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New bike owner. Help with forks please!

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Old 08-25-2009, 05:37 PM
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I just bought a 2001 cbr 600 f4i with the knowledge that it had been laid down and required some minor aesthetic repairs as well as a fork alignment. I went to my local repair shop and they quoted me $45 for the job. I get a call a week later and they say some parts are bent and it's gonna cost me $300 just to diagnose what parts plus anywhere from $250 to $1000 for the parts. I don't have this kind of money so I looked toward ebay. The only problem is rarely is anyone selling specifcally 2001 cbr 600 f4i forks.

My question: What other forks (fork assembly) will fit my '01 f4i? I found some 600rr for cheap. I also found some 2003-2004 f4i but will they fit 2001?

Any help is much appreciated. I figured you guys would know better than anyone.
 
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:17 PM
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First off, if the shop is as you represent, find a new shop. $300 to diagnose???...I don't think so! Sounds like they are taking advantage of you *not* knowing exactly what you need.

You want to stick w/ F4i specific forks. Buy the '03's, replace 'em yourself or find somebody that can...or find a shop that will shoot straight w/ you & will give you an honest price to do the work, & get it in writing.

Good luck.
 
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:36 PM
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Any 01-06 F4i has the same forks.
 
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by gotcbr View Post
First off, if the shop is as you represent, find a new shop. $300 to diagnose???...I don't think so! Sounds like they are taking advantage of you *not* knowing exactly what you need.

You want to stick w/ F4i specific forks. Buy the '03's, replace 'em yourself or find somebody that can...or find a shop that will shoot straight w/ you & will give you an honest price to do the work, & get it in writing.

Good luck.
They said that was the cost of taking apart the forks, testing each part for it's straightness and reassembling it. So I dunno, they're a fairly reputable store in my area so I would expect them to be at least somewhat reasonable.

Anyway, thanks for the help guys. I'll get some "any year" f4i forks and I was hoping to install them myself. The guy at the shop said it's all bolted together pretty simply, plus I need to learn how to work on my bike just in case something like this ever happens again.
 
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:44 AM
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I don't know...its one thing to change your oil and fluids...but I don't know that I'd attempt changing forks if your just learning how to work on your bike..just my 2 cents.
 
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:36 AM
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If it's going to cost you $1000 to repair, I think you'd be better off selling the bike and buying a new one. There are plenty of people who love rebuilding bikes or stunting them. Lol kind of shady but if it's a big problem to you, give it to someone else. It might not be as big of a problem for a mechanic.
 
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:39 AM
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Originally Posted by killmime1234 View Post
...they're a fairly reputable store in my area so I would expect them to be at least somewhat reasonable.
They should have called you and said "we think that your fork is not strait - would you like us to examine - for 300$".
This is sassy -they could have take your engine off, and change a valves, pistons, cams...(I don't know what is the word for such a "general repair?") and sad "well, the compression ratio was a bit out of the spec, so we changed a few things - here is the bill - 3000$.
I'll get some "any year" f4i forks and I was hoping to install them myself. The guy at the shop said it's all bolted together pretty simply,
Yes it is easy.
plus I need to learn how to work on my bike just in case something like this ever happens again.
Get some manual. There are links on cbrforum. Just search.
 
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:33 PM
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$300 is not outrageous for this job.

your diagnosis will include
labor - approx 2.5 hrs (standard honda rate is $60/hr)
new fork oil and seals/dust covers
the labor will include disassembly and inspection of every part of your forks for bends, cracks, rust etc

if you want to do it yourself i would highly recommend getting a service manual
Honda brand is by far the best

just remember if you want to do it yourself you need a way to suspend the front of the bike for an extended period of time
a shop will have a hoist to suspend it by the triple clamp
 
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:18 AM
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I bought mine on eBay for approx 240USD.
The whole fork, with the axe and triplets (if that is the right word for 2 triangulars connecting the fork and the chassis), and both clip-ons. Oh - yes: and the siren.
Straight.
A year ago, and still no issues with leaking.
 
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