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How do I fix my suspension when the forks are stuck and won’t move up and down?

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You will have to remove and strip each fork. The oil may have leaked out and caused the fork rods to seize. Get a manual for your bike or get a Bike Mechanic to sort out. There are high tension springs inside the fork legs and these are under pressure.

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SOURCE: suspension fork issue

you probably need new seals, sounds like they need a overhaul too.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a 2003 kx 85 , It has pro tech suspension ,

Stock fork seals will work but if I were you, I woudl take it to someone who has the correct tools take your fork seals out without gouging the fork leg. If your seals are leaking then chances are you're also low in fluid. Your fluid level is what decides how hard or soft your front end is (In addition to fork spring rate).

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SOURCE: My front suspension is locked

is it the forks or wheel? if forks spray with wd 40, if wheel probably bearing siezed

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