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i saw the wood one you guys are using and i wanted to make something similar. i took a 1" SAE socket and notched it for the towers to sit in there. i just did this at work and won't have an opportunity to try it til Sunday. can't post a picture of it here
 

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i saw the wood one you guys are using and i wanted to make something similar. i took a 1" SAE socket and notched it for the towers to sit in there. i just did this at work and won't have an opportunity to try it til Sunday
i just use a rag.

what job are you doing sunday?...fork seals and new fluid?
 

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I must have gotten off easy, I just did it by hand on both bikes. My wife held the fork tube and I put the cap on (please don't read anything into that....).
Geeez,id love to post a reply
 

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12" x 2" (diameter) pipe.

slightly crimp one end in a vise.

Drill a 5/8" hole in the other end, and stick a 12" x 1/2" rod half way through it.

Stick folded rag over fork cap to protect the metal.

Place crimped pipe over folded rag.



Field expedient fork cap tool.
 

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12" x 2" (diameter) pipe.

slightly crimp one end in a vise.

Drill a 5/8" hole in the other end, and stick a 12" x 1/2" rod half way through it.

Stick folded rag over fork cap to protect the metal.

Place crimped pipe over folded rag.



Field expedient fork cap tool.
Timothy,everything you post is spot on
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this post has me spinning,any chance of a photo
 

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mine were really easy if i were using the stock preload spring. i pulled it out and replaced it with a solid plug to stiffen everything up. i previously used a socket and extension for this but they were still 3/8" too short. this is a steel strut in place of the spring. its hard as hell to push the cap down now because there is no give in the plug. my original idea was to change the fork caps to something that i can weld a nut on the top, drill a hole down through it and run a bolt down to tension the strut and springs. my local hyraulic shops have never seen anything with that fine of a thread pitch so i'm on plan b... or c.
 

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At the risk of oversimplifying this issue, I used a speed handle, you know that crank looking thingy.

I used the appropriate size socket and pushed the cap down by pushing down on the top of the speed handle and cranked the cap on. Seemed pretty easy to me. Press down with my left hand and cranked with my right hand while holding the tube upright with my knees. This was done with stock springs.
 

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FWIW I remember a tip on the fork caps from a while back. Marking them with a sharpie or maybe a pencil at the point the last thread is about to release as you are undoing them will give you a precise spot to restart the threads when reinstalling them. That way you don't cross those fine threads up.



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At the risk of oversimplifying this issue, I used a speed handle, you know that crank looking thingy.

I used the appropriate size socket and pushed the cap down by pushing down on the top of the speed handle and cranked the cap on. Seemed pretty easy to me. Press down with my left hand and cranked with my right hand while holding the tube upright with my knees. This was done with stock springs.


Clever idea! I like it.



FWIW I remember a tip on the fork caps from a while back. Marking them with a sharpie or maybe a pencil at the point the last thread is about to release as you are undoing them will give you a precise spot to restart the threads when reinstalling them. That way you don't cross those fine threads up.



Joel in the Couve




I did this - I put the sliders in the vice, and the just used my hands to push them back on. I replaced my springs with progressive springs. Only had it fly off twice.....



Mike
 
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