Installing fork tube caps


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Installing fork tube caps

Postby twocams » Fri Mar 18, 2016 3:58 pm



I replaced the front fork seals without removing from bike, just sliders. Needed to fill with fluid from the top. Removing the fork caps wasnt the problem. Compressing the spring and making sure the cap dont go shooting across the shop was another matter. So I went to Home Depot and got 2-- 1 1/2" abs trap adapters. Total cost was $5.12. Once the plug is screwed in, the collar will have to be cut off the bottom of plug. Or if the "O" ring seats, can be left on to be used for removing plug next time? Anyway, just flogging a dead horse, and another way to make a big job seem smaller. :shock:


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Re: Installing fork tube caps

Postby twocams » Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:26 pm

Guess one of these posts can be deleted?

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Re: Installing fork tube caps

Postby thompsoj22 » Sat Mar 19, 2016 7:41 am

sso its early and I want to be the first to ask a dumb question, the ABS fixture doesn't remain on the bike does it? :?

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Re: Installing fork tube caps

Postby twocams » Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:56 am

No, before I tighten it down im making 2 cuts with my dremel and removing. Thats why I bought 2 traps one for each side. The 2 ft. abs pipe will be used for something else/ sometime when done. Yes im out the $2.74 for the traps unless I can find those screw on collars by themselves. :roll:

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Re: Installing fork tube caps

Postby thompsoj22 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:18 am

ill admit the two pinch bolts per side on the uppers did represent expediting the fork seal process. but having to remove the cap negated the effort?. if the sliders could have been filled with the correct amount of fluid and avoided the removal of the upper cap than you would be on to something. I absolutely respect your ability and willingness to try a different approach. Either way you have a better handling bike and you did it yourself! :D

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Re: Installing fork tube caps

Postby thompsoj22 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:27 am

Hey two cams, don't get pissed at me but here is my opinion. your method of "containment" prevents you from seeing if the cap is flush/straight to the upper fork as it is buried in a plastic tube. the "average mech" using your method could cross thread the cap because they cant see it?

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Re: Installing fork tube caps

Postby twocams » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:31 am

Now, was that a pat on the back or anashitthatdidnt work. :lol: Its just another way to do it without removing the forks. And for me thats a big plus. For me once I remove the wheel and brakes ( which has to be done) getting the sliders cleaned up. Replacing the seals maybe one hr. job. Cause I been there. Remove the caps fill with oil another hr. No its not a race Im just sayin. If you're in a hurry may take less time. As far as cross threading the caps, looks like that can be a problem anyway you do it. :o

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