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Old 06-04-2009, 08:17 PM   #46
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:54 PM   #47
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Mostly because I've been too lazy to take my forks apart, do the crimps on the damper tube prevent you from removing the damping rod?
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:01 PM   #48
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Mostly because I've been too lazy to take my forks apart, do the crimps on the damper tube prevent you from removing the damping rod?

Yes, and that's part of the problem.
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:35 PM   #49
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INSTALLED AND TESTED........sorta.

These are stupid easy to install fellas and the directions are spot on. The only blank you'll draw is tightening the cartdrige units to the sliders. They of course will spin. Use (lightly) an impact wrench. Done.

So those of us without a compressor/impact wrench won't be able to install ourselves?
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:32 AM   #50
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Mostly because I've been too lazy to take my forks apart, do the crimps on the damper tube prevent you from removing the damping rod?
bxr,
Yes, thats where the female threads are housed. Crimped to hold it in there I guess.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:41 AM   #51
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So those of us without a compressor/impact wrench won't be able to install ourselves?
Yea John, but, you can get an electric one from Harbour Frieght for next to nothing. So dont let that stop you. If you bring it to a suspension shop to install, they will do the same thing. Using an impact wrench to loosen and tighten flywheels is also a common practice, because unless you have the special tool, there is no way to stop the shaft from spining.
Again, this is a very easy, quick swap out. Remember to loosen the original fork caps before you loosen the tripples, it will act like a vise for you. Taking the forks off and on the bike was very easy. Remove front wheel, take off calipers, remover front fender, loosen caps, loosen tripples, slide forks out. Instuctions were short and easy to follow.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:43 AM   #52
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And for you fellas looking for your spring rates, here's the email I just recieved from Bitubo:

Dear Mr Reinbold,

Thank you very much for your e-mail.
Our fork cartridge kit is studied for a “standard” weight between 65Kg and 85 Kg. If your weight does not belong to this standard, you can mention in your order the exact weight and our technicians will study the most proper solution for you.
By the way, where are you writing from? I could give you the address of our importer in your country for getting more details and get your order.
Please let me know,


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Tel.: +39 049 9903475 int. 203 or 1
Fax.: +39 049 9903447
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Web: http://www.bitubo.com


So mine fall into my weight catogory. I'm 168 nude. And I ride nude a lot.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:00 AM   #53
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Here is the phone # of the US dealer. Super nice guy and BMW dealership owner.
610-562-3155
For under $550, you cant beat it.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:18 AM   #54
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:39 AM   #55
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Hey thanks for the feedback and pics! That's the trouble with this site.. I see, and I want!

The installation sounds simple enough, but a step by step pictorial would have been a tremendous help for some of us with a challenged imagination, like where exactly does the impact wrench come into play and how.

If you remove them and reinstall, please keep us in mind.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:48 AM   #56
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Trust me, you will not be wondering "what do I do next". In any event, if anyone does just pm me.
Herre's the part your asking about GB.
The new gas charged cartdridge, you slip itno the fork tubes and it sits on the bottom of the tube. Well there is a hole down there, because you already removed the hex head bolt to remove the old one. Now you put the bolt back in to hold the new one in place. But when you tighten the bolt the new cartdridge will want to spin with the bolt and you cant hold it to stop it because it's inside your fork tube and your hands wont fit in there. So what you di is use an impact wrench. They spin bolts so fast the cartdridge cant keep up and it will tighten nicely. This is a comon way of tightening things like this, such as flywheels.
Dont be worried about doing this guys, I promise its super easy and if I can do it, so can your daughter.
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:14 AM   #57
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Thanks for 'splainin'.. I do have a compressor and impact wrench! Any specific torque setting for that bolt?
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It wont take much torque to tighten them. Look under your forks now and you will see the hex head bolt I am referring to. That is what holds the present and new cartdriges in place. The cartdridge is shorter than the fork tube, so it's impossible to hold it will you tighten the bolt back up. An impact wrench will do the trick. First finger tighten the bolt though of course. No locktite !
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:26 AM   #59
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Thanks for 'splainin'.. I do have a compressor and impact wrench! Any specific torque setting for that bolt?

Damper unit to slider tube

M10 x 25 - 10.9

with sealing ring
50 Nm



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Old 06-05-2009, 06:30 AM   #60
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Yes, but your not going to know using an impact gun, so dont worry. It simply holds the cartdridge in place and the washer prevents oil seepage. Its not criticle. Again, even if you bring your forks to a shop, they will do the excact same thing.
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