to elevate the front wheel then loosen and retighten all the bolts.  The practical way is to keep using your knee until you un-tweak the alignment well enough that you don't notice until the next spill.

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I was hoping it would be a simple little thing. Never know though, hate to make a mistake and cause a bend or a break or god knows what else. Modding is expensive enough lol

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1. Loosen the front axle clamps, and the axle nut. 

 

2. Loosen the lower triple clamp bolts. 

 

3. Grab a handfull of front brake. Pump the forks up and down several times, pushing them as far down into the travel as you can. You'll feel the action get smoother as the tubes re-align themselves. 

 

4. Tighten the triple clamp bolts first. Use a torque wrench. Over-tightening these bolts by even a small amount distorts the tubes slightly, which will cause the bushings to pinch as the forks compress, causing a harsh mid-stroke spike in the fork action. Over-tightening these bolts by a lot will break the clamps. 

 

5. Tighten the axle by holding the nut and spinning the axle with a hex socket on a torque wrench. This will ensure that the axle is perfectly aligned in the forks. Always use a torque wrench. Over-tightening the axle will shorten the life of the wheel bearings.

 

6. Tighten the axle clamps.

 

This method will ensure perfect fork tube alignment, which will in turn ensure correct front wheel alignment. If the wheel and fork tubes are still mis-aligned after this, then either a fork tube or a triple clamp is bent.

 

If you have rubber bar mounts, make sure they are tight and straight as well.

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After you do all that I recommend you get yourself a fork brace and this won't happen again.  Plus you will tighten that loose factory front end.  Big difference

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