My front fork seals are starting to leak. Is the a fairly easy job to do? I was thinking of upgrading to Progressive front springs, or would switching to a heavier oil (say 15 wt) help stiffen the front?
My Honda service manual doesn't even mention using a special tool. It recommends "if the fork piston turns with the socket bolt, temporarily install the fork spring, spacer and fork cap".
Isn't that green area the recess? I have a tool made of an upside down bolt welded to a T-handle. The nut sits into that recess. The other way is use a bolt which fits in the recess double nutted on the end so that they won't turn. Use a long extension and a socket and put over the double nut and hold it while braking the end screw loose. I like the idea of loosen it while in the forks. If that doesn't work I do what I mentioned.
Isn't that green area the recess?
That was a great tip about loosening the bolt first before removing the forks from the bike, especially for those without the recess. Thanks for letting us know about the recess not on some.Affirmative. However the main point was that some Shadow forks don't have the recess. I suspect those forks don't have a problem removing the pesky bolt. Those that do have the issue, have the recess in the fork piston head.
And true, you could use a bolt instead of two nuts for the diy tool. A bolt though needs to be welded to the end of an all thread rod or joined to the all thread rod via a threaded coupler. Just which is easier.
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