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Offline Soos

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removal of a fork seal with air pressure.
« on: May 09, 2009, 02:52:41 PM »
Ok mabey this is old hat...

But I have been fighting a set of KZ1000 forks.
(same basic fork design as hondas)

One I could get the lower bolt that holds the slider tube, the other, nothing.
I tried pressurizing the tube(about 50lbs) and using an impact on the bolt.
nothing.
Tried using a pipe clamp to compress the shock 'till it bottomed out, and using the impact.
nothing.

Tried whacking the bolt(with a drift) to "jar" the bolt loose.
still nothing.

Thought about heat, and thought not a good idea, since the only thing I have to heat it is either a mapp/oxy torch, or propane... flame, and fork oil, didn't think it would end well.


Got an idea to crank up the PSI on my air line to 160psi(max the compressor can do) and took a slightly buggered top cap(the thing on top that holds the spring in) drilled a hole JUST big enough for my smallest air nozzle, and shot 160PSI of air in there.

Shot that bugger off in a hearbeat.

Messy, but it was quicker(and cheaper) than having a local shop do it!


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Re: removal of a fork seal with air pressure.
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2009, 05:31:26 PM »
Take a broomstick and put it down the fork with enough pressure to hold the inner tube and undo the bottom bolt.
But we were boys, and boys will be boys, and so they will. To us, everything was dangerous, but what of that? Had we not been made to live forever?

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Re: removal of a fork seal with air pressure.
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2009, 07:02:39 AM »
I had tried that, and ended up with e ring impression from the inner tube on the broomstick.
A neighbor suggested putting a taper on the stick and it did the same still.





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Re: removal of a fork seal with air pressure.
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009, 05:02:01 PM »
Sometimes u really have to wedge it in there
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Re: removal of a fork seal with air pressure.
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2009, 07:31:36 PM »
Soak the bolt from the inside with PB Blaster (or similar) for a few days, then drive your shaved down broomstick into the lower tube, then use the impact.  It took me WAY too long to finally put those steps together and get it to work.

 

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