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Offline Bill

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Never throw anything away
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:10:34 pm »
Removed the forks today for cleaning and new seals. Didn't have a damper rod holding tool, so started digging through my "gonna get rid of this stuff someday" boxes and came up with a bronze pipe fitting with a 15/16" hex end (23.8mm) and an old 1/2 inch extension that I had battered up using it for a drift. The 1/2" square end fit pretty snugly into the fitting, so I put a gob of JB on the end of the extension and drove into the fitting with a hammer.  The thing works like a champ, got the rods out in a jiffy.

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Re: Never throw anything away
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 12:07:20 am »
I agree.  I have a couple of "possible" boxes.  Stuff that I might possibly need in the future.

I have an air compressor and air driven ratchet and that was effective in removing that bottom bolt on my 1985 Kawasaki ZN700.  You need some sort of tool like you used if you don't have an air wrench that spins the bolt fast.

I've read on another forum that you could use a wooden mop or broom handle.

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Re: Never throw anything away
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 12:15:45 am »

I've read on another forum that you could use a wooden mop or broom handle.

A brrom handle is the only tool I've ever used to hold the inners in. But I do use an impact wrench to spin that puppy right off. So there is no problem loosening up the bolt.
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Re: Never throw anything away
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012, 11:47:55 pm »

I've read on another forum that you could use a wooden mop or broom handle.

A brrom handle is the only tool I've ever used to hold the inners in. But I do use an impact wrench to spin that puppy right off. So there is no problem loosening up the bolt.
Ditto, I did mine the last time this same way. Works like a charm
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Re: Never throw anything away
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2012, 12:00:24 am »
Wish I'd read this before I replaced my fork springs. Spent time trying to figure out what the special Kawasaki tool actually did, staring down the fork tube guessing at what size the hex might be, finding a socket (24mm) that would fit inside the fork tube (thin wall), jammed a 24mm nut into the socket with a paper shop towel, and attached to a very long half inch extension to my rachet. Could not use my impact as it was 2am and daylight people don't understand when you light an impact wrench off in the garage at that hour. My method worked great and no one lost any sleep, I just gained a few more gray hairs  :)
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