Taking a springer apart

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03Roadking
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Taking a springer apart

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Post by 03Roadking » Tue Jun 28, 2005 1:58 am

I am having trouble with my springer (approx 48 BT) The wheel wants to flop to the left when I am sitting upright on the bike I noticed that the top of the wheel leans to the left about 4 to 5 degrees This is the first time I have really had it on the street, a friend rode along side and behind me for a few miles he asked if I was having trouble with the steering because I look like I am leaning to the right all the time. I was reading Palmer's book about taking a springer apart and I don't really like the furniture clamps that he used to compress the springs.
Has anyone come up with a better idea. I was thinking a set of C clamps with extensions welded on them that way you could compress the uppers and lowers at the same time
Anyone???



jimmie

Re: Taking a springer apart

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Post by jimmie » Tue Jun 28, 2005 4:18 am

Take a piece o f 5/16 all-thread about 8-10 inches long,drop it thru the hole in the center of the back fork where the bolt that holds the bearing plate is.attach a strap(like that crap plumbers hang pipes with)bend it around the center of the spring fork and attach it to the all-thread(you might want to protect the finish).Take a washer and a nut ,run it down the all-thread and you can compress the lower springs to your hearts delight.

Kurt
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Re: Taking a springer apart

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Post by Kurt » Tue Jun 28, 2005 7:56 am

There's a much easier way and it takes less then 5 minutes to take a fork apart. Take a tie down strap....the type with a ratchet.....feed the strap around the back of the spring perch, then under the spring fork. The ratchet should be on the front between the springs. Use a couple towels where the strap is touching the paint and also where the ratchet is so you don't scratch the paint. When the fork is assembled, it's a lot easier......just tighten the ratchet until it won't move the spring fork up anymore. Remove the rocker stud nuts and remove both rockers. (put towels between the legs to protect the paint.) Remove the top nuts and the spring retaining nuts from both spring rods (there may be a little tension on the spring, but not much, just be ready and don't aim towards the family car). Remove the top springs. Now step to the side and release the tie down strap tension. The spring fork will release quickly, but will not shoot across the room.....the strap will slow it......done.

Assembly is done the same way. You will have to push down on the upper spring a little to get the retaining nut started, but it's pretty easy to do.

We assemble approx 75 forks a month this way......no problem.

Kurt

03Roadking
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Re: Taking a springer apart

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Post by 03Roadking » Thu Jun 30, 2005 2:34 am

Thank you both for your suggestions I tried the strap but I didn't have the right kind I did have some all thread so it worked out The rod bushing on the left was stuck real bad but I managed to get it free with some liquid wrench
I was hopping the spring rod was bent but now that I have it apart they don't look bent When I took it apart the casting number was facing out when you stand it up on the ground with the casting number facing you it looks straight if I turn it around it looks like it is leaning to the left
Now I have to ask is one leg longer then the other on the spring fork? Clymer's book page 393 shows a picture of the spring fork fig 4 there are two holes at the top, right next to the spring rods the number nine is almost pointing at one If I lay a tape from the top of the hole to the center of the hole for the rocker the left is 23 1/2 the right 23 5/8 is this normal
The castings on the fork is TC 20 T F or P
the rocker on the left is SC C or A 8
The rocker on the right SC 4A
Any in put is appreciated

03Roadking
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Re: Taking a springer apart

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Post by 03Roadking » Fri Jul 01, 2005 4:33 am

I got my answer today when I took the springer to the front end specialist both the spring fork and the ridged are to be straight and even. He took about 3 to 5 seconds to say "it's bent" He will start on it in a few days

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