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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-31-2014, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Fork lowers and sliders changeout

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I have some lower forks and sliders I would like to put on but I dread taking the fairing completely apart.

There isnt a way to change the lowers and sliders without taking the fairing off is there? I am assuming I would have to expose the fork caps in order to add fork oil.

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I have some lower forks and sliders I would like to put on but I dread taking the fairing completely apart.



There isnt a way to change the lowers and sliders without taking the fairing off is there? I am assuming I would have to expose the fork caps in order to add fork oil.



Thoughts?

No need to take the fairing off to do the sliders. Only need to disassemble the gauge cluster from the forks.


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You only need to remove the Speedo Nacelle. The remainder of the fairing doesn't need to come off. Remove the Fender * wheel- speedo Nacelle- loosen pinch bolts, remove fork caps- pull forks down & out (don't tip or you'll dump fluid.). Do your slider change- re-assemble..........Nice rainy afternoon project......

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Do you have a link on how to do that? I have taken the fairing apart a few times but I have never had the gauge cluster off.

If I can change the sliders without taking the fairing off the Forks shouldnt be a issue either? How do you seat the fork seal?

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Taking fork apart don't require removing the fairing. Just the speedo cluster and handle bars.
Recommend to buy HD manual will need tq values also good info to work with.
May want to upgrade shock while is taking apart


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I found some pictures without the gauges. Do I have to take off the ignition switch and switches to get the bottom bolts on the bar clamps?

This will be my first time doing this. Any special tools I need? I have a fork cap socket. I have a inside snap ring pliers. I have heard it can be difficult taking out the screw on the bottom on the fork.

Am I missing anything that could cause damage?

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I found some pictures without the gauges. Do I have to take off the ignition switch and switches to get the bottom bolts on the bar clamps?



This will be my first time doing this. Any special tools I need? I have a fork cap socket. I have a inside snap ring pliers. I have heard it can be difficult taking out the screw on the bottom on the fork.



Am I missing anything that could cause damage?



Joe

Yes ignition switch has to come out to get the nacelle off. Just be careful when disassembling the fork because everything is spring loaded and the cap has been known to fly across the garage.


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Do a You Tube search for "Harley Ignition Switch Removal". Video is on an 09 Street Glide. Same switch. He shows you step by step how to remove and install it using a home made tool.
As for the bottom bolt, Try breaking it loose before you loosen the pinch bolts. Just enough to know they're loose but not leaking oil all over.
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I bought ignition removal tool.. Was $25 shipped and I felt with all the money I was saving by doing the work myself it was worth having around. It worked great and from all the horror stories I heard on the problems reinstalling I was very happy having it. Literally was minutes reinstalling the ignition.

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A member on here did a YouTube video that got me through this. His name is Norseman (formerly Greatbigdude) and if you search monotube install on YouTube its 20min. Very helpful but, you will also need a tool to reinstall the fork seals. He shows how to make one out of PVC. This seems like a lot but it's not bad with a buddy, you can do it.
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