How To - Installing Front Ski Bumper
Topic: How do you replace stock bumper with new elastomer type
Expertise Required: Beginner
Estimated Time: about only 30 minutes or so
- The new bumper kit
- Allen Wrench
- 2 x 4 about 10 inches long
If you get a 2 x 4 about 8 to 10 inches long, it makes a perfect "wedge" to put in between the steering tube and the lower foot to hold it up.
Out With The Old: Twist and pull on the stock bumper and it'll pull out. Some bikes might have a "cobbled on" bumper setup - usually with a long wood screw. Take all of that junk off and cleanup any sharp edges left behind.
Follow the supplied instructions to get tab inserted. Hint: unscrew the screw almost all of the way out - only hanging by a thread. This makes it easier to get tab up and positioned correctly.
Also, you can expect the bumper to loosen up a bit and move around. Just keep an eye on it and re-align and tighten it occasionally.
Care And Feeding: When sitting still or transporting, it's recommended to put some sort of block (or pipe) in the bumper. This wll keep it from sagging. There have been lots of different styles from wolmanized wood railing, pvc pipe (sinks unless you fill with foam), and wood blocks to nylon/plastic bar stock.
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