Join Date: May 2011
Location: South Bend, Indiana, USA
Model: 84&86 Interstates. 1996 1500 SE, 1978 1000
At least you know you're up a creek. I just looked at my 96, and unfortunately, I'd say it's time to pull the forks off. No fork that I ever pulled off and down, ever had anything but that easily strippable fine thread on the caps. How much grief do you want to put yourself through, if you strip the threads? Or, have that spring loaded cap come flying at you if you didn't get more than a half turn on the cap? I've done the 1200's several times, and the 1800's, both were not easy. I have a pedestal vise, in goes the fork, a box wrench with the cap, and I end up leaning down on it while walking around the vise. Next time I do it, I'm going to build a tool to push the spring down, and hold the cap in place while I calmly screw it in.