Actually Don, the manual says nothing about the fork brace. That's an old trick a master Honda tech passed along to me years ago. And it works great! I think you probably picked it up from me. See what happens when you don't choose your friends wisely? :needahug:2things..... One, make sure to loosen the fork brace bolts before tightening the axle caps Thentighten both front cap bolts, then the rear bolts, and then retighten the brace bolts. This will realign the front forks for you and is called out in the shop manual I believe!!