Author Topic: How do I loosen the front fork tube nuts To replace oil seals on my 90 Standard?  (Read 112 times)

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Offline Oldbikesrcool

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*Help...Please advise*
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I’ve attempted the “hose-clamp-and-hammer-strike” technique with crumpling effect(!).
I’ve attempting various opposing strap wrenches and vise grip chain strap techniques to no effect; zero budging...
Any other ideas?

Would very much appreciate any possible solutions...

-Galen
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*SUCCESS*!!!
Obviously, all results will vary...
The secret to my success; heat, vibration, grunt.

Step 1) heat. High-setting on heat gun carefully applied around threaded interface area.
Step 2) tap, tap, tap around threaded interface area of tube nut with hard plastic hammer.
Step 3) apply Klein ‘Grip-It’ strap wrench around threaded area of tube nut and set big smooth-jawed wrench to lower fork tube axle pass through boss.
Step 4) put on grippy, rubberized Atlas gloves and apply judicious opposing-force grunt twixt Upper placed strap wrench and Lower placed big wrench. Bobs yer uncle!

There’s one fork. Now to the other. Fingers crossed...

-Galen

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Congratulations and Happy Easter.

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    Where there's a will..................................... well done (or undone!) I retain the bottom end by sliding the axle through and putting it in the vice with rubber faced protectors.
 
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I'm so glad I grew up in the 60s & 70s. I did so much stupid stuff and there's no record of it.............Anywhere !!

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 Thanks gents!
I used a couple pieces of dense 3/8 plywood in the vise jaws; soft enough to not mar the paint and firm enough to not give under ‘grunt’.
Ended up doing a thorough strip-clean-re-grease-reset the headstock bearings since I was in the neighborhood.
Forks all reset and refilled with fork oil. Tonight will be the reassembly. Hopefully...
-Galen

 


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