The aluminium bottom of the fork leg (near side) has cracked. On removal of the stud that is used to pinch the wheel spindle in position a small portion fell away . i.e. the crack was right through. Can this be satisfactorily welded ? Any recommendations on who could do it ?
On dismantling the fork leg I found two fibre washers at the bottom where the damper unit sits. The exploded view of the fork shows only one. Could there be a reason why someone has assembled the fork with two of these washers in place ? Is it a mistake ? Is it recommended to solve a particular problem ?
Its a common problem caused by over tightening of the pinch bolt, its usually repairable and can be prevented by the use of a washer in the gap to make it difficult to over stress the clamping effect. For this reason there are lots more non clamp legs for sale than ones with a good clamp!
I expect two fibre washers was either a mistake - or to try to stop a leak!