I've been using these forums quite a bit to maintain my 2000 LT, up to now I've always been able to find the answer through searching; alas not this time
I'm wondering if someone could shed some wisdom into a possible issue I have with my LT's front suspension.
First a little bit of background
I bought the bike in March this year from someone who couldn't handle the weight any more due to hip problems. This meant I picked up a bargain as the bike had only done 22K in 13 years, only 500 in the last 3 (or 5, I forget) years and he didn't want what I would consider a lot of money for it.
The most recent bill I could see was for a front fork seal (for some reason only one was done by the dealer) and a service.
About a month after purchase I noticed oil on the fork seal (the other one that hadn't been replaced). At that point I didn't have the time to repair so after researching on the forums came to the conclusion that I could still run it without a problem due the telelever suspension system and did so for about 1000 miles.
The time came that I decided to get the job done so:
- Bought a Claymers manual
- (stupidly) followed how to get the forks off (since learnt I could do it far quicker)
- Removed old seals
- Filled with oil (as per Claymers specification although I don't know what weight he used)
- Put new seals on (fork and dust seals)
Then I rebuilt the bike (taking the opportunity to put new brake pads and rubber on).
The front suspension is incredibly hard.
I generally "hunt the road" and avoid potholes, gravel, lumps and bumps however on the odd occasion that I miss seeing one or am forced to ride over one it's as if I don't have any suspension on the front of the bike.
Typically when I hit a pothole it's bad enough to exercise the English they don't teach you in schools, one time I hit a dip and my left wing mirror dropped off (don't worry it was zipped tied) however it got me thinking "surely this can't be right".
The problem I face is I don't really have anything to compare it with, I've never had an LT before (or any bike of this size) and I can't remember if it was like this before I saw the oil leak.
So I'd like to ask the board if this is normal?
I'd be very greatful for any advice people could give me regarding this issue.