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MAINTENENCE--CHASSIS
elnstall the front wheel (See Pg. 121).
eAdjust the front fork air pressure (See Pg. 26).
Spring
Spring tension
Since the spring becomes shorter as it weakens, check
its free length to determine its condition. If the spring.
of either fork leg is shorter than the service limit, it
must be replaced. If the length of a replacement spring
and that of the remaining spring vary greatly, the re-
maining spring should also be replaced in order to keep
the fork legs balanced for motorcycle stability.
A.
Free Length
Table J13
Fork Spring Free Length
Service Limit
580 mm
Inner Tube
A bent, dented, scored, or otherwise damaged inner
tube will damage the oil seal, causing oil leakage. A
badly bent inner tube may cause poor handling.
Inner tube damage
Visually inspect the inner tube, and repair any dam-
age.
If the damage is not repairable, replace the inner
tube. Since damage to the inner tube damages the oil
seal, replace the oil seal whenever the inner tube is
repaired or replaced.
Temporarily assemble the inner
and outer tubes, and pump them back and forth manual-
ly to check for smooth operation.
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subsequent straightening, can weaken the inner tube.
REAR SHOCK ABSORBERS
Since the rear shock absorbers are sealed units which
cannot be disassembled, only external checks of opera-
tion are necessary. With the shocks removed, compress
each one and see that the compression stroke is smooth
and that there is damping in addition to spring resistance
Rear Shock Absorber
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1. Collar
2. Rubber Damper
3.
Spring Seat
4.
Stopper Rubber
5. Outer Spring
6.
Piston Rod
7. Oil Seal
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8.
Inner Spring
9. Check Valve
10. Piston
11. Spring Seat
12. Outer Shell
13.
Rubber Damper
14.
Collar

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