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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2015, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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03 zx6r help needed.

What's up guys. I'm new here and just got my first bike. The person I got the bike from told me he dropped the bike on its side and cracked the fairing. Well someone pointed out to me that my front forks leak and that the tire looks pretty close to the radiator. And that he thinks it was damaged from the front.... My question is can someone tell me what the measurement should be? I stood my bike up and had my wife measure as good as she could. It was aboit 2 1/2" from the tire to radiator. does that sound right? There are no fairings on at the moment

Hope the pic shows I don't really know how to post on this forum .

Edit : sorry posting from my phone. Here's a link to the pic in photobucket
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2015, 03:05 PM
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I dont think that measurement will really tell you if your forks are damaged or tweaked, but someone else might provide it for you.

I would drop the forks out and check to make sure they are straight.
Inspect the fork holder upper/lower (Triple clamp)and frame for visible damage.

before replacing the fork seals try this little tool


if they leak bad, zip tie a small rag to keep brake fluid off your brake pads until you can fix
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Thanks for the help.. It says plug in not supported.. I think it might be my phone though
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2015, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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I'll have to look on the computer later.
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2.5" sounds fucking close.

When looking at the bike side-on
Take a string, hold it in the middle of the fork diameter and the triple clamp, then run it down the fork to the middle of the axle. This will give you a rough idea of if the fork is bent or not. It looks a little bent in the picture.

Also, that bike was not dropped, it was crashed. You have scrapes along the clutch cover that only happen when the bike is sliding forwards on its side. That's a pretty wicked dent in the tank, and the bottom of the lower triple clamp looks kind of gouged up.

Also, the bike is now 12 years old and has likely never had the forks serviced. It's time for new oil regardless of if you can get the seals to come back using Blackdog's posted method. I'd bite the bullet and pull them apart and check for straightness... but I don't have a good feeling.
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...Take a string, hold it in the middle of the fork diameter and the triple clamp, then run it down the fork to the middle of the axle. This will give you a rough idea of if the fork is bent or not.
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My '03 is sitting on a rear stand and the back of the front fender is about 3-5/8 inches away from the radiator.

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My '03 is sitting on a rear stand and the back of the front fender is about 3-5/8 inches away from the radiator.
Hey thanks a lot. That's exactly what mine measures. Guess my wife can't read a tape measure to save her life lol. I've been trying to reply to your message but haven't reached the 15 posts yet lol.
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2.5" sounds fucking close.

When looking at the bike side-on
Take a string, hold it in the middle of the fork diameter and the triple clamp, then run it down the fork to the middle of the axle. This will give you a rough idea of if the fork is bent or not. It looks a little bent in the picture.

Also, that bike was not dropped, it was crashed. You have scrapes along the clutch cover that only happen when the bike is sliding forwards on its side. That's a pretty wicked dent in the tank, and the bottom of the lower triple clamp looks kind of gouged up.

Also, the bike is now 12 years old and has likely never had the forks serviced. It's time for new oil regardless of if you can get the seals to come back using Blackdog's posted method. I'd bite the bullet and pull them apart and check for straightness... but I don't have a good feeling.
He may have lied to me about a thing or 2 but I can say I've seen the guy do a lot of work to this bike. Cams rebuild the engine. New sprockets. In the summer its his daily and when it isn't raining in the winter he's on it. If I remember right he did the fork seals about 2 years ago.. From what he says someone attempted to steal the bike and it was dropped when he ran out. As far as I see there is no other scratches other than the cover. There is a dent in the tank but looks like it was hit with something pointed. I'm no pro though.
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Forks are due for a rebuild every 2 years on most bikes.
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