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Old 08-19-2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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Question Removing Forks

About to pull the forks off to get them serviced in the week or so. Anyone have a step by step guide on how to do this? I'm thinking I've got to put it on the stand, remove the brakes, wheels, loosen the bolts, and just slide them out. Correct?

Also, will be removing the rear shock as well to do the same and not sure how to proceed


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Old 08-19-2008, 12:15 PM   #2
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Dude, U dont know how to do this? Its all common sense, U got the basic idea down, or bring it to someone, me or Patrick, I am assuming he is doing the job, let him do it all
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the rear is a bit more complex but if you have a few sets of jacks it will help. Now, make sure the bike is secured cause with no front wheel and rear swing arm support it gets really crazy. You need some pitbulls that hold the frame, if you are supporting the bike from the engine be careful, jacks, tie downs, mmmmm you sure you want to take the shock by yourself?
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Just take it in to Motorcycles Unlimited and let them do it. That way you know it is done right. I hate thinking about my bike while I'm riding.

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the rear is a bit more complex but if you have a few sets of jacks it will help. Now, make sure the bike is secured cause with no front wheel and rear swing arm support it gets really crazy. You need some pitbulls that hold the frame, if you are supporting the bike from the engine be careful, jacks, tie downs, mmmmm you sure you want to take the shock by yourself?
I have a fork lift i can use. Think that would work with some straps?
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Old 08-19-2008, 12:21 PM   #6
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I have a fork lift i can use. Think that would work with some straps?

That can work just don't damage the exhaust, remmeber that once you take the shock the swing arm will be loose, hard to explain how to take it of with words but just the the screws off LOL , is really easy but the hard part is putting it back cause of the swing arm. If someone is helping is easier. Don't forget to tight the nuts and screws at torque specs and loc tite is your friend.
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I can picture the forklift thing right now! But hey I bet it would work!

I could use the good info also. I will be doing the same on my 636 pretty soon. . . .
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It's easy, I did it with a broken back, like 3 months after the wreck.
and those fukers were BENT.


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the rear shock is really easy. lift rear of bike from swing arm, as high as you can. take about 2ft of 7/16'th threaded rod and slide it through the hollow swingarm pivot. support the rod with a jack stand on both sides of the bike. you can now take off the wheel, rear brake caliper, etc. then remove the lower shock mounting bolt. lower swing arm to gain better access to top bolt, and remove. move around swingarm as neccessary to slide the rear shock out. some have to go through the top, others through the bottom, so you'll have to figure that out on ur own. good luck!
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Come on Martin!!! Front forks are a cinch!!! If you need help, let a brother know....rear shock I have yet to take down though.
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whatever works....I used garage rafters and straps to pull/install the motor on my old ZX7. LOL!
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the last time i used my weight bench squat rack and bar and some straps cuz my other bike was on my pitbull front-stem stand.
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My front stand holds the bike up throught the triples so I should be good. Cliff we doing beers tonight to discuss this?
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Use the pit bull front under the triple and put a standard rear stand, remove front forks as usual. For the shock put it on rear stand and i just used the rafter meathod for the rear but only pick it up about 1 inch from a solid point on the bike and removed the rear shock. Dont pick it up too far just in case it would fall. That way it does not have too far to go.
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My front stand holds the bike up throught the triples so I should be good. Cliff we doing beers tonight to discuss this?
weather permitting, that is affirmative...
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Use your pitbull for the front and as Secret Agent suggested, run a rod through the frame hole or subframe and then unload the rear wheel just a bit by supporting the rod with some jack stands.
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