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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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2015 Fork Slider Change

I'm in the middle of swapping my fork sliders to some black powder coated ones I purchased and I have hit a snag. I cannot break the allens in the forks by hand, the pinch bolts are not holding the fork tight enough to keep it from turning and I don't have air or a vice. I took the forks and the lowers to the dealership and they wanted 198 to swap the lowers fill with oil etc. Am I the only one having this much trouble breaking these bolts? The service manual doesn't describe how to break these bolts so my next stop is probably an independent shop. Just wanted to see if anyone else had this issue or had some suggestions. I posted in the fork slider thread but got no response, I'm guessing everyone else is riding!
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I have done the swap. But I have air and that was the trick. With an impact gun and the appropriate socket, it is litterally a 2 second burst on each Allen screw and then the rest can be done by hand.

Do you have any friends with air? You could even buy an electric impact gun pretty cheaply to get the same result.

Where are you located? Perhaps a member will be close by. A small pancake compressor and impact gun can be quite mobile. Since you don't need much air, the pancake compressor is plenty to run the impact gun for the quick burst you need to break the allens loose.

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As stated, an impact is about the only efficient way to break them loose. All it takes is a quick liittle zap and they come loose. Go to a harbor freight or discount tool place and pick up an electric one and you'll have it done in no time, or take your socket and forks to a buddy that has one, or even a local auto repair place and flip them $10 to break them loose if you don't want to buy the impact. Otherwise you'll be messing with those bolts for hours or days before you finally give up.
Also, if you buggered up those bolts by trying to get them out by hand, you might think about replacing them. Alot of guys will replace them, but I re-used mine.
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Just take them to you local auto garage and ask the wrench to gun them loose for you.
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Just take them to you local auto garage and ask the wrench to gun them loose for you.

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Easy enough, tighten the pinch bolts down tight, then take a long ratchet or socket wrench and give it a sharp rap with a hammer. It should break it loose very quick. Done it 100's of times like this.

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