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post #1 of 9 Old 06-19-2009, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Sonic fork springs?

I haven't searched them up yet (I'm at work, LOL) but how hard are these to install? My bike is new, and I really didn't want to take the forks off and change the oil right now. I've changed springs before, but not on a cartrage-type fork. Cheers-BB

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Changing Front Springs

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If you're too lazy to search and too impatient to wait until you have time to search then you're too lazy and impatient to install the springs yourself.

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I did it the lazy way since I had limited time, tools & money. I took off the handlebars, fork caps, springs & spacers & syphoned out all the fork oil I could & put in new oil & springs, then reassembled. I don't remember what length I cut the spacers to. I did have to hoist the front end to get the new springs in. I learned the hard way that you must hoist it BEFORE you remove the fork caps. Otherwise that second cap flies up & hits the ceiling & the triple clamp hits the fork seals. Something I would have known had I given it any thought first. :rolleyes:

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I did it the lazy way since I had limited time, tools & money. I took off the handlebars, fork caps, springs & spacers & syphoned out all the fork oil I could & put in new oil & springs, then reassembled. I don't remember what length I cut the spacers to. I did have to hoist the front end to get the new springs in. I learned the hard way that you must hoist it BEFORE you remove the fork caps. Otherwise that second cap flies up & hits the ceiling & the triple clamp hits the fork seals. Something I would have known had I given it any thought first. :rolleyes:
You did not remove all of the oil using this method. There is still a fair amount of fork oil down inside the dampening assembly.

To remove all of the oil, the forks have to removed from the bike. The forks need to be "pumped" by hand to purge the rest of the oil out of the tubes.

Normally, I wouldn't bother to respond to someone who has chosen to work on their bike the "lazy way". However, this could be a safety issue. It's not that I am concerned about you and your choices, but your choices may hurt someone that I do care about.

Do the job right.

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Well, the OP was too lazy to mention whether he has a 650 or a 1000 so any discussion of the actual work is a waste of time. He does mention that it is a "cartridge" type, which means he's referring to a 1000 so you 650 guys are not offering a whole lot of help. Of course, the cartridge referral assumes he has a clue as to what he's talking about and, very often, that's not necessarily the case.

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If you're too lazy to search and too impatient to wait until you have time to search then you're too lazy and impatient to install the springs yourself.
Sorry, I had less than 3 minutes to search before my internet time was shut off. I really wanted to find out if these were as good as everyone talks them up to be. I put a set of Progressives in a previous bike and wasn't all that impressed. Some people do work overtime, and @ six days a week, I don't have a whole lot of free time, when I do I ride. I guess working 65+ hours a week I'm just to lazy! BB

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I did it the lazy way since I had limited time, tools & money. I took off the handlebars, fork caps, springs & spacers & syphoned out all the fork oil I could & put in new oil & springs, then reassembled. I don't remember what length I cut the spacers to. I did have to hoist the front end to get the new springs in. I learned the hard way that you must hoist it BEFORE you remove the fork caps. Otherwise that second cap flies up & hits the ceiling & the triple clamp hits the fork seals. Something I would have known had I given it any thought first. :rolleyes:
Thanks for the info!!! I was going to probably do the same as you! My other bike had drain holes in the bottom of the forks, made life much easier. Cheers-BB

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