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going to remove the forks myself to save a little labor money when i take them to get my seals replaced.

read the manual, looks pretty straight forward on removing them, but re-installing them. now, i know that the fork index line needs to be flush with the top clamp for correct fork height, but i guess im not understanding how to make sure the forks are turned in the correct position
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Not sure how the others do it, but you could use something like a marker or chalk to mark the fork and triple...then just match the lines during re-install.

Also...the bottom of the forks might have stickers, make sure they are in the same position.

For me, installing my new forks I initially used the stickers on the outer tubes to line them up. Then I adjusted the preload to fully closed...then matched them from there.

Again, some of our more knowledge able members will have a more correct method.

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hmm, when I did mine I used the cir clip/wire to use to get the height right as it sits up against the lower triple tree as you've said, but the way the forks faced I didn't think mattered because the lower part moves..? correct me if Im wrong. by lower part i mean the part the calipers bolt to and the wheel bolt goes through....

Now there is a way to seat the wheel correctly when tightening the pinch bolts thats what I think is the most important.

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hmm, when I did mine I used the cir clip/wire to use to get the height right as it sits up against the lower triple tree as you've said, but the way the forks faced I didn't think mattered because the lower part moves..? correct me if Im wrong. by lower part i mean the part the calipers bolt to and the wheel bolt goes through....

Now there is a way to seat the wheel correctly when tightening the pinch bolts thats what I think is the most important.

As long as the suspension settings are the same, performance shouldn't be impacted...but I like my stuff to be symmetrical or the same. So if you didn't line up the forks, for example you could fully close the preload settings...and (using a wrench starting at the same 9 o'clock position)...could have one fork closed at 12 o'clock, and the other at 3 o'clock. Again, performance not impacted...but for me it would be weird.

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As long as the suspension settings are the same, performance shouldn't be impacted...but I like my stuff to be symmetrical or the same. So if you didn't line up the forks, for example you could fully close the preload settings...and (using a wrench starting at the same 9 o'clock position)...could have one fork closed at 12 o'clock, and the other at 3 o'clock. Again, performance not impacted...but for me it would be weird.
Good point I hadn't thought of that, my OCD is now going to kill me lol

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Good point I hadn't thought of that, my OCD is now going to kill me lol

Haha...its gets the best of us. It is just something I noticed and adjusted when I recently installed my new forks so I thought it made sense to make them the same.

Again, I could be completely wrong though

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so the lower part of the forks rotate? i like the chalk idea, i just figured the manual would have indicated a index line for the correct rotation of the forks as well
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Yes, the lower tube will spin all around once you remove the fork leg from the bike.
And who ever mentioned about just butting the outer tube w/cir-clip up to the bottom clamp_ that's what I remember doing also.

Lastly, it was mentioned about correctly mounting the front wheel. There's a procedure that b.miller123 brought to the forum. I reprinted it in the "How To" forum.

https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39105

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