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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-02-2006, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tips on removing top fork cap for fluid replace

Okay bear with me all you VN750 guru's.

This is an awesome forum and I really appreciate all the feedback thus far. I'm trying to get the confidence to do some maintenance that until previously reading here had no idea I needed to do. Soooooo one of the first things I want to do is replace the fork oil, I already do the oil, but now know to use the side drain INSTEAD of the bottom one, OOPPS!

But back to the fork oil change, how the heck do you get off the top cap on the fork????

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Here you go, First put the bike on the center stand. Wut a jack under the motor to tip the bike back to get the front wheel off the ground. The top caps unscrew and reviel anothe cap, this is the real cap the other one is a dust cap. Helps if you have 2 people. there is a drain on the back bottom of the fork, you can remove it and let the oil drain. To get the top cap off takes care. YOu have to push it down, I used a socket and a extention. You may have to tap it with a hammer, there is a clip under the cap you have to remove. I used a small hook tool, Be careful not to loose any part. I recomend getting new clips about $4 each. The cap is undeer the pr4essure of the springs so dont let it go or you will be searching for it, I will fly. This is where you fill the shopcks from after you have reinstalled the drain plug. Here are a few picts when Bulldog and myself did his, we removed the forkes because his seals were leaking.
http://www.bulldogsbike.com/forkseals.htm
I hope this helps, I would get a Clymers manual and follow, I might have mised a step.

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Thanks I do already have a Clymer manual and plan to review, review and then review the procedure some more before delving into it.

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I put a socket on top of the inside cap. Put a towel under the handle bar. Then used a short pry bar under the handlebar and on top of the cap. Came out in a second very easily and under control. The reverse to re-install. Only need one hand to pry, and one to put the snap ring back in.

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I put a socket on top of the inside cap. Put a towel under the handle bar. Then used a short pry bar under the handlebar and on top of the cap. Came out in a second very easily and under control. The reverse to re-install. Only need one hand to pry, and one to put the snap ring back in.

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Great Idea, Last time I did one the forkes were out of the bike to replace seals.

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Great Idea, Last time I did one the forkes were out of the bike to replace seals.
Easier to let the triple clamps hold the fork tubes.

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Thanks Jon I think I know what you mean?
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Easier to let the triple clamps hold the fork tubes.

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True but you have to remove them to replace the seals.

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True but you have to remove them to replace the seals.
Right, but easier to get the caps out with the forks on the bike, then take off the forks, change seals, put forks back on the bike, reinstall the caps. Its like having a really steady second pair of hands.

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Hi all, I am getting ready to this myself. After the success of the rear spline job I thought I could handle this! I picked up the oil at the shop today and asked how much oil per fork and they said 2.3 oz. I said that seemed low but they said that was what it was. However, I just read in my Clymer's that it says 10.48 - 10.82 oz. I'm leaning towards the Clymer's on this one. Any thoughts anyone?

Also the book says to remove the wheel/fender but is this necessary for just a fluid change and not a seal change? Thanks for any assistance!

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