Garage Files: How To Install A Suspension Fork

How to install a suspension fork

This year we have seen new and updated suspension forks from some of our sport’s top manufacturers claiming to increase your bike’s off-road performance. If you decided to order one of these new forks for your ride, you’ll have to go through a few steps to get it ready to ride. Here’s our step-by-step guide for installing an out-of-the-box suspension fork.


  • Allen wrenches or T-handles
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Sharpie pen
  • Pipe cutter or saw and vice
  • File
  • Star nut tool
  • Rubber mallet
  • Torque wrench

Step 1: Remove your front wheel and then your front brake caliper. Let it dangle while you move on to the next step.

Step 2: Detach the hose clamp on your fork and reinstall the clamp without the hose to ensure it won’t get lost.

Step 3: Remove the top cap and slide a T-handle or Allen wrench through the star nut to hold the stem, spacers and handlebars in place. Next, loosen the stem bolts and slide the old fork out.

Step 4: The new fork will need a crown race installed before being placed on your bike. This is often a part that needs to be purchased separately. Slide the crown race over the steer tube and use a flathead screwdriver and a rubber mallet to gently tap it in place. Make sure it sits flat and doesn’t have a gap between the crown race and the fork’s upper crown.

Step 5: Drop the lower headset bearing over the crown race and prepare to…

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