HONDA GOLDWING GL1500-1200 Fork Spring Removal Tool (07KMF-MT20300) OEM Honda


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HONDA GOLDWING GL1500-1200 Fork Spring Removal Tool (07KMF-MT20300) OEM Honda

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Is cycle max the only place that still has and sells HONDA GOLDWING GL1500-1200 Fork Spring Removal Tool (07KMF-MT20300) OEM Honda? I have some progressive springs to changeout on my GL1500 double sidecar rig and that tool seems to be the Hassel free way to do it. The last time I saw it for sale it was only$125, now it’s almost double. Seems like a lot to spend for something I may use once.
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I put progressive forks in my 1999 SE and did it without the tool. Get a couple of friends to help or use straps around your shoulders so you can get some force on the cap.

There are also different homemade tools to help with the job on the internet, dusty boots. posted a alternative over on the Steve Saunders site.
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Just make your own out of 2x4s, allthread, and nuts, bolts, and washers. Here's some pics....
The pic with the messy background is mine being used to compress the new progressive spring into the tube. Worked like a champ. The other 2 pics were copied off the web so I could steal the design.
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Re: HONDA GOLDWING GL1500-1200 Fork Spring Removal Tool (07KMF-MT20300) OEM Honda

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Subhunter 76, I should have mentioned that I did mine with the forks installed on the bike.
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Re: HONDA GOLDWING GL1500-1200 Fork Spring Removal Tool (07KMF-MT20300) OEM Honda

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The first time I removed the fork caps on my GL1500, I did mine with the forks on the bike too. It was to replace the OEM fork springs with Progressive springs.
Since that time, I have purchased the Fork Spring Removal Tool (07KMF-MT20300). Back then I think I paid $140.

Anyway, to remove the fork caps on the bike, I first removed the windshield. Then I used a 1/2 Speed Handle Wrench to remove and fork caps.


I propped up the bike with a scissor jack to get the front wheel off the ground.


I stood on the rider pegs and positioned myself above the false tank, put my weight on the top of the speed handle to apply pressure to the fork cap so that it could be removed without damaging the threads in the fork tube. I did the same thing to reinstall the caps, paying special attention to starting the caps in the tube so that I did not cross thread the tubes. The threads are very fine.
It worked perfectly. I've serviced a few GL1500 forks since then but they have all been off the bike. The Fork Spring Removal tool, though pricey, is perfect.

If just replacing springs on the bike, a speed handle will work well providing you take your time and pay attention to detail. The threads in the fork tubes can be damaged easily. If actually servicing the forks it is best done with the forks removed from the triple trees.

One more thing, I have had fork caps that were very stubborn. The Fork Spring Removal Tool could not be clamped tight enough on the tube to keep it from turning as I tried to loosen the cap. A fork vise would have been beneficial at that time but I do not have one. To break the caps loose from their seated position, I had to hold the fork tube with a pipe wrench and use a breaker bar and a six point socket on the cap to break it loose.

Once it was loosened, the Fork Spring Removal Tool did the rest of the work. If you have to use a pipe wrench on the tube, place it between the upper and lower triple tree clamp points on the tube. Any witness marks made by the pipe wrench will not interfere with the forks re-installation and they will not be seen when mounted.
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I'm not sure what's behind the massive price increase (I bought mine when they were just over $100) but you can still buy them in many places: https://www.amazon.com/HONDA-07KMF-MT20 ... ref=sr_1_1
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WingAdmin wrote: Sun Jan 30, 2022 7:44 pm I'm not sure what's behind the massive price increase (I bought mine when they were just over $100) but you can still buy them in many places: https://www.amazon.com/HONDA-07KMF-MT20 ... ref=sr_1_1

They were $186 at Cyclemax when I got mine. Anyone in my area (El Paso/Las Cruces/Alamogordo) who needs one can borrow mine for a 12 pack.
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