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Forks make a metal on metal sound (for lack of better description) while sitting still and compressing them by using the front brake. They show no signs of oil leaks. Steering bearings are fine. If I need to replace oil or rebuild, can the top caps be replaced with regular hand tools and "grunting"

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Need your  bike model,  & year to really help...  You should certainly get a "Clymers "  or Honda manual to help you.... on most wings the spring in the forks is stronk enuf to hurt you ,if you are in its way... many guys create fittings  to hold themselves against the fork, as you compress ,and get that first 1/4 turn in... I have read about  fittings with the socket inside a piece of ABS pipe to hold the nut in place whilst you lean over it, and compress it .. I would certainly employ a helper for this job... SilverDave /forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/cooldj.gif
 

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megganads wrote:
Forks make a metal on metal sound (for lack of better description) while sitting still and compressing them by using the front brake. They show no signs of oil leaks. Steering bearings are fine. If I need to replace oil or rebuild, can the top caps be replaced with regular hand tools and "grunting"

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Bob
Bob, you didn't describe the sound enough to give a firm answer (can you equate the noise to something in nature, a musical instrument, or tool against something?

If that metal on metal sound is a scraping type noise as the forks go up & down it could easily be a fork spring or spring spacer washer riding against the inside of the fork tube(s).. (that is normal on some bikes)..

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If the bike has Progressive springs with the close wound end up they can make rubbing noises. You can remove the caps and springs with the fork in place. Do a search in the box above there's a fair number of postings on the subject.
 
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