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Help Removing fork Cap


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I need some guidance.. I'm finally getting around to replacing the fork cartridges. I broke the right fork cap loose no problem, but I can't seem to get the left fork cap loose. My socket has already slipped once so now I'm afraid to round off the cap.
 
Any suggestions?
 
@pattonme ? @stoltecmoto ?

'15 FJ-09 w/ lots of extras...

Fayetteville, GA, USA

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Thanks @piotrek @betoney.. I will give it a try again.. otherwise I'm taking it to a shop tomorrow.

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I need some guidance.. I'm finally getting around to replacing the fork cartridges. I broke the right fork cap loose no problem, but I can't seem to get the left fork cap loose. My socket has already slipped once so now I'm afraid to round off the cap. 
Any suggestions?
 
@pattonme ? @stoltecmoto ?
Still in the steering head I assume? Loosen the upper pinch bolt if so.
 
That did it.. thanks! Credit to you too @betoney
 
So for anyone searching this in the future... leave the lower triple clamp tight and loosen the top pinch bolt before attempting to loosen the fork cap.
 

'15 FJ-09 w/ lots of extras...

Fayetteville, GA, USA

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Glad to be of help, and glad you got the fork cap off. Think of it like your front axle, if you dont loosen the front pinch bolt, you will never get the axle to turn.
 
Since you are venturing inside the fork, care to document the process and provide a step by step write up?

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Yeah I will try to put something together, @betoney.
 
Now that I'm in there... it's really not difficult. I learned taking apart the first fork so the second fork took like 15 to 20 minutes to tear down if that.
 
The manual says to replace the bushings, washer, fork oil seal, and snap ring so I'm going to run to the shop tomorrow and hope they have them in stock.. probably not 100% necessary, but i dont plan on tearing the forks down again anytime soon. This is where I'm at now.
 
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'15 FJ-09 w/ lots of extras...

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wrap some painter's (electrical?) tape around the bushing recess at the top of the silver tube so the lip doesn't chew up the new seal. you do NOT need new snap rings or washers. You'll need a seal-driver, I assume you have one? You can get a serviceable item from Cycle Gear.
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This is where I'm at now. 
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My wife wandered by as I was looking at this picture, and - jokingly, I hope - asked "why can't you just watch porn like a normal guy?"  
 
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...Out of curiosity...whose/what cartridges did you buy... changing springs too?...
I went with @pattonme intermediate DIY fork cartridges. Springs too. Can't remember which ones but I believe he went with a .9 non-progressive.
 
Also got Norwest to send me a re-valved shock and new spring. That's going on next.

'15 FJ-09 w/ lots of extras...

Fayetteville, GA, USA

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... this is porn, no?
Softcore, perhaps.  
Now THIS is porn...
 
 
FJ_Ohlins.jpg
 
 
Aprilia_Ohlins.jpg
 

Indeed... however I would be willing to bet you paid 3x the amount for that. Don't get me wrong, that would be amazing to have...
 

'15 FJ-09 w/ lots of extras...

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