Are fork springs under pressure?


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John S
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Are fork springs under pressure?

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I'm going to change my fork oil and I wanted to know if the springs are under pressure. When I open things up do I need some extra caution?

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Yes, just lean into them when removing.

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What do you mean by lean into them??
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CMReynolds1 wrote:What do you mean by lean into them??
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Push down on the fork cap as you loosen it. Keep your body above the wrench and get ready for it to spring up.

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Thank you Sir! I know understand what you meant.
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If it has stock springs then there will be next to nothing.The 1100,1200 and 1500 that I had you really had to get onto them,but the 1800 doesn't seem to have much.Even when I put in my Progressives there isn't a lot.Better to be on the safe side if you don't know what's in there though.
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Good heads up Chris! Thanks!
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And make sure it is on the center stand when you do it - otherwise you have the full weight of the bike on the springs, and you will be in for a very unpleasant surprise when you remove the fork caps!

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I can attest to that! I put new Progressive springs in the forks and forgot to put it on the center stand! Holy Batman what fun that turned into!!!!
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Re: Are fork springs under pressure?

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Putting it on the center stand is a must BUT you must also put something under the engine to prop the bike up. Guess what happens when the springs are removed and the weight of the bike is on the front wheel? Yup, the forks collapse and now you have the weight of the bike resting on the collapsed forks and if you are unlucky enough, you will get hit with the spring as it pops out of the last fork you took the cap off of.


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