Front end freaked me out a bit!

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by SoonerSoftail, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. SoonerSoftail

    SoonerSoftail Active Member

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    A couple of weeks ago I had oil all over the left side of the bike when I got home from my favorite hangout. After searching a bit I found it coming from the left fork. Seal right? Ordered lots of parts to upgrade suspension and chrome. Everything had arrived and I started taking everything apart Sunday morning. When I took off the tins I almost had to change pants. It wasn't the seal. The left pinch bolt had snapped and the left tube had unscrewed itself and dropped a couple of inches leaving the spring showing. When I got to the right side I found that pinch bolt had also snapped off and that tube had unscrewed a couple of turns. SCARY! I put it back together with new grade 8 bolts and marked the tubes so I can check for rotation without taking anything apart.
     
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Wow, you are one lucky dude - hope you immediately went out and bought a lottery ticket!

    Do you recall any incident that might have caused both bolts to fail like that? Something like hitting an above average pothole or something similar?
     
  3. hardheaded

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    this is nothing new been going on for a long time. on my 92 i installed grade 8 bolts and i always look at every thing when i wipe it down. good erason to clean up bike after every ride and put your hands on everything including spokes.
     
  4. kevinp

    kevinp Member

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    that would freek me out. lucks on your side that day.
     
  5. SoonerSoftail

    SoonerSoftail Active Member

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    Not really. Oklahoma City roads can be the pits but I haven't hit anything that bottomed out or such.
     
  6. Mongo44

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    That's scary! I think I'd have to check my britches, as well.
     
  7. 89stroker

    89stroker Active Member

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    I have seen this before twice as well. My brother-in-law had this happen on his 02 Fatboy and one of my riding buddies had it happen with his 03 heritage.
     
  8. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    You are a very lucky man indeed!

    Is it possible the pinch bolts were over torqued, the service manual calls for 25-30ft/lb on top and 30-35ft/lb on the bottom.
     
  9. SoonerSoftail

    SoonerSoftail Active Member

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    Could have been before I got it. I've never had the forks off until now.

    Also, after getting everything back together with Progressive mono-tube cartridges it rides great. Should have put these in a long time ago.
     
  10. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    All's well that ends well!!