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Removing Fork Caps

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Superior77, May 24, 2011.

  1. I'm trying to remove the fork caps from my '77xs650. I made this: picture attached. 10mm bolt(17mm head), nut and lock nut.

    It worked great on the first one, but I twisted the bolt on the second one. I sprayed WD40 on the cap, made another bolt and nut combination and leaned on it hard. I think I've started to twist this bolt as well. Should I be using an impact on this?
    What is suggested next?

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  2. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Yes, you may need to use an impact. I had to and broke several of my homemade tools in the process. The threads make them weak. I finally had success by making a tool using the solid unthreaded portion of the shaft on a long bolt .....

  3. I'll try that next, before I buy an impact. Thanks.
  4. blackbetty

    blackbetty XS650 Junkie

    I just went through this. Go to auto zone and buy the 3 pack of large allens, it includes a 17mm and it's like $5.

    If the cap strips, no big deal, just drill it out.
  5. you did loosen the top triple pinch bolts right....:laugh:

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  6. yes I did. I was able to remove one of them.
  7. FYI, I got a 17mm hex socket and leaned on it. Cap is off. Thanks.

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