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Fantic 200 sticky front forks/front break/oil leak

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Hi all I have a 79 Fantic 156cc and the front forks stay locked in place when under weight.  They do return but never back to the start position sticking badly,  any solutions?  Also my front brake drum as a nasty 3/4 inch gouge in the centre of the drum about 1/4 inch deep again any solutions on a repair?  Last one is the clutch lever pin showing signs of gearbox oil leaking past it, suggestions on a cure please.

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If you think about how the forks slid up and down you can quite easily check why they are sticking. Presuming the forks are in good condition with correct oil and sound springs etc, here's a few things to try.

With the bike on a stand I removed the top caps and fork springs, leaving the front wheel and mudguard brace. The forks should then slide up and down without any binding or sticking. You can try rotating the stanchions, sometimes they have a slight bend or high spot that can cause issues. Also sticking could be down to a wrong size spacer making the wheel pull in or push out the forks. Try loosing the axle or removing the wheel and see if that helps. 

Brake drum damage... you can get the steel lining replaced by a specialist. I have seen someone offering this service via a facebook  page recently for about £45 plus postage. Alternatively find a good used one.

I'm very not familiar with the rear kick 156cc engine so can't help with oil leak but hopefully the seal could be changed from outside the callings. 

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Hi Fantic 240 motor.  Thanks for the advice much appreciated.  I will try your suggestions and hopefully I can sort the front forks out.  The brake drum re-line option sounds good to me I shall get searching on line for this type of service.

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