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Old 03-10-2013, 06:06 PM   #1
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Front "wheel hop" issue

Please throw out your votes for what may be causing this issue:

Swapped a DRZ-400 front-end onto my gen-1 klr this winter and there is a feeling in the fron-end like the front wheel hops at highway speed. At first, I just thought it was the heightened feedback from the more sensitive fork / imperfections in then road, etc. But, it also happens on tar roads. More to the story: to the best of my recollection, the DRZ fork is aprox 1" taller than klr. To somewhat correct geometry, the Cogent shock was also lengthened an inch (and adding one inch of travel). Needless to say, it's a TALL mofo.

Things I've tried: two different wheels, each with a different tire (and both in good condition, no major flat spots, etc.); adjusting tire pressure; double-checking steering bearing preload.

Things I have NOT tried: making sure the tubes are the correct size (not bunched up inside the tire); checking tubes for Slime that may have gotten too thick to spread out (not sure if that's even a possibility, but both wheels have sat around a while before I mounted them); changing fork comp. / rebound dampening; verifying that the geometry is correct, front height to rear height, etc.; adjust sag.

Thank you in-advance for any good ideas you may have!
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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Just need to balance the wheel...
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Wattner View Post
Just need to balance the wheel...

That's pretty common although it could be caused by slime as you describe.
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