82 interstate fork lower stuck. Help!


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Srryi1
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82 interstate fork lower stuck. Help!

Postby Srryi1 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:26 pm



Hello all, I'm hoping someone can help me. I'm disassembling the forks to add new seals using the tutorial on this site. First one went no problem, drain plug came out of the bottom, removed snap ring and slammed the lower down a couple of times and the seal came right out. The other side drain plug stripped so I took the top cap off and pulled the spring out, removed and inverted the tube to drain the oil. I removed the snap ring and washer and reinstalled the tube and began slamming the lower down to remove seal, ain't happening. Sucker won't budge. Slammed the lower down for an hour until my arm went numb. Can anyome tell me if I'm missing something or maybe the bushing inside is messed up and stopping it up? Wondering If I should start checking eBay for a new upper and lower assy? Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance.



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Re: 82 interstate fork lower stuck. Help!

Postby dingdong » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:36 am

If I am reading you correctly, you couldn't remove the bolt because it is stripped. You have to get the bolt out to separate the fork. It is threaded into the upper section.
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Re: 82 interstate fork lower stuck. Help!

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:02 am

Put the spring back in.It helps hold the piston in place...I've had to use a hand impact to free one once.
Yes it has to come out to seperate the slide from the fork....

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Re: 82 interstate fork lower stuck. Help!

Postby kerryb » Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:41 pm

I just went through this same issue with my '83 gl 1100. The allen head cap screw that holds the lower in place was worn badly and in very tight. To cure the worn flats, I hammered in the next size allen wrench ( don't know the size but it fit quite snug) this gave me a grip on the screw but then the tube inside would spin. Took off the top cap, drained the oil, removed the spring, slid the inverted tube onto a wood dowel which was clamped in a vise on the floor. The wood dowel had a couple nitrile gloves folded over the top and held with rubber band for extra friction. So... while pushing down onto the dowel and turning the allen wrench with a pipe extension, the screw finally came loose from the lower. Sorry I don't have picture of the dowel and glove now, but it is still sitting in the garage and the forks are back together on the bike. let me know if you need a better description or pictures, this worked well for me.

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Re: 82 interstate fork lower stuck. Help!

Postby Srryi1 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:08 pm

Thanks for the responses. Broke a Mac tools easy out off in that screw today. Checking eBay for a new for tube assy.




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