syncitizen, thanks for the info, certainly the way to work on the front end of a bike. It may seem like I'm going at this quite slow by just by looking at the time betwen posts. I am going at it quite slow, reason being I have a 2002 R1 that is tip top, a real piece of work, one bad baby that is almost scary fast. I bought the 03 because I got a real good deal on it and thought I would keep it for parts for my 02. I've come to realize that my 02 will run for many more years to come and this 03 is not that far from being a good riding bike itself.
I've read a few posts in this forum where some of the fellas are asking about doing a wheelie, can't get their front wheel off the ground. I'm thinking, are they sure they own an R1!
can't get the front wheel off the ground, I laugh when I read that, I can't keep mine on the ground! I pull a power wheelie about anywhere anytime, the other day I just got up on the highway and had hit the throttle a little bit, looked down and I was going about 85 MPH so for grins, I downshifted into 3rd gear and put the hammer to it, front wheel off the ground immediately. I let off pretty much right away but still pulled about a 100ft wheelie if not longer.
For the life of me I just don't see how anyone could not get their front wheel off the ground with an R1.
Later, I"ll post what I find with the front end as I go along!