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Old 12-27-2011, 09:27 AM   #1
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XR50 Fork Change Question (Fiddy forums?)

I picked up an 03 xr50 a while back and the fork bushings were shot so I picked up a whole new fork assembly (I'm sure from China) on Ebay for $60 and I tried installing it last night.

Everything was going smoothly until I got the old assembly off and I realized that Items 5, 6 & 7 wouldn't come off of the old forks. (Steering Cone, Dust Seal & Washer). I'm going to see if any shops in Houston have these today and if not then I'll order them, but it looks like at least the steering cone have to pressed on. Anyone know for sure?

There are some other things that I need to do to the bike, anyone know of some good fiddy forums?
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FWIW, it soulds like you would have been better off just buying a set of Derlin bushings to replace the old ones. It's a fairly easy process to replace them and you wouldn't have to be dealing with the that comes with chinese knock off parts. I personally don't have any experience with the chinese front ends but i'd stay away from them if i had a choice.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:19 AM   #3
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I have a set of china forks they were easy to install and for sure better than the fixing to cause a hospital trip that was on the bike.
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I have a set of china forks they were easy to install and for sure better than the fixing to cause a hospital trip that was on the bike.
What did you do about the steering cone, dust seal & washer that are supposed to go right here?

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The parts arent pressed on the OEM parts, they are stuck. Get a flathead and hammer between the dust cone and fork tube, hammer downward and spray a bunch of WD40 down there, they will come off.

For whats its worth I bought a set from a Chonda, and they are still hanging on my wall.
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The parts arent pressed on the OEM parts, they are stuck. Get a flathead and hammer between the dust cone and fork tube, hammer downward and spray a bunch of WD40 down there, they will come off.

For whats its worth I bought a set from a Chonda, and they are still hanging on my wall.
OK, I'll try that tonight. I would just buy some HD springs and longer fork but this is for my 6 year old daughter and I just want to get it riding normal.
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Update: I installed the bushings last night and it was pretty straightforward and easy. The pins holding the springs on the upper bushings were harder to get out than I expected but it wasn't too bad.

I followed the instructions in this video:

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oh yeah I forgot about those videos on 50stunt, great resource!
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