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jsyx
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:00 am  Reply with quote
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Stella/Px people--->

what are the symptoms of a bad/blown front shock. Would the swingarm just flop around or would the spring keep enough tension to hold up the fork?

Maybe i'm just timid because of the sandy streets, but it seems like when i get going 35-45mph my steering seems sketchy, esp. when the road gets a little bumpy. When i push down on the front end it returns fine, but it seems real spongy. Is this regular wear and tear or should i get a new shock?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:03 am  Reply with quote
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Hmmm, is this the same front end that "met the curb"?

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maybe...
but you'd think i would have noticed last fall if it was a result of my acrobatics at the rally.

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Yeah first check to make sure your rim isn't bent and you have the right amount of air in the tires then get back to us.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:16 am  Reply with quote
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Oh check your nuts too.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:16 pm  Reply with quote
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Hee-hee!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:40 pm  Reply with quote
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check, check...
nuts...check!

yeah, i don't know... i think i'm just scared. I checked the fork and thats straight and tight. The rim is straight and the tires are good (40psi). I guess my frame could (and should) be bent, but it looks good from the ass end to me? at 6000 mi and after a LOT of abuse, i suppose a little squishiness is probably in order.
I'll just have to wait until this weekend and gear up and open it up a little more.

anything else i should be looking for?

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jsyx wrote:
the tires are good (40psi).


Dude there is your problem, cut that in half should 17-20-ish psi.

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they're rated for 47?

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jsyx wrote:
my steering seems sketchy

Since when is this a concern for you?
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Ya, but dude you get so much less grip at 47 psi than like 25ish.... 47 is prolly kinda scary....

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jsyx wrote:
they're rated for 47?


You have to go by what your manual says, not what is on the tire. That 47psi doesn't take in consideration what you are driving, just what they say is the max psi their tire can perform safely. Check your manual, a P200 is 18 I can't see a Stella being too far off from that. Most people run 18-22 front and 24-28 rear (32 or so with 2 up)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:21 am  Reply with quote
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i guess that would make sense...
i put air in the tires at the gas station about a month ago without a gauge. I probably just didn't realize how low they've been.
My bike shop days taught me to lower psi in crappy conditions (i.e. snow, rain, etc.) to increase the surface area of the tire in contact with the road. So i guess that would carry, but it's good to know to go off the bike's rating rather than the tire.

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p.s-Keith, contrary to popular myth, i do enjoy my health and brain functions...i even wear a helmet and gloves, and sometimes now a leather jacket. I'm so safe!

p.p.s.- so stoked... i got my first battery in 3 years!! electric(wuss) start, HERE I COME!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 9:47 am  Reply with quote
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If your shock is blown your front wheel will be really bouncy. You will bottom out the travel of the shock going over very tiny bumps like curb cuts for driveways. When you push down on your handlebars there should be a lot of resistance and it should return to it's resting position in one smooth movement. Any bouncing or occilation indicates taht something is up. When my shock was blown I also had a sticky, greasy leak from the shock that dripped onto by brake disk and rim.
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40 psi ??? In the front???

Dude, that's like riding on a road full of ball bearings.

I once put my front at 25 (crap gas station air gauge, it turned out) and I felt like I was dancing around.

Maybe it's past-time for another one of those interminable psi-debate threads. It's almost a public service around these parts.

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