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Fork problems
well, I have ran into a different problem with the forks now, I cant get the caps out to fill them, I loosened the pinch bolt and they syill wont budge.
#16 03-18-2007, 11:11 PM,
Jim, you want to tighten those pinch bolts then loosen the caps.
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#17 03-19-2007, 09:53 AM,
Hey Vic.
The lower pinch bolts are tight, they are holding the forks well, I thought the tension from the top pinch bolts may be holding against the caps.
I have put so much torque on the caps im suprised i havent broke the allen wrench.

I am leary about using heat, I have thought about maybe drilling a 3/8 hole in the center of the caps, but even with a greased bit I am afraid fo getting some metal shavings in them.

can they be filled from the bottom if I take them off?

#18 03-19-2007, 02:36 PM,
Jim, can you get your hands on an impact gun and a good Allen bit to fit onto the gun?

You can also try smacking the caps with a lead or brass hammer.
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#19 03-19-2007, 07:34 PM,
If the forks ran out of oil it's likely the seals are giving up the ghost since that's the only way the oil can get out.
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#20 04-21-2007, 10:33 PM,
Ok I finally got the tops off, cleaned all the parts up and refilled them, wow they ride much better..
#21 04-21-2007, 10:43 PM,
That's good to hear Jim. What weight oil did you finally settle on?
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#22 04-22-2007, 06:10 AM,

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