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Is it safe to straighten bent forks?


Old 10-31-2018, 12:09 PM
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Default Is it safe to straighten bent forks?

Hi fellow riders and greetings from Greece. Got a '09 CBR 600RR. Long story short, should i straighten bent forks or buy a new pair?

I had a car crash on my left side(about 50km/h) after he steered right without noticing me and among other damage forks are slightly bent, but without any leaks or visible damage.(my mechanic told me after he took them off and inspected) . Going to take them to a suspension specialist in the next days so he tells me if and in what degree they are bent and my mechanic told me that this guy can probably straighten them.
Anyone ever done this or knows more on this?How risky it is to go for a fix?Should i pay the extra buck and go for brand new to be safe? I dont want to trust a suspension guy because he might just want my money and doesnt care about my safety. A brand new costs alot and i have to pay some extra on top of insurance money which is alot for me at this moment.
Having in mind i ride quite fast when on this bike and i want to feel and be safe will doing it. Also its a bike i want to keep for the next 2-3 years.

Ride safe everyone and i hope someone has some feedback


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Old 10-31-2018, 05:30 PM
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If it were me, I'd probably replace the tubes. It's a few hundred bucks, but if you're paying a mechanic to do it, that'll probably end up costing almost as much

Curious how someone would straighten one of these. You could tie it down and pull it, but you'd probably have a really tough time getting it perfectly round again, and if you overpull it it'd just kink right up. It's not like you could get a dolly on it. My guess is he'd tie the bike down and use a ratcheting strap to pull onto the front wheel while tapping around the damaged area. Even with a good repair you'd get fatigued metal where the bend used to be, which is a bit sketchy. It might make it more susceptible to future failures, especially if you took a similar bump in the future

Would it get you on the road? Probably

Is it worth saving a buck or two? Your call
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:50 PM
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There ARE places here in the US that straighten forks (, but it's a job for a's not a DIY project.

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Old 11-07-2018, 11:14 PM
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I doubt they're actually bent. More likely they are twisted in the clamps.
Loosen the lower clamps.
Straighten the front wheel.
Have a friend hold the wheel in the straight position.
Turn the bars to straight riding position.
Tighten the lower clamps.
Take it for a ride slowly increasing speed.
Report back in with findings.

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