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VF1000R Fork Stanchions

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:58 pm
by Hondamax
Just been in the garage and stripped a second set of VF1000R front forks and am now somewhat confused ...

The first set were off the first RE and had different length left and right stanchion lengths as I expected (669mm and 663mm, +/- a mm or so).

The second set were off what I assume was a later model VF1000R, in that the right hand fork drain plug is an Allen bolt in a countersunk hole and not bolt on a boss like the RE fork. These forks had stanchions the same length, but also a different length to the RE ones at 659mm each.

Is this right or have I managed to acquire a bodged up set? There were signs of extreme incompetence visible inside these forks, so I wouldn't be surprised ...

Regards,

Max

Re: VF1000R Fork Stanchions

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:56 am
by thx113
There are more things in heaven and earth, Hondamax,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy

Re: VF1000R Fork Stanchions

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:16 am
by thx113
The equal length tubes are from the 85 and 85 model 1000R, the part centrecode is MJ4. 51410-MJ4-671 for right tube, 51510-MJ4-671 for left tube.
The unequal length tubes are the 84 model and the part number will be something like 51410-MB6-611.
The later model does indeed have an inset drain bolt. I had to go to shed and look at a set of mine to confirm this.

Re: VF1000R Fork Stanchions

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:13 am
by thx113
The 84 model had different length fork tubes.
Max, of the five sets of 1000R legs I've stripped, three were assembled incorrectly by previous owners. Mainly the alignment of the oil lock piece in the bottom of each leg.

Re: VF1000R Fork Stanchions

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:10 pm
by Hondamax
Thanks all for the input. So not to worry about the 85 legs being the same length then.

Jeff,

One of the one's I stripped, the oil lock piece looked like it had been fitted with a BIG hammer, and then hit some more ...

Regards,

Max