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Ok here goes nothing, I just finished putting new race tech springs in my front forks, SRC mudskins, acerbis upper and lower guards, SRT quick bleeds,new oil & seals.....I am super pumped now, everything is going smooth, bolt front tire back on and go to compress forks a few times before final tightening to front tire, and the front shocks sound like CRAP :bonk:

They sound like a rusty pogo stick :thumbsup: , they even feel a little rough :thumbsup: .

I set the compression setting at 14 clicks, 2 clicks less than when I took it apart, I figured new springs I'll need a little less on the compression .

Anyone have new spring noise after doing a spring job????

I hate the idea of ripping it all back down again :eek:

HELP!!!!

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The springs might not be centered on fork caps, I would think they would find their way there after riding a bit...but I noticed a little noise the first time I took mine apart/put back together and found this to be the cause...it wasn't loud enough to make me think anything was going be damaged...but completely went away when I carefully centered the top of the spring on the caps.

FWIW, I have stock springs...not Race Tech.

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Thanks..........I guess i will drop the tubes out and double check. I think I will take it out for a little blast around the house first to see if it positions itself first. Thanks again :thumbsup:

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Ok, I was going to post this a few nights ago but didn’t have time, so here it is.

New springs? Forks noisy? Want it fixed? I have the cure!

Four years age when I re-sprung my 650R I had a spring noise in the forks after reassembly. Two nights ago I re-sprung the 400, same fork noise, and the cure was the same. Assuming that you have everything assembled correctly and the final pre-load is set, do the following.

1. Determine what fork leg is making the noise, it may be both. This can be done with a stethoscope, screwdriver or some other device that you can use to listen to the fork tube.

2. Loosen the upper triple clamp fork tube pinch bolts. Work on one side at a time, not both.

3. Loosen the fork tube cap, unscrewing it completely.

4. Push down on the bike to push the spring up to where you can see and touch the top end of the spring.

5. Using the wire end of the spring as a reference point, rotate the spring so the end of the wire is at 12 o’clock, viewed from the normal riding position.

6. Screw the fork cap down until it seats, you don’t need to torque it just yet just tighten it until it seats.

7. Stand the bike up and test for noise.

8. If noise is still present repeat steps 3 - 7 turning the spring in 1/8 turn increments until the noise is gone.

If the above doesn’t cure your problem then you’re on your own. Good luck and please let me know if this works for you. And if you have further questions, please feel free to ask.

Ok here goes nothing, I just finished putting new race tech springs in my front forks, SRC mudskins, acerbis upper and lower guards, SRT quick bleeds,new oil & seals.....I am super pumped now, everything is going smooth, bolt front tire back on and go to compress forks a few times before final tightening to front tire, and the front shocks sound like CRAP :bonk:

They sound like a rusty pogo stick :thumbsup: , they even feel a little rough :thumbsup: .

I set the compression setting at 14 clicks, 2 clicks less than when I took it apart, I figured new springs I'll need a little less on the compression .

Anyone have new spring noise after doing a spring job????

I hate the idea of ripping it all back down again :eek:

HELP!!!!

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Thanks Graves.

Timing on your post was great...It is only 1 leg making the noise, I will be starting the 12:00 clock theory this afternoon, heading out to the Javits center this morning to check out the new 06 cr250(BIKE SHOW IN NYC)

Thanks again, talk to you soon. :thumbsup:

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Do a search and you will find this is normal for RT springs. You will never hear it riding.
Yep, lots of people ask this question after putting in RT springs. They make a clicking noise when you sit on the bike and push down hard on the bars, compressing the front springs. It's normal and you don't hear it while you're riding at all. I think it has something to do with the spacers you have to use with the shorter-than-stock RT springs.

Sigman, you did put in the spacers, right?

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SPACERS????? :thumbsup: .....No I only put the stock washer back on the top, :thumbsup: it came with 4 washers that are the same thickness as original, the directions where not specific about putting these in.

should have I put 3 washers on top of each spring. :bonk:

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I PM'd you... Can anyone confirm if the RT springs are still shorter than the stock ones?

I bought them several years ago, and they came with 2 small pieces of aluminum tubing, which you had to make spacers out of, by cutting them so that ==> spacer + RT spring = length of old spring. They also came with some washers (4 I think).

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I PM'd you... Can anyone confirm if the RT springs are still shorter than the stock ones?

I bought them several years ago, and they came with 2 small pieces of aluminum tubing, which you had to make spacers out of, by cutting them so that ==> spacer + RT spring = length of old spring. They also came with some washers (4 I think).

I bought a set last month from TT store and put in my 02 XR400. Same length as before. Need to make spacer about 2.3-2.5" long, plus a couple washers.

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I SCREWED UP :bonk:

Called RT today and:

I need 23mm of preload spacer to make it correct.....arghhhhh

I will be a pro at this now.....

Thank you everyone for your help :thumbsup:

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When I cut my spacers, I put an O-ring around the spacer to keep it more centered. The ring not so thick that it forms a seal, but keeps the spacer from moving very far.

I also cut the extra tubing into different length pairs, to play with the preload if I want to.

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Whats the best material to make spacers out off?

pvc, brass,steel, ??

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I had the same fricken problem when I installed my RT's. It drove me nuts! I tried riding it but I kept thinking I was screwing up my forks. At first I used the aluminum spacers sent by RT. They were so noisy so I tried PVC. That didn't solve the problem. I went back and used the aluminum BUT I made sure the cut was square or even. I think the problem is when the spacer isn't even it creates more friction and uneveness with the washers and springs. It was a lot of fun taking those forks off for the fifth time!

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It was a lot of fun taking those forks off for the fifth time!

You shouldn't have to remove the forks to change the spacer or the springs. Just pull the handlebar clamps and push them forward or back out of the way.

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Why pull the forks? If you have the stock triple clamp the caps will clear the bars. If aftermarket upper clamp, pull the bars.

It was a lot of fun taking those forks off for the fifth time!

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Is there any difference between xr250r and crf250x

Whats that got to do with forks for a xr??? I think your in the wrong place champ.

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picked up some pvc fittings from the Home Depot, 3/4 I.D. gives you the perfect O.D. , RT says to cut them to 23mm, thats roughly 7/8 of an inch.

If anyone recalls their cut sizing for the spacers please let me know

Thanks

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