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post #1 of 8 Old 03-15-2019, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Fork Spring Replacement V2

Anyone know if the for springs can be replaced with the forks still on the bike? I did this on my 650 but they are not USD

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I've only done it on non-inverted forks as well, but watching pit guys doing it on race bikes with inverted forks it's easy peasy. Just remove the cap bolt and pull the spring out.

If you want you can change the oil by sucking it out with a large syringe or turkey baster.

The fun part is getting the spring compressed evenly so you can thread the cap bolt back on without cross threading!

Attached is the exploded view from the factory manual so you can see how it goes together

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I popped the cap off tonight with the bike jacked up but it wouldn't come off. That lock nut on number 8 has to be held in place to thread the cap completely off and I don't think you can do that with the weight of the tire

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Ah yes, now I see... The spring has to be compressed in order to get on to the lock nut

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Inverted Forks

I have done a spring only replacement on a few bikes with the tool I have but I still had to remove the tire. Removing the forks is not bad at all. Here is a crap vid using the special tool to compress the unit for disassembly.
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I have done a spring only replacement on a few bikes with the tool I have but I still had to remove the tire. Removing the forks is not bad at all. Here is a crap vid using the special tool to compress the unit for disassembly.
https://youtu.be/vNqnNU25aj0
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Changed my fork oil recently.
It doesn't take long to remove the forks once everything to be removed is loosened and then the front end is lifted off the ground.
You do need to a spring compressor so you can get to the number "8" nut in the diagram. It is a lock nut which then allows you to unscrew the fork cap.
When putting it back together you need to check that the lock nut is in the correct position on the rebound adjusting rod so that you have the right number of clicks available on the rebound damper screws. I didn't do this the first time before reassembling the forks on the bike, so had to pull them off again to adjust the position of the lock nut to allow the proper number of damping clicks. Check the number of clicks available after putting the cap back on the shaft while the spring is still compressed. It is then easy to move the lock nut up or down until you get the right position.

Even though I only changed my fork oil I found the information in following link very helpful.
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Got everything all back together, sag is now perfect with it all the way out and just me on the bike.

I was able to make a tool using a quick clamp, threaded rod, some nuts and a couple pieces of pipe to compress the spring, it worked perfectly!

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