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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Question Fork cap bolt removal

I need some help in removing the front fork cap bolts on my 2008 RG. I have removed the instrument and switch covers and do have the outer faring removed. How do I get access to the top of the bolts? do I need to remove the inner faring? Is there a special wrench / socket required or just an open end wrench? I have searched other posts and have not seen a comment on getting access to the bolts. Thank you for any assistance. - Gary C (hognut)
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I used an impact wrench and a 1-3/8" socket. You can probably bust it loose without an impact, but it sure comes in handy.

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I used a 1 3/8 socket ,no impact..with a 4"extenstion to get in there.

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Big open end craftsmen wrench

I just had mine off. I did have the gas tank off which gives you more room for the wrench. If you removed the ingnition switch per the manual the forks are locked. Once I had the covers all off I reassembled the ingnition sw. so I could turn the forks. Good Luck! FACE


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They shouldn't be so tight you need an impact. I also had the tank off - removed them easily with a crescent wrench.


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+1 on the adjustable wrench. We say adjustable down here, I had to google what a crescent was.lol

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Thank you all for the help. I guess the answer is to remove the gas tank. I did not see in the posts I found a mention of removing the gas tank. I will do some google searches and look on you-tube for a how-to to remove it. I may need some help when it comes time to put it all back together. I already know I messed up removing the ignition and it is out of sync - Gary C
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They shouldn't be so tight you need an impact.
Well, yeah, but if you got an impact laying there on the bench, how can you resist it? Zinggg...zing.zing...zinggggg!!


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motion pro makes a nice little socket that works great for that. its really short and very shallow so there is not so much in the way. its a little pricey for $25, but i figure i've saved enough on services that i can give the bike back $25. besides, with 2 glides i the family, i know i'll use it again

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Well, yeah, but if you got an impact laying there on the bench, how can you resist it? Zinggg...zing.zing...zinggggg!!
I really like the zing...zing way more than removing anything else but with less than 2" clearance above the bolt it would have to be a small wrench I cant even get my socket and drive on the nut right now. I can get an open end on but there is no clearance between tank and inside faring to turn it. If you had the clearance to use a socket and impact we have a big difference in the front ends Thanks for the suggestions as they do make me think about other ways to do it. Gary C
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