Just so nobody thinks that that's a new thing....
We had a 4 foot bar with two opposing clamshells that we used to retwist the triple clamps back into alignment">

> I have watched Kent (from GMD) straighten my R6 triple clamps when they were bent and he does it by hand with a pipe that is  approximately the same length as a fork tube. I.e. they bend pretty easily.


Just so nobody thinks that that's a new thing....
We had a 4 foot bar with two opposing clamshells that we used to retwist the triple clamps back into alignment, back in the old days........
Still works today!

 "Eyeball: Mark 1" is pretty good at discerning slight misalignments.
:-)

It's pretty easy.


1. Horizontally clamp the stem into a large, anchored vice.

2. Slide on the upper crown to the stem. No stem nut.

3. Slide each fork tube into the clamps.

4. Snug the upper and lower clamp bolts. Just snug enough not to allow distortion. Not tight! The tubes still have to be able to twist in the lower clamp.

5. Place a straightedge or reasonable facsimile across the bottom of the fork tube and another across the tubes, up against the upper crown.

6. Squint and sight along the 2 straightedges.

7. Using a long pipe or similar over the fork tube end, bend the clamps back into alignment. You will have to "overtwist" the tubes, as they will spring back.

8. When you can sight along the straightedges and they are parallel, loosen the snugged bolts and wiggle the tubes around and the resnug the bolts and recheck the alignment.

9. When the clamps are straight, the tubes will be naturally aligned and remain tight when the clamp bolts are tightened.

10. Presto. Straight clamps.

I don't know why people stopped doing that - I feel so old to know that!

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