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I am in the market for a new fork for my jekyll 800. It works just fine im just tired of not being able to take off my front wheel. What is the consensus for a good front suspension? Im not looking to watch my weight or pay a whole lot. I want a good fork though. Any help would be appreciated. Also would i just my bike to the shop to have it measured for the new parts ( i assume). Thanks again.:thumbsup:
 

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Quite simple.... Transportation.... My lefty is 9 years old and they didnt make it where the front wheel could be taken off back then. I have the bike hitch that is drilled and mounted onto the bedrail of my truck for my other 3 bikes and my wifes bike, but my jekyll I actually have to use a bike rack and i dont have one of those... Never have.... Dont plan on it.... I'm also now unable to lie my bike in the back of my truck since i now ride with 2 other guys and i transport their bikes too because they dont have bike racks either. That is why i want a normal fork. :)
 

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twitch1 said:
My lefty is 9 years old and they didnt make it where the front wheel could be taken off back then.
Who told you that, the shop that wants to sell you a new fork?:rolleyes:

Remove the brake caliper, it's two bolts, and about 30 seconds. Unscrew the wheel, yep, same 5mm allen wrench, no need to even stand up. Put this on, http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=details&PageID=30&SKU=AR8052, and mount away.:cool:
 

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twitch1 said:
I am in the market for a new fork for my jekyll 800. It works just fine im just tired of not being able to take off my front wheel. What is the consensus for a good front suspension? Im not looking to watch my weight or pay a whole lot. I want a good fork though. Any help would be appreciated. Also would i just my bike to the shop to have it measured for the new parts ( i assume). Thanks again.:thumbsup:
If I were to ever (and I'm sure I will some day) buy another non-Lefty fork. It would be a Fox. If you're not weight conscious as you say, but you want to protect your wallet some what, I'd make it a Fox Vanilla.

As to the whole wheel removal thing. Sure it takes a little longer, but can literally remove the wheel in 30 seconds. Before I had any type of roof rack, I used to remove the wheel to place the bike in my sedan before every trail ride, and repeat when it was time to leave.
 

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:) Let me rephrase... I know it can come off, but i'm wanting to use the bike hitch (NOT the trailer hitch with a bike rack) on my truck. The bike holders that you take you wheel off and your put the fork on thte skewer and tighten the skewer down. A while back a bike shop had told me that the lefty front wheel should be removed by a mechanic only because of the hub i believe. I havent been to any bike shops to look at any new forks so its not a bike shop wanting to sell me anything. So how can i get the wheel off so i can put my bike in the bed of my truck?:thumbsup:
 

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mendoncyclesmith::: Thanks, that answered my question. Will that work with any model of lefty? Like i said mine is from back inthe day around when it first came out.
 

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mendoncyclesmith::: Thanks, that answered my question. Will that work with any model of lefty? Like i said mine is from back inthe day around when it first came out.
The only fork that has any issue with this is the very first generation steel lower leg ones. The top(?) tab is a hole, not slotted. All subsequent models were slotted on both tabs, just loosen the bolts, (no need to fully remove them), and slide it up and off. A Dremel, and two minutes, that will no longer be an issue.
 

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The Fork-Up can be had for <$50 on ebay, I bought one for the times my friend drives and we use his truck. Other than that my front wheel comes off and the whole thing goes in my trunk...Acura trunk at that. Only beware not to over tighten the the caliper bolts which will start to wear away the mount on the Lefty strut. I love storing in my trunk, no more bike rack scratches, no pedal rub worry and I can park anywhere without fear of theft!!
 
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