Fatboy 2011 Front Fork question on lifting

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by davidfb, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. davidfb

    davidfb Member

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    When I jack up my bike with my J&S jack the front fork extends as I jack it up and wheel raises off ground, the front brake cable gets really tight as i raise the bike. My friend has a new electra glide touring and his wheel does not extend using a J&S jack. Does not appear to hurt cable but it is to the max length.

    Thanks in advance for any help

    David
     
  2. davidfb

    davidfb Member

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    Guess I am the first to have a J&S jack lifting a Fatboy

    Thanks
    David
     
  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I don't think you're the first and I don't think the type of jack you're using has anything to do with the brake line getting tight. Your friends break line may be longer or routed differently or it may be just the difference in models. I can't remember a brake line getting tight when I raised my bikes, are you sure yours is routed correctly or that it is the right brake line for your bike. Has any work been done on your front forks? Like different springs or spacers?
     
  4. stray dog

    stray dog Junior Member

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    This seems like safety issue. I would be concerned more about riding conditions which extend the forks quicker & harder than slowly jacking the bike up.
     
  5. davidfb

    davidfb Member

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    I bought the bike new from HD they had to order it , no one touched bike but HD since I have had it. No fork work. 7200 miles on it.
    I know the jack has nothing to do with line getting tight, just wondered if anyone else noticed it on a Fatboy when lifted it, we jacked up my friends 2014 electra glide ultra and his wheel(fork) does not extend or move down any.
     
  6. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    With the weight of the bike on the wheels the springs inside the forks will compress
    When the bike is lifted from the ground the forks will extend as there is no weight bearing down on the springs
    If your friends bike forks do not extend when the bike is lifted from the ground then his fork springs may be too firm

    Brian