Stock Triple Clamp Woes

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Are any of you experiencing "creaking" noises in your triple clamps when the forks compress? Mine creek pretty badly, even with all bolts properly torqued. Took everything apart and noticed no wear or issues. The steering stem bearing looks fine and the forks actuate fine without creaking noises when off the bike.
 

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I get some creaking sounds from mine when mounting or dismounting, while holding the front break. I had assumed the noise was from the front rotor or pads, but have been able to visually locate any obvious source.
 

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My son’s bicycle and Sur-ron both did that when the steering stem headset was loose. Had to tighten it up. If you put it on the stand with the front tire off the ground, is there any freeplay in the bars? Not really sure if that applies to the alta or not. But it sounds like what we had on the smaller bikes.
 

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Are any of you experiencing "creaking" noises in your triple clamps when the forks compress? Mine creek pretty badly, even with all bolts properly torqued. Took everything apart and noticed no wear or issues. The steering stem bearing looks fine and the forks actuate fine without creaking noises when off the bike.
Were the bolts torqued to the stock settings or the "correct" settings which never got fully released out? Also this is a silly question was the hardware ever replaced?
 

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My son’s bicycle and Sur-ron both did that when the steering stem headset was loose. Had to tighten it up. If you put it on the stand with the front tire off the ground, is there any freeplay in the bars? Not really sure if that applies to the alta or not. But it sounds like what we had on the smaller bikes.
I run the steering stem nut on all my bikes on the tight side of tight. With the bike on the stand and the rear wheel touching the ground, the bars won't flop over to one side.
 

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I run the steering stem nut on all my bikes on the tight side of tight. With the bike on the stand and the rear wheel touching the ground, the bars won't flop over to one side.
If you take some of the torque off of your steering stem nut, is it still noisy? Not sure how tight you are running yours but I tightened mine up about as tight as I felt comfortable with without putting excess pressure on the bearing and can still flop my bars side to side relatively easily.
 
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just oiling my chain to get ready for a little moto action on a neighbor's track and remembered to check the damn creaking from the front end area. Found that the steerer clamp on the top clamp was not tight...not even snug. Tightened it up, checked the fork for free play or binding (none) and voila no creak! We'll see if that holds true after banging around on it for a while today.
 
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Just this last weekend after only 12hr on my bike I noticed "creaking" as well. After inspection I realized that had lost a bolt out of the bottom clamp and another was only a thread or two in. I have noticed people mentioning their distaste for the OEM triple clamp and I could not figure out why....

Anyone know where I could get a replacement bolt that resembles the stock one?

Hey @Rashid510 what torque spec are you using for "correct" as opposed to the ones mentioned in the manual?
 

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Just this last weekend after only 12hr on my bike I noticed "creaking" as well. After inspection I realized that had lost a bolt out of the bottom clamp and another was only a thread or two in. I have noticed people mentioning their distaste for the OEM triple clamp and I could not figure out why....

Anyone know where I could get a replacement bolt that resembles the stock one?

Hey @Rashid510 what torque spec are you using for "correct" as opposed to the ones mentioned in the manual?

14Nm has been in the manual/updated WIs.

The bolt for the forks is here: M8 Euro Style Bolts.
(Keep in mind the hardware for the forks were "lubricated" so that they did not need thread-locker
 
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Just this last weekend after only 12hr on my bike I noticed "creaking" as well. After inspection I realized that had lost a bolt out of the bottom clamp and another was only a thread or two in. I have noticed people mentioning their distaste for the OEM triple clamp and I could not figure out why....

Anyone know where I could get a replacement bolt that resembles the stock one?

Hey @Rashid510 what torque spec are you using for "correct" as opposed to the ones mentioned in the manual?
Seems like a good place to post this again. I can't emphasize checking tourqe before every ride enough.



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