Fork brace

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by kpstar212, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. kpstar212

    kpstar212 Member

    50
    0
    0
    Any advantages in installing fork braces ?

    KP
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    25,464
    108
    44
    They will give a bit more rigidity to the front end but I think they are a bit over rated myself.
     
  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    5,456
    133
    196
    Like Glider said they can make your front feel a little more firm (no flex). Back in the 70's they made my dirt bikes handle better, but front ends have come a long way since then. They do dress up the front end on some bikes.
     
  4. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    5,276
    133
    156
    Fork brace can be a useful addition to stopping front end flex when you have nothing else between the axle and the lower yoke
    But as HD motorcycles are fitted with a heavy steel front fender this acts as a fork brace so the impact of fitting another would be minimal

    Brian
     
  5. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    8,176
    98
    16
    Fork brace will improve front end stiffness and feel. How much depends on what is "firming" the front end now. Turn the fork to the lock and push the wheel with your knee and look at the flex. On my Sporty with the 39mm fork sliders and only the fender sheet metal mount holding lower slider, the flex is about 1/4"...
     
  6. kpstar212

    kpstar212 Member

    50
    0
    0
    Thanks,
    I was wondering as I have seen them in a lot of parts mags.

    KP
     
  7. The Tourist

    The Tourist Banned

    216
    0
    1
    Until I bought my 48, which comes with one stock, I never owned a bike with one. Even in the old days of some pretty limp wristed forks. There is a certain 'solid' feel to the front end now, and I like it.

    So much so that I believe I'm going to make one part of any new front end I run.
     
  8. Grizz29

    Grizz29 Member

    5
    0
    0
    I have to agree with Glider, they are a bit overrated.