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ecarmichael
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loaner fork cap spring removal tool

Post by ecarmichael » Tue May 09, 2017 12:31 pm



Good afternoon sports fans,

Does anyone have a fork cap spring removal tool they would be willing to loan out? I am willing to pay for shipping both ways. I'm located in NW Louisiana.

Thanks!!!



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Re: loaner fork cap spring removal tool

Post by harvey01 » Tue May 09, 2017 5:07 pm

I thought that it was just a bolt you removed under the cap and then unscrew the bolt and the spring comes out. I never had a GL1500 but that is pretty standard for forks. probably a 17mm socket or wrench.
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Re: loaner fork cap spring removal tool

Post by ecarmichael » Tue May 09, 2017 5:21 pm

When I follow Wingadmin's guide in the "how-to's", he describes using this tool so you don't explode the strut when the last thread gets boogered up, thereby releasing the spring unexpectedly and it's stored up energy sends it thru the ceiling.

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Re: loaner fork cap spring removal tool

Post by spiralout » Tue May 09, 2017 10:16 pm

Here's a write up on a home made one
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=36765

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Re: loaner fork cap spring removal tool

Post by keithg64 » Wed May 10, 2017 5:29 am

It may be safer to use the tool but I have always loosened them in the triple tree. If it's oem springs in the forks there is not really alot of pressure behind the spring. If it's aftermarket springs, be careful pulling the cap off and they can be a challenge to get them together, but it can be done without the tool.
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Re: loaner fork cap spring removal tool

Post by ecarmichael » Wed May 10, 2017 8:44 am

Thanks for the tip. I found another video in one of the threads here where the chap used a towel to capture the cap, said it was like opening a bottle of champagne, thought it was a good analogy. Kinda curious just how difficult the getting the cap on really is.

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Re: loaner fork cap spring removal tool

Post by ecarmichael » Wed May 10, 2017 11:13 am

thanks for the link Spiralout!

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Re: loaner fork cap spring removal tool

Post by Dusty Boots » Wed May 10, 2017 11:57 am

When I removed my fork caps with the sagged stock OEM springs, they came flying off!!! :o

I made my own tool out of some easy to obtain materials and it worked well to take off and install the caps with new progressive springs put back in them, after installing new seals/bushings.




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Re: loaner fork cap spring removal tool

Post by maplewingnut » Wed May 10, 2017 7:52 pm

I have just installed Progressive springs in my forks,
I Kinda followed the thread here: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=36765

Made mine from a 1 3/4" tail pipe that cost $10. some threaded bar and a few nuts and washers.
Total investment less than $20 (Canadian!!)
My welding was not pretty, but it worked.

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Re: loaner fork cap spring removal tool

Post by ecarmichael » Thu May 11, 2017 11:39 am

Thanks Dusty Boots and Maplewingnut. I'll probably be headed to Lowes this weekend for a supply run, I printed out the picture of the wood blocks and threaded stock for reference.



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