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well crap. i got the drain bolt off on the right side just fine. but the bolt on the left just spins in place. i also can hear the spring moving around inside the housing when i turn the bolt. even tighting it just spins. the alen head is not damaged so the 6mm alen tool still works. any idea's?
 

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Are you confusing the Fork tube locking Allen bolt with a Fork,"Drain Bolt"?



The Allen bolts are not drain bolts.On our CX500s that don't have fork leg drain bolts on the side you just take the forks out,tip them upside down.Flush with some thinner oil or cleaner,then put back on and refill to correct amount(135 CC in my 1980 Cx500A type).



These is no need to undo the Fork leg Allen bolts unless you are going to renew the Fork seals or there is another problem.



You can usually get the Allen bolts to re-engage by refitting the spring assembly etc and top cap thus causing pressure onto them inside.



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If you look on this parts fiche for the GL Silverwing you will see that they,"Do" have a small bolt for draining in the legs which we don't have,



http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-gl500-silver-wing-1981-us_model1072/partslist/F++08.html



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I think some members, myself included, steered him wrongly in another thread.
 

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...refill to correct amount(135 CC in my 1980 Cx500A type).
According to the FSM, it should be 135cc to 140cc in the '78, as well.



Use 20wt fork oil, rather than the stock ATF. It will firm up the front end a little.



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well crap. i got the drain bolt off on the right side just fine. but the bolt on the left just spins in place. i also can hear the spring moving around inside the housing when i turn the bolt. even tighting it just spins. the alen head is not damaged so the 6mm alen tool still works. any idea's?




Extend the fork to the full length, the bolt should bite. Alternately use a piece of dowel (broom handle?) and put it down the open and to hold the bolt against the fork leg.
 

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I had this same issue a few months back with my 82 GL500. I ended up having to put a 2' piece of re-bar down the fork and clamping in place with a large woodworking bar clamp pulling the bar into the fork. A few whacks with an 18v impact gun and those puppies came right out. A dowel would also probably work, but I had the re-bar laying around.
 

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its ok, i didnt think of pulling down on the forks to make sure that they where fully extended. so if i just take the fork off and dump the fluid from the top that would work?





thank you guys for the help.
 

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its ok, i didnt think of pulling down on the forks to make sure that they where fully extended. so if i just take the fork off and dump the fluid from the top that would work?
But now that you've been spinning it around, you've deformed the crush washer, and it will probably leak. You'll need to get that bolt out, anneal or replace the washer, and reassemble.



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