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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-02-2009, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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fork oil change?

How the h**l do you compress the fork springs. I have 285lbs leaning on them and i can't get them to compress enough to get the retainer ring out.

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How the h**l do you compress the fork springs. I have 285lbs leaning on them and i can't get them to compress enough to get the retainer ring out.
Did you drain the fluid?


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No I didnt cause that is like step 10 in clymers.step 2 was compress spring and remove retaining clip.I thought of doing that,but then i figured i still wouldnt be able to compress the spring,and all i would have done was drained the oil and not been able to put new oil back in.

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Read through this thread, it will help.

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10544


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REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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Read through this thread, it will help.
Which thread Lance??

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Once again Lance you have pulled me from the flames! Your tip was right on the money.I drained the oil and it went much better.Man that oil in the forks was nasty.I changed the rear shock oil as well.I can't belive the difference in the ride,and handling.

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I did my shocks a week after the forks and if I had known how much better they (forks & shocks) were going to feel, I'd have done it all last year.

Not a hard job, and the results are impressive.
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I tried pulling the retainer on a set of 250 forks the other day and couldn't get it. Of course, they're not on the bike either, which makes it 1,000 times harder than it had to be...

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I tried pulling the retainer on a set of 250 forks the other day and couldn't get it. Of course, they're not on the bike either, which makes it 1,000 times harder than it had to be...
So how does this story end? Or has it not yet?
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