Author Topic: Fork oil change tools  (Read 688 times)

Offline SparrowHawkxx

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Re: Fork oil change tools
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2018, 06:01:34 pm »
I have studied the service manual and several write ups on removing and dissembling the forks. 
Thanks Greg for all your pictures and notes.  Really just one thing that concerns me and that is loosening the top cap.

Not much there to grab on the top cap.  Is it safe enough to use a regular 6 pt 24 mm (or 15/16”) socket with a chamfered bottom?  (I know Greg also says to use electrical tape to protect it.)
Or should you get a socket with a non-chamfered (flat) bottom.  I found one made for bicycle forks, here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072FCK567/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=   $24 on Amazon with shipping.  I do not know if it is deep enough for this top cap.

I know this is probably just common sense but nothing I have seen, in the service manual or write ups, say anything about removing the handlebars.  I do not see how you can break the top cap loose with a socket and ratchet without removing them. Am I missing something here?

The plastic wrench also looks like a good way to break it loose but you would still need to use a socket if you are going to use a torque wrench to tighten it back down.  Like most anything else I would guess it takes more torque to break it loose than to torque  back to spec so maybe that could be done before you put the fork back in the clamps.??

I will be removing fork legs soon on my 2013 Tenere. I got all the tools and parts to replace seals, bushings, and oil.
This past May (2017) on day 3 of an 18 day trip to the west coast I had a small oil leak on the right side fork.  I cleaned the seal out with my Seal Doctor and only saw a few very small black specs come out. Probably some of the coating on the bushings.  It was probably less than an ounce of oil lost.  It has not leaked anymore since then. Currently 64,000 miles on the bike.
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Offline OldRider

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Re: Fork oil change tools
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2018, 07:34:22 pm »
The plastic wrench also looks like a good way to break it loose but you would still need to use a socket if you are going to use a torque wrench to tighten it back down.  Like most anything else I would guess it takes more torque to break it loose than to torque  back to spec so maybe that could be done before you put the fork back in the clamps.??

No torque wrench needed, just get it good and snug and it will be fine.

Offline SparrowHawkxx

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Re: Fork oil change tools
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2018, 07:54:57 pm »
Thanks OldRider!
So I should be able to just break it loose with a wrench and leave the handlebars alone. Not that it's a big deal but just something else you don't have to mess with.


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Re: Fork oil change tools
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2018, 12:34:58 pm »
The more area the socket has, the better it will work.  The electrical tape helps.
it's stupid soft metal, so may marr a bit.
My tops looked like a hamster chewed on them after 5 or six oil changes ::025::

Take your time, and all will be good.
You can also take the bars off, slide the forks up enough to fit the wrench on the top cap, and snug up your bottom fork pinch bolts, and undo it on the bike.
It's a bit more dodgy in the vice.
Once you put it back together, just snug up the top cap.  The top fork triple pinch bolts will hold all of it in place,



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Offline Random_Rockfish

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Re: Fork oil change tools
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2018, 01:16:15 pm »
So 24mm is the size of the cap nut?

If so, I'm going to just buy a plastic one and see how it goes.

Offline greg the pole

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Re: Fork oil change tools
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2018, 09:20:34 am »
not 100% sure.
I'd check, but I sold the bike ::025::
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Offline RCinNC

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Re: Fork oil change tools
« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2018, 12:16:22 pm »
Yes, it's 24mm.
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Offline Random_Rockfish

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Re: Fork oil change tools
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