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  1. Re: seals and bushings, the bike has 1225 miles on it, bought it with 950. It's been garaged it's whole life. I'll clean 'em and grease the tube slightly for stiction: but I'm sure they're in pretty good shape.
  2. betoney: Yes, read that in a couple of places too. Easier material to work with to be sure. I grabbed some EMT only because the OD was sooo close and the general procedure is the same. I'm going to chuck my angle grinder in the vise and hand shape the cutouts, five minutes tops. I traced the OD on a piece of paper, located center of the ID with a compass, straight line through that, protractor to make a 90 deg cross line over that through the center. Placed pipe centered on diagram, marked the intersects with the outside edge, then rotated pipe on center for a 10.8 mm movement in the mark and scribed again. Wallah, four teeth. Now to grind out the space between to a depth of ..oh ... 5 mm. I'll have to tweak the teeth inward a snooge to make up for the difference in the pipe OD but I think I'm there. $2 for the pipe. a half hour spritzing the end of the pipe with leftover flat black spray paint (magic marker in toolbox was dry) to make the layout clear, scribe and grind. Saved about $300. (two tools) I think I'll have steak tomorrow night.
  3. Wow, glad you provided this! I was in the process of laying one out ... on 1" EMT (karma is real) and WAS kind of wondering about the 1.2mm diff in OD. Now that I've seen yours I think I'm on the right track, going to tweak the teeth inward a noodge. As you said, I might not need the tool, plenty of threads saying just crank down the preload and burp it with an impact. Well, could work, has worked, but my luck I'd spin the cartridge and gall the stanchion. The Ohlins don't come with a tool, (for the price they should come with condo for a week in Cabo and a date for the dance), I was going to make another tool just for those but I will have the physical cartridge right in front of my nose to measure. "Take note crowd Piotrek is in the house!" Thank you!
  4. THIS ...is NUTS! https://www.partsvu.com/damper-rod-holder-90890-01582-00.html It's a piece of 30mm tubing with notches at one end to engage the cartridge to keep it from turning while torqueing the retainer bolt. It isn't massive, it isn't built to jam into the wheels of an attacking M-1Abrams, it's just to keep a slippery hard-to-reach component from rotating until the bolt bites. Unbelievable usury. Yes, I know that Motion Pro makes one too but it's too short, disappears into the fork stanchion, requires some garage McGyvering to use it.
  5. But the NIX 30's have round feet so I guess that kind of parks the concept.
  6. I can't find a picture anywhere of an actual stock fork cartridge, much less the foot of one. Not in service manual.
  7. 46mm socket for the cap. oil level set with slurp tube (motion pro-like thing). It'll all be set before assembly. I've rethunk my original post, the damper rod rotates freely in the damper tube when hot connected to the fork cap, not much help in holding the cartridge from rotating when removing the bottom retainer bolt. Other manufacturers have a slot or groove in the bottom of the fork stanchion that mates with the cartridge foot. So other than aligning and seating the damper tube foot before cranking on the retainer bolt there're no special tools req'd. Since Yamaha offers the tool I'm assuming that design feature isn't present in my fork tubes.
  8. Ya, "some kit", pushing a grand 🙄. I'd love to do all my own machine work but I lost most of my years of acquired tools to an ex's lawyer. The cost of replacing all that and STILL doing all the work didn't make sense so opted for a "someone else figured it all out" kit. I get a lot of satisfaction making my own tools, but I can't help but grind the molars a bit when I see obscene prices for little stamped out pieces of crap (I've had that job a few times). Curse of my background. Hey all, thanks for everything!!
  9. You know, I think you're right. I was thinking (not too deeply) that with upper part of the cartridge exposed I could just grab it with a wrench on some flat and crank off the cartridge bottom bolt ... buuut the more I understand the design, the upper part of the assembly 'floats' in the lower half and could just spin on it's own. One Y'allTube video showed the guy just driver impacted that bolt off and removing the cartridge, no cartridge restraining tool in sight. But, in the story of MY life, there's at least a 50% chance that bolt and bottom cartridge assy could be like penguins, married for life, with thread lock. (*sigh*) ordering the spring compression tool ... or making one. The Ohlins don't need such a tool on their side but, I gotta get the old one out cleanly. Really? 60 beans for a tube with notches in it? Let me have a large coffee and a few minutes at the bench to see if I can duplicate that puppy. I made the damper pull up extension with a $2 nut from the hardware and a rod I had lying around. Beats $30. Made an oil level tool like the Motion Pro with bench bin surplus. The purchase of the NIX 30's with springs was hit so I'm taking it back where I can.
  10. I'm replacing the stock fork cartridges and springs on my 2019 Tracer with Ohlins. The NIX 30's have their own tool requirements. Question: if I'm essentially "gutting" the innards of the stock Yamaha fork tubes, re-using nothing, do I need to disassemble them? (remove springs using a compression tool) or can I just hold the assembly while removing the bottom cartridge bolt? This is a one -shot deal so I'm reluctant to spend money on special tools that I'd never need again. I can make my own pull-up tool and cartridge wrench.
  11. I'm replacing the stock fork cartridges and springs on my 2019 Tracer with Ohlins. The NIX 30's have their own tool requirements. Question: if I'm essentially "gutting" the innards of the stock Yamaha fork tubes, re-using nothing, do I need to disassemble them? (remove springs using a compression tool) or can I just hold the assembly while removing the bottom cartridge bolt? This is a one -shot deal so I'm reluctant to spend money on special tools that I'd never need again. I can make my own pull-up tool and cartridge wrench.
  12. (Forehead whack) discovered that the PDF'd instructions for the Pit Bull stand says THEY'RE adjustable as well.
  13. Thanks fr8dog! I'm noticing the Woodcraft pin stand is height adjustable: 22-0105 Front Stand with pin Our completely updated adjustable front triple clamp stand! The... Any advantage or NBD? (Leanin' towards the same price Pitbull as it looks better built but I DO like the bigger wheels on the Woodcraft
  14. Boy, caught this amidst a "whata-I-do?" moment. I was curious just how high a Pitbull triple tree pin lift jack would raise the bike. 'Specially after seeing a video of Moss saying one HAD to have a rear stand if using a front stand: 1:23 timestamp. dave+moss+pitbull - Bing video
  15. Or, one could slow down just a nudge for the moment. I've not modded my forks yet (like EVERYONE else on the planet seems to have 🤕$$) but to set them hard against the one chance that a meteor cratered the road in front of me since last month seems like it would ruin the other 99.9% of the ride and justify the need for rotator cuff surgery after the weekend. Maybe the OP got caught in the ol' "been this way before so I can let the big dogs run a bit" trap. Gawd knows I can point to a bunch bent metal and spots of hairless skin from when I may have been ten feet tall but no where near bulletproof. My County leaves me little "surprises" of mounds of poorly packed asphalt when they've patched potholes all the time. No problemo for Joe motorist generally but here comes Clyde Kneeslide around the corner and suddenly it's an WWS "agony-of-defeat" moment begging for a YouTube post. On a closed track we always had "practice" time, get familiar with the condition of the track before we redlined the health insurance policy, but in the real world EVERYTHING is out to get you, ride safe, ride smart and live to brag over a beer about all the near misses you avoided. Everyone leaves their mark on the world, don't let yours be in an intersection. Just sayin'.
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