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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-15-2020, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Cannot find a compression rod anywhere?

OK, I took my forks into the dealer to get the fork seals replaced. They said my right side compression rod had a chip on the bottom which needs to be replaced. Yamaha apparently doesn't sell this part, and Yamaha doesn't even sell the entire fork either, which is crazy considering my FJR is a 2014.

My Dealer thought they had one via Ebay only to find out 3 weeks later that they didn't have it and cancelled the order. They think they maybe found a right fork but it is via the same Ebay vendor which is a motorcycle shop outside Chicago.

Why can't i get a simple part like a fork for a 2014? It is not that old of a bike.

Any other ideas out there, or does anyone have a fork for a 2014?

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Assuming I have selected the right part, item 31 in the pictures, then Revzilla show one in stock.
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Good job Bernie, but a heads up for the OP as my company deals with the "REV" daily, that is a Yamaha part and they will not have it in stock.
So will be best for 3 to call them and have them verify 100%.
Most other Yamaha sites shows as "currently not available"

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I'm struggling with "compression rod" terminology... chip, how did that happen? Post a pic, we need to know exactly what you're talking about.
Yes, fork parts are going to be hard to find as one normally doesn't replace them. IF it's the valve at the bottom of the cartridge, no service part, but somebody may have one kicking around if they have replaced their original valving. Otherwise it's a complete cartridge (ouch).
Maybe they're talking about the oil lock piece instead?

I'm just a little skeptical what your dealer is telling you.... never heard of that before.
FYI, any cartridge 2013 and up will work. Prior to that they were different.
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Thanks Rumblestrip. Dealer basically said the same about people showing it, but not having it to ship.

I just dont understand how a part that is only 7 years old be unavailable and so hard to find.

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Thanks Rayzerman. My forks are at the dealer. I took them in because of fork seal repair. I tried to install them, but couldnt get the right one to seat right and just decided to bring them in to ensure they were both done correctly. That is when they called and told me about the rod...maybe they said Damping rod or something. Sorry, I don't know the exact piece that was chipped. I believe they said Compression or damping rod.

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Just replace everything with a Traxxion AK-20! About $1000.

But seriously, maybe you can find someone who has installed an AK-20 to buy their old guts from?

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Well, can't help if we don't know what part we're talking about. There is a compression valve but no rod. There is a rebound damping rod which is a thin rod inside the cartridge. There is the oil lock piece which perhaps could be chipped but one would have to misassemble it to damage it. I suspect the dealer guy has the terminology wrong.... a part number would be helpful to clarify.
There won't be any stock on hand because one simply rarely replaces this stuff. No demand.
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Doing a little searching on partshark, it seems the internals for the "A" suspension was changed on the "Gen 3" 2013-2015. Then forks changed again on the "Gen 4" 2016A. The cartridge assembly, the part that provides the dampening (1MC-2315L-00-00) is not available for the 2013A-2015A, but the 3P6-23170-00-00 is available for the 2012A.

When doing a comparison, the outer tube, inner tube, spring, spacer, seals etc. are all the same part numbers on the 2012A and the 2013A-2015A. So it looks like you can purchase the cartridge, rod and cap for a 2012A and bolt it into a 2013A-2015A fork.

You would need these part numbers: 5JW-23111-01-00 BOLT, CAP 5JW-2318Y-00-00 PLUNGER 3P6-23170-00-00 CYLINDER COMP, FRONT FORK

Do your own homework to verify above.

I would also question the dealer as to how the parts they are expecting you to pay for were damaged in the first place. Forks with a lot of miles can get "burnished" spots on the tubes when the bushings get worn, but a "chip" on a rod that is bathed in oil? Sounds more like a improper dis-assembly to me.

Not sure about Colorado, but in NC they are required by law to show you parts that need replacement. My guess is the "chipped" area is shaped similar to vice-grip teeth. Or, has bits of concrete dust from the shop floor imbedded in it.
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Yep, my first response would have been "show me".

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