Help. Springer fork install....

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by Stan4d, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Stan4d

    Stan4d Banned

    I have searched and found solutions to spacing and the correct way to install the bearing. Also found that I need to cut the top tube down.
    What I really need to know is...Where the wheel mounts into the forks, Should there be a spacer between the forks? Or should they just bolt together on each side of the wheel.
     

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    they touch, the straight goes inside the curved :)
     
  3. Stan4d

    Stan4d Banned

    Thank you for your reply!! Looking at it, they will not move against each other right? The arms seem to go to tube awful quick and will be touching about 2 inches up also.
     
  4. MotoMagz

    MotoMagz Member

    You could also get spacers for the top tube, if you are worried about cutting it.Or just incase you build another bike you might need the tube length.

    MotoMagz
     
  5. Stan4d

    Stan4d Banned

    Tube is about 6 inches to long. Havent cut it yet, but I did some monster spacers like you said just to see how it worked and looked. I am going to save it for a different build. Thanks to all for the answers, they did work perfectly. Sorry about the delay in updating this, and again thanks.
     
  6. MotoMagz

    MotoMagz Member

    Wow six inches..ya thats a monster spacer.I thought you were looking at an inch or so.
    What brand of fork is it?Thats a long tube.

    Motomagz
     
  7. Stan4d

    Stan4d Banned

    Dont really know the brand...cheap ebay buy.
     
  8. RdKryton

    RdKryton Active Member

    6 inches. Wow Now you have a place to mount your GPS.
    lol

    Jim
     
  9. Stan4d

    Stan4d Banned

    And an industrial size First aid Kit, and a quart of Red Loctite. (I have heard that the nuts and bolts on these things should be well secured.)
    I will try to get a pic with it next to the bike for reference and post it soon.
     
  10. Stan4d

    Stan4d Banned

    Ok...here are the pics as promised. You can clearly see how much taller it is compared to the old fork that is still on the bike. My wife even gave me her tape measure and you can see that it is 6 inches too tall. LOL Actually I got the 6 inch measurement from the top of the head on the handlebar mount to the nut....sorry I was not clear on that.
     

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  11. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    I possibly have the same make of springer fork on one of my bikes. It too is longer than other seemingly identical springers I have on other bikes, and I'm assuming that is so it can also be used on women's styles. Women's bikes typically have a longer head tube than men's bikes. The extra length on this springer is exacerbated by the fact that the head tube on my bike is a bit shorter than the other bikes I have. In fact, the head tube on your bike looks to be about as short as the one on mine.
    I resorted to using a spacer that is around 1 1/4" long (made from pvc pipe). You can see that spacer in the photo below.
    If necessary, you can cut the springer's steering tube down a bit, but make sure you have the adjustable race for the upper bearing on before you start cutting. This way you can back it off to chase the threads once you have finished cutting.
    Also, I don't suggest that you use red Loc-Tite unless you fancy taking a torch to something to loosen it. Blue Loc-Tite will work perfectly for this.
     

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  12. Stan4d

    Stan4d Banned

    That bike looks kinda like mine....is it a cranbrook?thanks for the tip about the head nut. I was actually going to get a sacrificial nut for that purpose. I also am blessed to have a nice thread file set and a wide range of tap and dies. For now the forks are on the shelf awaiting the next build (probably the next two) so I do not plan to modify them untill I find the bike I am going to put them on, but any and all advise is still welcome. That way it is here when needed by anyone.
     
  13. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    No, it's a Sun Retro Classic Cruiser, but it wouldn't surprise me if the frames are virtually identical. It's possible that both Sun and Huffy contract with the same manufacturers to make their bikes.
     
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