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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-22-2015, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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swapping forklegs - ignition alignment

posting this here as i think its where most peeps encounter the ignition alignment issues. mods feel free to move.
i'm considering swapping forklegs for chrome ones on my 2015 RGS, tried getting the alignment tool which for the 2014-2015 is different than the '09-'13s, interesting and enlighting conversation with Marc Parnes, super nice guy!! BTW Kutter Harley has one listed for $109!! Way too much for a guy like me that'll probably use it once!
So what if I remove the switch/knob at fork lock as per svc. manual; remove the nacelle, reinstall the switch/knob, free the forks, do the job, return to fork lock, remove knob, reinstall nacelle and knob as per svc.manual ...wheewww, tired already ..8)
this method should ensure everything remains in alignment thru the forkleg swap.
what do u guys think? any issues i missed with doing it this way?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-22-2015, 10:16 PM
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I've had my front end apart several times. I even stripped it down to replace the top triple tree mount. I've never found a need for the alignment tool. If for some reason the alignment gets messed up, I use a long thin flat blade screwdriver. I'm sure there will be a day when I wished I had the tool, but that day has yet to come. I think your method will work fine for you.

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That's exactly how I did the ignition switch too. Took it apart, removed the gauge pod then reinstalled the ignition switch then I took the pod to my painter. Mine is going to be apart for a lil while so I put the switch back together so I didn't have the alignment issue. When I get the pod back from paint I'll remove the switch again to reinstall the pod

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No need

There is no need to buy something that is totally unnecessary. I take many forks apart and put Ohlins cartridges that I modify in them. I never had to worry about using anything but a screw driver. Just Google this subject and see many How-To's on this subject.
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