triple clamps


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triple clamps

Postby evesdropper » Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:26 am



I have a 82 Interstate that seems to have a slight bend in the triple clamps. I can get the forks in and out with some one twisting the handle bars. On my parts bike the fork tubes just slide in real easy. So I am planning to switch the triple clamps tomorrow. I read in the manual that there is a lock nut that that has a special tool to remove. My question is do I really need this tool or can I use a hammer and punch to loosen and tighten this nut. Any advice would be helpful.

Thank you Mark



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Re: triple clamps

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:36 pm

You can loosen with drift and hammer, or big locking pliers or ??? but it could be they are just misaligned once lose..insert forks adjust and re-tighten.
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Re: triple clamps

Postby evesdropper » Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:23 pm

I took the handle bars off and used a hammer a punch to remove the nut. pulled off the top triple clamp and tried to re align the clamps but still does not seem right. I can remove the next nut in the same way but do not know how I am going to re torque the nut to proper specs. I spent most of today looking at store to find a socket to fit but no luck. Any one have any ideas where I could buy one or what the nuts are called.

Thank you Mark

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Re: triple clamps

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:55 pm

evesdropper wrote:I took the handle bars off and used a hammer a punch to remove the nut. pulled off the top triple clamp and tried to re align the clamps but still does not seem right. I can remove the next nut in the same way but do not know how I am going to re torque the nut to proper specs. I spent most of today looking at store to find a socket to fit but no luck. Any one have any ideas where I could buy one or what the nuts are called.

Thank you Mark


I have found the large sockets required at NAPA (cheap) and Sears (not so cheap).

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Re: triple clamps

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:50 am

Before you lock it in place,put both forks on and secure at the top only.Use a piece of glass across the forks to check for alignment(parallel).
It's crutial they are not twisted.

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Re: triple clamps

Postby evesdropper » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:22 pm

Thanks for the tips. I made a couple sockets from abs pipes to try and torque the stem to the required 11 foot lbs but they did not make to that torque spec. Made one out of steel pipe and that seem to work. My friend had a socket he made that fits the top nut. If the weather holds I will re assemble tomorrow. Thanks again for your input.

Mark




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