Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Davie, FL 33314
I am doing 3 assemblies today
I went to Home Depot and purchased a 2' piece of appropriate size PVC. Turned down the OD to fit inside of the slider (in this case a 49mm fork). Yes, you need a driver for both the top bushing and the spacer seal. You will also need to use it on the oil seal.
I use Soft Jaws and an electric impact gun to remove the fork cap. Putting your hand around the socket and fork cap and the other hand around and supporting the impact gun. Always push down slightly on the impact gun and watch out when the fork cap reaches the end of the threads and catch it with your other hand that encapsulates the socket & fork cap.
Replace the fork cap. Depending if I am replacing the fork cap on the fork and it is not a cartridge system, I push down on the impact gun and the extra weight and the socket really helps to push down on the spring. Turn very slowly and make sure you do not cross thread the fork cap and fork tube which is really hard to do. Pulsate the impact gun using low torque. Do not, under any circumstances, tighten the fork cap onto the fork tube, use a torque wrench, breaker bar, or ratchet. I have a DIY video with Amy instructing how to properly clean and R&R a fork on my site. I have never felt the need to ever use all of these other tools mentioned above. I believe my job qualifies me to offer advice here on this subject. I have the Race Tech 43mm split driver and hate it compared to the $3.00 Home Depot PVC driver but when doing inverted forks you can not use PVC and need a split driver.