Progressive fork rebuild issues


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Ezz79
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Progressive fork rebuild issues

Post by Ezz79 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:15 pm



I've ran into a few issues while rebuilding the forks on my 83 gl1100. I'm trying to do this on the bike because I don't have a good vise.

1. When pulling the drain plugs, one of them stripped. Can't find a replacement... obsolete. Anyone know where to find one?

2. When separating the tubes, the bushing from the lower portion stayed on the upper fork tube on one side. On the other side it stayed in the lower portion. The bushings on the upper portion stayed in place on both sides. When putting it back together, where does the bushings need to be? I assume seated inside the lower part but, it makes it almost impossible to slide over the bushings that stayed on the upper portion. Does that make sense? What am I doing wrong?



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Hoosier Jack
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Re: Progressive fork rebuild issues

Post by Hoosier Jack » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:38 am

If you end up needing another set of forks, let me know. I think I have a couple sets and you can get them real chap.

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Re: Progressive fork rebuild issues

Post by DaveO430 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:00 am

Both bushings have to be on the tube to install them. If they are still in the lower part they have to be removed.

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Re: Progressive fork rebuild issues

Post by DaveO430 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:01 am

Hoosier Jack wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:38 am
If you end up needing another set of forks, let me know. I think I have a couple sets and you can get them real chap.
83s are 1 of a kind if you didn't know.

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Re: Progressive fork rebuild issues

Post by Ezz79 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:18 am

DaveO430 wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:00 am
Both bushings have to be on the tube to install them. If they are still in the lower part they have to be removed.
Thanks for the help. I ordered the bushings, now I need to try and remove that old one without ruining my forks.
DaveO430 wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:00 am
Both bushings have to be on the tube to install them. If they are still in the lower part they have to be removed.
I'd rather not need to replace them but its nice to know you have them.

Thanks!



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