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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Front fork dis-assembly question.

I'm in the middle of the Mono tube job and ran into a problem getting the upper plug out of the fork tube. What tool other than the MOCO tube holding tool are you guys using to hold your tubes steady enough to remove the upper tube plug?

I tried to slide the tube back in the triple trees and use the pinch bold but dont have much room to get at the plug then.

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I used the Jim's tool to hold the fork in a vise.I loosened the caps with an adjustable wrench held at an angle while they were still in the trees.you could also use a 1/2 breaker bar and an extension if you got a socket big enough to fit the caps.they'll be metric for sure.I think if you really wanted to,you could use a socket designed for hub nuts on front wheel drive cars, should be available at auto parts stores.sometimes even for rent.


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Brake the caps loose with a socket befor you remove the forks.

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Big_gary I left the down tube in the triple tree clamped so I could loosen the upper fork nut then I removed it from the triple tree and finished loosening and removing the nut, be careful the cap is under pressure so as you remove it don't let it hit you, then I repeated the process to tighten when finished. Hope this helps

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Not having problems with the 36 mm Caps , it's the plug that the caps screw into.

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Big_gary I left the down tube in the triple tree clamped so I could loosen the upper fork nut then I removed it from the triple tree and finished loosening and removing the nut, be careful the cap is under pressure so as you remove it don't let it hit you, then I repeated the process to tighten when finished. Hope this helps
I tried that. How did you get on the plug ?

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I used the Jim's tool to hold the fork in a vise.I loosened the caps with an adjustable wrench held at an angle while they were still in the trees.you could also use a 1/2 breaker bar and an extension if you got a socket big enough to fit the caps.they'll be metric for sure.I think if you really wanted to,you could use a socket designed for hub nuts on front wheel drive cars, should be available at auto parts stores.sometimes even for rent.
Was looking for a home made JIMS / MOCO vise tool, I have neither. I do have a bench vice , but don't want to mess up the tubes. I didn't think the plug would be this tight. I tried using some towels around the tubes in the bench vise and it just turns when I go to loosen the plug. I don't want to apply much more pressure on the tubs between the vise jaws .

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I tried that. How did you get on the cap ?
I loosened the triple tree after removing the top cap and slid the tube down till I could but on my fork cap socket with extension threw the upper tree then retightened the triple tree to hold the tube then loosened the cap. If you don't have the fork cap socket you can remove your gas tank to get access to the nut with a wrench after you lower the tube.

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If you have an old innertube you can cut a strip to wrap the tube in then put it in the vise. The rubber protects the tube and also prevents it from rotating in the vise.


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