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post #1 of 12 Old 03-03-2014, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Any way to put forks together without fork tool?

I am in the middle of replacing my stock springs with Race Tech Gold Valve Emulators and springs. Guess I didn't read the directions right and took the forks all the way apart. Apparently I could have just undone the Hex head at the bottom of the fork and that would have released the dampener rod in the very bottom. But smart me removed the dust seal, oil seal retainer etc. So now I am at the point where I need to put it all back but don't have the special Fork installer to pound it back together. Is there any way to do this? Without the special tool? Please help... Thanks

Here is a photo of what I need to put together that requires a special tool..


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Buy the tool, you won't regret it, but you can do the job without it.
I would buy the tool if I had time but I'm trying to go for a ride on Wednesday morning. How can it be done without?
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You can carefully push the bushing into place with a drift punch. Work around the bushing a little at a time tapping it evenly into place.

Did you remove the damper rod? If you don't have an impact wrench to spin its bolt in, try an electric drill with the long 6mm bit chucked up. Don't forget the copper gasket, and clean off all the oil and use a drop of blue Loctite on the threads. Or, put the fork together with the spring in place, then insert the damper rod bolt; the spring will hold it to get the bolt started. I've been in a dampening rain, but I've never seen a dampening rod.

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Yes dampener rod was removed and enlarged to 7/16" holes and reinstalled. I don't remember a copper washer anywhere. Where does that go. Also with the drift punch can I use a flat head screw driver instead? I don't have a drift punch..
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Yes dampener rod was removed and enlarged to 7/16" holes and reinstalled. I don't remember a copper washer anywhere. Where does that go. Also with the drift punch can I use a flat head screw driver instead? I don't have a drift punch..
Almost certainly not. Your flat head screwdriver is going to be far far harder than the bushing material and unless you have the touch of a pickpocket, you'll booger up the bushing. I'd suggest you take it to a friendly local bike shop and have them put them back together for you if you can't wait for the tool.
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Sorry I don't know what all the parts are called but I needed the piece that is under the Flat Washer to be pressed into the fork. The seals just slid right in with hardly any resistance. I did end up using a Flat head screwdriver on top of the Flat Washer and worked my way around in a circle. I put some silicone spray inside the tub before seating the piece first. Worked like a charm... Hope I didn't booger anything up..
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Crap, just realized it wasn't silicone spray I put down the fork tube to help things slide in it was Teflon chain lube. Should I pull everything apart and just coat it with fork oil the next time? Will the Teflon spray jack things up inside?
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Crap, just realized it wasn't silicone spray I put down the fork tube to help things slide in it was Teflon chain lube. Should I pull everything apart and just coat it with fork oil the next time? Will the Teflon spray jack things up inside?
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I've been in a dampening rain, but I've never seen a dampening rod.
Hahaha, one of those words some folks will NEVER get! :mrgreen:

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