Progressive Suspension

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Progressive Suspension

Post by cbx4evr » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:10 pm

Thinking of upgrading to Progressive fork springs. Just wondering what I would be up against to do that myself.

Any special tools required to remove the fork caps safely and then to get them back on working against the spring. Can the springs be changed with the forks in the bike?


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Re: Progressive Suspension

Post by tmilam » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:11 pm

17mm allen head socket, speed wrench and a torque wrench. Find some way to take the weight off the front of the bike with it on the center stand. Front tire does not have to be off the ground, but no weight on the forks. Carefully remove the caps and old springs. Take care not to drip oil on the bike. Measure the fork oil per the instructions. Slide new springs in. Using the speed wrench and allen socket to reinstall caps. The way I did that is to stand on the pegs and apply pressure down on the speed wrench and slowly start the threads taking care not to cross-thread the caps. Torque to specs. Have done both my 1500's in the garage.

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