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post #1 of 22 Old 05-16-2019, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Need Help Seperating Upper and Lower Fork Tubes

Left fork disassembled with one sharp tug. The right seal refuses to move. Seal retainer clip is out. Bottom bolt is removed and damper rod is on the bench. When I yank on it it also sticks together and I have to bang it down on the bench to get the upper tube to slide back in. Almost like there is no washer under the seal and the bushing is sticking in the seal. Any thoughts are most welcome.

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post #2 of 22 Old 05-16-2019, 08:04 AM
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If you are absolutely sure the clip is out along with the bottom bolt, keep it up. I found short, rapid slide hammer hits worked to get a couple of stubborn ones to give up. It does sound like a sticky bushing alright...
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Will give that a shot. Yanking on it hard isn't budging it.

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BC, Ive either held the upper tube by hand, or clamped it in soft vise jaw inserts, then used a compothane hammer on the top of the lower stachion to remove the seal. The upper tube lower bushing catches on the seal to pull it out. At times Ive had to carefully distort the upper seal with a small brass punch to get it to loosen its grip in the lower stanchion seal bore.
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Thanks Maz. Heading into town to grab a soft blow hammer and some inserts for the vice. Even short strokes have it sticking together. Will heat up the area with a hair dryer for a while too. Brake mount lug slid into my thumb on one hard tug and almost broke it. The chickens heard a lot of cursing!!

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BC, we have a store in our area, Rural King. They have the vise inserts in the tool section, about $12. 2 pairs in the kit. 1 is a set of aluminum jaws, the other is fiberg;ass-impregnated plastic. Both pairs have magnets that keep them in the vise, and both pairs have 2 positions depending on what you have and how you want it clamped. The jaws have grooves and cutouts for clamping round objects. Saves you from marring surfaces.
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Checked one of the local stores online and the aluminum with rubber face is out of stock but they have a set of the plastic ones. $22 bucks up here. Will check a discount tool place on the way there. Was thinking a 2 lb dead blow and a block of wood
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BC, I have the Olympia set shown halfway down in the advertisement. You showed the Yost set top row.
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Home depot Canada only had the Bessy's. But at a cheaper price than in the states. Usually it is the other way around. Will try after lunch at persuading it apart.

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Before I had a good fork vise I’d just clamp the tube back in the triples and then “slide hammer” the lower off.
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