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Need Help on front forks
O.k. need a little help here. Drained and refilled front forks. Can anybody give me a trick to help compress the stock springs to get the caps back on. Pushed all I could but not quite enough to get them started squarely. Any hints appreciated. Thanks !
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#1 06-17-2008, 04:23 PM,
Along with a lot of cursing and swearing, I use a long extension and a ratchet and socket. Other than brute force and also being careful that you don't get the threads crossed in the attempt.

The last time I did them I had them in a vise and found it a lot easier, I was changing the bushings.

To avoid this problem in future some people have the caps drilled and tapped and install a 1/4 or 3/8 grub screw, this allows you to fill the forks without removing the caps.
The only stupid questions are the one's that are not asked.

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#2 06-17-2008, 04:59 PM,
Thanks Tricky, tried it with a 1/2" ratchet, extension and 24 mm socket, just can't seem to get enough leverage. Thought maybe someone had some other ingenious way to compress these monsters. If not I guess I'll have to take them off and stick em in a vice. Sad
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#3 06-17-2008, 07:29 PM,
Try to get someone else to push down at the same same, I am usually standing on the running boards, pushing straight down.

Do you have the stock springs or are they Progressive?
The only stupid questions are the one's that are not asked.

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#4 06-17-2008, 08:07 PM,
Take the spring out, mark on cap and tube with magic marker where the threads start. Call your 300 pound buddy to come and help you! Progressive springs are easy to install,best thing you can do to bike for sixty bucks.
joe
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#5 06-17-2008, 08:26 PM,
They are the stock springs, never thought they would be that stiffly after 24 yrs. We'll give it another shot tonight. I've heard the progressives are shorter and much better but just trying to keep it stock.
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#6 06-18-2008, 01:54 AM,
okay I know some will shudder at my response here but here is how I got my caps back on (with stock springs)
1st I marked the caps and the fork for the thread starting point.
2nd I connected a socket to my cordless drill
3rd I stood on the front pedals and positioned myself right a top of the forks.
4th I put the cap in the socket and make sure it is in the right spot for the threads!!
5th I pressed down with all my might and gently squeezed the trigger

they both went on without any problems Big Grin
before when I was trying to use a breaker bar and socket, etc- I just couldn't get the leverage but with the drill I had all my weight dead over the center and with a small squeeze with my index finger- they went on real nice and smooth
Tim
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#7 06-18-2008, 08:26 PM,
Well there ya go..... another way to get the caps on... Smile
The only stupid questions are the one's that are not asked.

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#8 06-18-2008, 08:36 PM,
Sounds like it might be worth a try, I'm sure it makes part of your anatomy pucker a bit when you pull that trigger . Smile Smile
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#9 06-19-2008, 02:16 AM,
I've found that getting the front wheel off the ground, allowing the fork to extend as far as it can, helps too.
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#10 06-19-2008, 05:39 AM,
o.k. I think we have a plan of attack worked out here. Got one on last nite,we'll try the other tonite. Ran out of steam after tripping over the jack handle and doing a not so graceful fall onto the concrete floor :oops:
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#11 06-19-2008, 11:08 AM,
Man, I hate it when that happens. I don't heal from those little episodes like I used to. Sounds like you are on to it now, I used my air ratchet to get mine on. You have to be careful but they will go. Good luck, Joe
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#12 06-19-2008, 02:41 PM,
Ahh...SUCCESS, Smile Big Grin Cleaned everything up (threads),lubed oring,fired up little compressor and got out 3/8" impact :twisted: turned it to lowest power, applied my 230 lbs. and tickled the trigger!! DA-DA success, cap went right on. Not necessarily the suggested way of doing it, but my patience was wearing thin (and the weekend is almost here) Big Grin Big Grin .Seriously guys, really appreciate all your help and suggestions, Gosh I love this place !!
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#13 06-19-2008, 06:17 PM,
way to go- like you say it may not be the best way but it works and that is what counts- a little bit of ingenuity goes a looonnngg way :mrgreen:
Tim
currenlty own
Car, truck, and bicycle :)
formerly owned
86 SEI,83GL 650i,82GL 500i
450 nighthawk, german spec CB 650, KZ 100, YZ 125, CT90
http://catman01.webs.com/
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#14 06-20-2008, 05:40 AM,


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