|07-18-2001, 11:27 PM||#1|
Joined: Jul 2001
Location: Marin County, California
installing new springs
I'll be upgrading the front suspension with progressive springs and just want to chack if there are any caveats to the operation.
Seems pretty simple to me:
Drain the forks
Loosen the top yoke
Unscrew the cap
The progressive instructions call for a spacer. What do you use? I was going to try to find some PVC pipe that would fit.
Am I missing anything?
|07-19-2001, 12:50 AM||#2|
Joined: Jul 2001
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Installing new fork springs is actually not very difficult, just a bit tricky. First of all, remove the gas tank - a few screws will always follow gravity, and I prefer if they fall on the engine block instead of scratching my bike's gas tank. In addition, you may want to loosen the handlebar as it is somewhat "in the way" to remove the caps from the fork. Take care not to "tip over" the bar anyway - you may get air bubbles in the brake system, or brake liquid may leak out.
Next, remove the huge screws that hold the turning lights in place. No need to loosen the yoke; I'd even say no need to drain the forks.
Now, you need an Allen key of 17 mmm (!). Instead of buying such a huge thing you may simply get a short (20...30 mm) screw with 17-mm head and fix two nuts of the same size to that. Use a 17-mm socket, not a conventional wrench, to remove the caps that close the fork, and take care as the two caps are spring-loaded. Remove the springs, get the new ones in (observe direction), and put the whole thing together again.
More detailed instructions on my web page: http://www.diax.ch/users/joerg.hau/mot/r80gs.htm#fork
Joerg screwed with this post 07-19-2001 at 02:31 AM
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