Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Kingston, Ont., Canada 🇨🇦 eh
I did my forks a couple weeks ago. I loosened the 6mm bolts while the forks where still attached to the bike. Was no problem. It was the first time for removal since the bike was new back in 08. Still had to use my wood vice on the shiny upper part of the forks to be able to remove the upper caps. The caps are not under a lot of pressure but no way to stop the tubes from spinning. I used an appropriate sized ABS pipe coupler to get the upper bushing started. Tried the Fred Harmon piece of wood thing to try and start the bushing but that was a world of frustration for me. The ABS coupler made the task so easy. The only issue I had was the tapered inside of the coupler would compress the bushing perfectly and allow it to start the bushing BUT would bite onto the bushing enough that when I went to remove the coupler the bushing would come back up from its groove. I fixed this problem by very gently starting the bushing in its groove then remove the coupler off the bushing, then I would slide one of the forks metal washers onto the bushing then drive it home with the ABS coupler. Fork oil to lube the new bushings and seals is recommended. As for air tools......personally I wouldn't use air tools on any nut or bolt on any motorcycle!!
2008 gl1800 black abs, comfort pkg., nav, cb.
Kuryakyn centrefold (not my idea).
motorcyclist not a biker.
Last edited by Bluecyclone; 04-20-2017 at 04:58 AM.