Weird Fork Oil Change Accident


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mytown
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Weird Fork Oil Change Accident

Post by mytown » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:18 am



Was using my handy tool to remove the fork caps:
The right one came off no problem. But this happened the moment the left one came loose:
The bike was on the center stand, but I imagine after removing the air and oil from the forks they had collapsed enough so as to put weight on the front tire. Once the spring tension released It quickly dropped and then slowly rolled forward. I was able to grab the handlebars before the bike fell over and prop it up with a nearby workbench. The front brake hose union is now pressing down onto front fender.



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Re: Weird Fork Oil Change Accident

Post by indianakid » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:07 pm

there is nothing weird about it. that is what will happen if the bike is not properly supported to take the weight off of the front wheel. when working on the front end i use a jack under the front of the engine (with a wood block of course) to lift the wheel off of the ground. i also use a tie down strap from the bottom of the center stand to the front engine guard to keep the center stand from folding back. sorry this had to happen to you. i hope the rest of the project went well.

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Re: Weird Fork Oil Change Accident

Post by RBGERSON » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:19 am

+1 the bike has to be jack up off the ground..front wheel at least. While on the center stand if you have someone sit on the bike that will do it or some cement blocks but the correct way is with a bike jack under the engine.
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Re: Weird Fork Oil Change Accident

Post by MikeB » Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:52 am

I am willing to bet you will not make that mistake again.
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Re: Weird Fork Oil Change Accident

Post by mytown » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:36 pm

MikeB wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:52 am
I am willing to bet you will not make that mistake again.
I will not. It took a while to find the cap. It obviously had flown past or over my head. Could have taken out an eye or worse, my dentures.

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Re: Weird Fork Oil Change Accident

Post by thrasherg » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:30 am

Just to be clear, this will happen to all bikes, not just the wing, if there is any weight on the front wheel when you unscrew the fork caps, the front end will collapse as the cap unscrews from the fork. You must always find a way to take all weight of the front wheel before you loosen the fork clamps, unscrew the fork caps or generally do any work on the forks or steering head.. Glad you weren't hurt, and as stated, you won't do that again!! Hope the rest of the maintenance goes as planned.

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Re: Weird Fork Oil Change Accident

Post by DWade1990 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:35 pm

I did that my first time changing fork oil on my CB750. Took the cap blow right in the middle of my chest. I'll never do that again!

One side at a time from now on!



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