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Old 04-30-2015, 05:12 AM   #1
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Tweaked front end

I just bought a drz400s last night. The handlebar is cocked to one side. I can see that the front tire is not aligned with the bars. Should I loosen the trees and try to straighten everything out? I don't know how to tell if the forks are just twisted in the trees or not. Basically, how bad is this? Its been years since I've been on dirt, and I was a youngster then. Pictures won't help.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:22 AM   #2
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typically it's the forks that are twisted...easy enough to loosen the pinch bolts and re-align the forks with the bars. If the bars are bent or the mounts tweaked, you'll have to dig a little deeper...but it's usually just twisted fork legs.
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Old 04-30-2015, 06:35 AM   #3
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typically it's the forks that are twisted...easy enough to loosen the pinch bolts and re-align the forks with the bars. If the bars are bent or the mounts tweaked, you'll have to dig a little deeper...but it's usually just twisted fork legs.
Thanks, I don't see any indication of damage. Other than standard scratches and such. The bars don't look bent. I will check it out in a few days when I get time. I'm hoping its just twisted. I'm in it for $3500 for an 07 with new tires and a new set included. 3800 miles. Even if I need some stuff, parts seem to be plentiful used for this model.
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Old 04-30-2015, 06:39 AM   #4
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sounds like a good deal


On more than one occasion I've tweaked the forks out on a ride and just kick the wheel til it was straight. I'm not recommending that technique on a regular basis, but it does work.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:04 AM   #5
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another little trick is to loosen the fork pinch bolts, spin the wheel on the stand and stab the front brake. Somtimes that is enough to get it back into alignment. I have also done the technique of standing infront of the bike and squeezing the wheel with your knees twisting it back into alignment, then tighten pinch bolts.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:09 AM   #6
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Haha, just like a damn huffy. That's what I used to do on bicycles.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:34 AM   #7
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Fixed. Thanks for the "approved" method.
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