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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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1994 1500 Fork Cap Install

I removed one fork cap and cannot get it back on. Stock spring sticks up out of the tube way too much and I cannot safely press down on the cap with a wood block or a socket wrench.
Would anyone know or have the tool Honda must use to do this ?
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Push down hard and turn counter clockwise until you feel it click Then thread it on.
I have also heard of people taking the springs out and putting the cap back on marking the cap and the tube where the threads catch. Then put the spring back in and line up your marks and do as stated above.

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It helps if the cap has a fitting hole, to drop a phillips screwdriver down to keep spring under cap and use deep well socket. When I do it, plank across my chest, recess to hold top of speed wrench in place, and I stand on pegs and put weight into plank.
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Push down hard and turn counter clockwise until you feel it click Then thread it on.
I have also heard of people taking the springs out and putting the cap back on marking the cap and the tube where the threads catch. Then put the spring back in and line up your marks and do as stated above.

That's the way I did it on my 1200. With the bike on the center stand. put a scissors jack under the engine to allow the fork tubes to extend completely.
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The Long Phillips screwdriver through the center hole is an excellent idea for stability but alas, there is just too much spring to deal with I cannot push it down far enough to engage the threads.
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Have you checked the length of that spring against what Honda says it should be? Is there possibly something in the fork tube keeping the spring from going all the way down?

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You need a tool like this:


Check here also: https://www.ebay.com/bhp/fork-spring-compressor


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Thanks for the links to the various spring compressing tools but I am trying to do this without removing the fork tube from the triple clamps if possible
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What I have done in the past with great success is, remove the windshield.
Stand on the rider foot pegs.
Use a Speed Handle with the appropriate socket on it.

Make sure there is a jack or something under the engine so that the forks stay fully extended.
Have a helper to steady you and the motorcycle.
Use your body weight to press down on the speed handle and get the fork cap in place.
As other have said, rotate it backwards until you feel the threads of the cap and fork tube click.
Then rotate clocklise carefully. You do not want to cross thread those very fine threads.
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By the way, the Honda spring compressor is about $180 and is available from several sources.
Part number is 07KMF-MT20300 but you have to have the fork tube off the bike.
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