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i finally contacted the fine prople at sonic springs and ordered my front springs.


how do i get the tops of the forks off without gauling them.:furious:
i have changes springs in both my bonnies anf my tiger and no matter how careful i was i always got the top "nut" messed up.

should i use a piece of inner tube?

thanks
joe
 

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They come off very easily. I just used a regular socket and left no marks whatsoever.
A socket or open end wrench will get the caps off, but you should back out the preload adjusters first. Finding a tool that won't gall those slots is the challenge.
 

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Use tools that fit just right. The right screwdriver in the preload adjusters in important, as is a wrench that fits the hex just right. If you can find a six point socket, that'll put the pressure on a larger area and have even less chance of boogering everything up.
 

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Use tools that fit just right. The right screwdriver in the preload adjusters in important
If you can point me to a source, I've been looking for years! I'm thinking I'm gonna have to take a chisel to a grinding wheel.
 

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i finally contacted the fine prople at sonic springs and ordered my front springs.


how do i get the tops of the forks off without gauling them.:furious:
i have changes springs in both my bonnies anf my tiger and no matter how careful i was i always got the top "nut" messed up.

should i use a piece of inner tube?

thanks
joe
Inner tube is too thick. Cut a square of plastic out of a heavy-duty ziplock bag and use that over the nut. (cut a hole in the center for the preload adjuster to stick up through) Craftsman 6 point impact sockets fit well.
 

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+1 on 6 point sockets, I had to make my own screwdriver to adjust the preload, even my largest screwdriver was to small. Cheers--BB
 

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thanks.
for the preload i found a letter opener that had a thick flat handel the at fit perfectly and used an adjustable wrench on the handel
 

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Before I reassemble, I put the cap on top of the tube (w/o spring) and turn it CCW until I feel\hear the click then I mark this spot so that when I'm putting them on with spring I know where the threads start to engage. I find this little trick makes it easier for me to get the cap started.
 

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Guilty I boogered mine

Make sure you continue pressure until you have over a turn on her

If your doing steering head the tang on the lock washer may have damaged the threads

I cleaned them up with a triangle file and its OK
 
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