Trouble separating front fork slider from tube


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Doolin05
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Trouble separating front fork slider from tube

Post by Doolin05 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:55 am



Best regards to one and all, hopefully someone has a solution for my problem. I’m attempting to replace the seals on my front forks on my 1980 GL 1100. I’ve removed the forks from the bike and want to separate the slider from the tube but when I turn the Allen bolt to the left to loosen it the part it’s screwed into move...it is solid when turning to the right, as if to tighten it, but rotates when I try to turn it to the left??

Thanks,
Mark



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Re: Trouble separating front fork slider from tube

Post by MikeB » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:24 pm

I use a pneumatic impact wrench to remove that bolt and have not had a problem with the entire thing rotating on the inside.

Now that it is loose inside the fork, no hand operated wrench will make it come loose by just rotating it.
Perhaps, pulling up on the inner fork tube and down on the lower fork half while using a pneumatic impact wrench will help. Sounds like a two person job.
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Re: Trouble separating front fork slider from tube

Post by RBGERSON » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:34 pm

Put the spring and cap back on and try that..failing that taking something like a broom stick and putting it in the tube and wedging/hold the lower pipe in place while trying to loosen teh bolt.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Trouble separating front fork slider from tube

Post by Doolin05 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:22 pm

Thank you for the replies...I’ve been looking a reason to pick up a impact wrench.j

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Re: Trouble separating front fork slider from tube

Post by Good Hondog » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:47 pm

If the only reason you are trying to take it apart is to replace the seals, and everything else is good, stop right there. Do it the way Honda tells us to do it. Fill the forks with ATF (or old fork oil) and compress the tubes into the legs with a press. It pops the fork seals right out in 5 seconds. I just did the same seal replacement on my 1980 last week and it couldn't have been easier or quicker. I did one leg at a time and even poured the old fork oil from one fork into the other to save using up new ATF or fork oil (fiscally responsible :P ). Just be prepared for lots of fluid to spill out when the seal comes free of the leg. Maybe set it up on an old tray to catch the spillage and keep the garage floor cleaner that way.

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Re: Trouble separating front fork slider from tube

Post by indianakid » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:50 pm

here is how i do mine with out a press. just put a block on a wall or garage door jamb at the right height and use a 2x4 for a lever. i put the fork leg in a drain pan. works like a charm.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=20278&p=111236&hilit=fork#p111236

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Re: Trouble separating front fork slider from tube

Post by Doolin05 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:35 pm

Thanks again for the excellent replies!

Best regards
Mark



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