Not able to split the right front fork


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BillyBetong
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Not able to split the right front fork

Postby BillyBetong » Wed May 06, 2015 3:36 pm



Hi folks
I'm new to this forum and new to Goldwing. Hoping for some advice.

The problem is that I am not able to disassemble the right front fork on my 2002 GL1800. (The left one, was made OK)
When I try to remove the "Fork Center Bolt" to split outer and inner fork, the bolt become loose, but the stuff inside the fork turns around with the Bolt. In the manual on page 13-34 they state: "If the fork damper turns with the center bolt, temporarily install the fork spring, spring seat spacer and fork cap" . I've done but without luck. I've also used a drill to give the bolt a "shock" but still no success. Finely I tried to tighten the bolt, but it still turns around. So what do I do? Unable to loosen, unable to tighten :-(



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Re: Not able to split the right front fork

Postby Steve F » Thu May 07, 2015 6:28 am

You might want to try an air impact tool to get it loosened up FAST and with all the internal parts in place. Or take it to the dealer and have them break it loose.
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Re: Not able to split the right front fork

Postby Ghostman » Thu May 07, 2015 7:42 am

Try taking the ADV valve off and putting a screwdriver or similar into the opening against the cartridge to keep it from spinning and then try loosening it.

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Re: Not able to split the right front fork

Postby tfdeputydawg » Thu May 07, 2015 9:05 am

Ghostman wrote:Try taking the ADV valve off and putting a screwdriver or similar into the opening against the cartridge to keep it from spinning and then try loosening it.


He said it's the right fork. The ADV is on the left fork. What is my feeble mind missing????

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Re: Not able to split the right front fork

Postby Ghostman » Thu May 07, 2015 10:25 am

Tom unlike you I guess others arent allowed mistakes. Stuff happens while drinking that 1st cup of coffee. Im sure the poster understood my mistake.
Now for the poster I would assemble the fork making sure the rod and nut are tight. Now try using an air or electric impact gun on the bolt. An electric drill doesnt have the kick needed to do the job.

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Re: Not able to split the right front fork

Postby BillyBetong » Fri May 08, 2015 5:25 am

Thank you to you all for suggestions. I've made it by using Air Impact Tool. Hopefully I will be on the road again during the week-end.

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Re: Not able to split the right front fork

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri May 08, 2015 7:42 am

Ghostman wrote:Tom unlike you I guess others arent allowed mistakes.


Not sure I understand the animosity I sense in your response. I was merely questioning what I didn't understand.
Anyway, I'm good and I hope you are also.
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Re: Not able to split the right front fork

Postby paininthe10 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:27 pm

Had my 2008 with 14000 miles on her to my local Honda dealer today to get the fork seals replaced. Well they couldn't get either of mine apart so I guess the dealer thing might not help.... Could only get the tops off both shocks then dumped the oil.




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