Shortening EBR forks

Want to shorten your EBR's? Here's a how-to.


What you need:

  • A set of EBRs
  • Cutting wheel or metal handsaw
  • Drill bits 8mm and 7mm (possibly)
  • Bearing grease



Twist off the lower legs off the forks. Do this by turning them left (counter-clockwise). There's threads on the springs, so the legs will come off that way. After that, remove the black glide-spacer-thingies.

Then you get this (click to see image)

Leg Shortening

Then mark the length you want to shorten it on the inner leg. Now it's time to start cutting. Don't cut it all the way through, as you will cut through the springs. Cut around it. This takes some skills with a cutting wheel, so if you're not confident about that use a handsaw.

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Spring Shortening

Now take the threaded pieces out of the spring, and shorten the springs the same length you've shortened the legs. After that, put back the threaded pieces.

Hole Drilling

Now here's the hard part: The glide-spacer-thingies need to go back in, otherwise your fork won't be that springy any more. When you've got the glide-spacer-thingies with nodges on the inside, you're a lucky guy. The distance between the original holes is probably 19.5cm, so you just drill new holes on that distance above the old holes.

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When you don't have the nodge type glider-spacer-thingies, you're f'ed :P You'll need to drill a 8mm (or so) hole all the way through the glider-spacer-thingies and a smaller 7mm (or so) hole in the forks. In the forks you'll tap threads. Cut a piece of bolt to the right size, so it can go through the glider-spacer-thingies, but doesn't stick out. Cut a groove in it, so you can turn it in with a screwdriver.

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After this, grease everything with a good load of bearings grease, or some other durable grease, before assembling. Then turn the outer legs back on (clockwise).

You're done :)

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Made by: BaukZ

Translated by: SchijnHeilig