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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-09-2018, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Fork spring tool needed

Can someone please lend me the fork spring tool, I would like to install Progressive springs on my limited. Thank you.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-09-2018, 10:17 PM
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No special tool needed. Pop the caps off, switch the springs and put the cap back on.

No need to take the forks off the bike.
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What is this tool for then?

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What is this tool for then?
If you weigh over a buck and a half you don't need it.
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No special tool needed. Pop the caps off, switch the springs and put the cap back on.

No need to take the forks off the bike.
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One thing I learned form my dealer when I had my 1200:
When replacing the cap, push down hard and turn the cap backwards until you feel it "click". The threads shuold be in the proper position to tighten the cap.
Definitely takes some pressure on the cap.
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My fork cap tool is a 12" chunk of 1x2 lumber with a notch cut out of the tip. It lets me use my considerable weight to force the spring down until I can get the threads to engage a few turns (see cihilb's post). Standard tools to properly seat the cap. Use quality gloves to avoid splinters
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I would still like to use the tool for this if someone can lend it to me I would greatly appreciate it and will pay for shipping ways.

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I would still like to use the tool for this if someone can lend it to me I would greatly appreciate it and will pay for shipping ways.

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I believe i have that tool with my bike id be willing to send it your way to keep just need to find it first

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For my GL 1100 I just use a 1 x2 about 18 " long with a loop of parachute cord to attach around the opposite fork for leverage, then I just lean on it and use a open end wrench to turn the cap after the threads are matched on the fork I am working on. I use leverage to compress the spring because I am not quite strong enough to do that with one hand while turning the cap with the other. My springs stick up about 1.5 to 2 inches above the forks when not compressed.
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I am currently faced with the dilemma of trying to get the fork cap back on my 1994 GL 1500. I was always able to do this by hand with my GL 1200, but on the 1500, the fork springs stick out about 6 inches with cap off. No way am I going to be able to do this without the Honda special tool unless someone else has another idea?
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