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How do i take this shock off?
There are 2 nuts under the adjuster..i turned the very bottom one and held the bottom of the shock but no success.
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You remove the knob… Phillips screwdriver… Catch small BB that falls out when knob is removed… Then hold bottom nut under frame, and remove top nut.
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Thanks Bill!

On a different subject, how can I quickly check to make sure i didn't a bend a fork in the front...I'm kinda worried about this.
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Kind of hard to do on a telelever front end… Do the inner tubes slide in and out of the outer cast tubes OK…. The A arm takes the hit.
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Then I pray they are straight...would I notice it immediately when riding?
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after reassembly.. stand beside the forks… moving your point of view so the fork tube farthest away slowly disappear behind the horizon of the fork closest to you. they should be perfectly parallel… that is a quick way to roughly check. On the bench with v blocks and a dial gauge is the best way… but doubt you have those tools.
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Bill,

I don't have those tools, i was just going to roll it on a flat surface and see but looks like difficult to remove them. Truly hope they are not bent to affect the handling or causing instability in high speed...crossing my fingers here..I've been putting lots of work into the bike so far, would be heartbreaking if it goes to waste...
Got the cast off and my wrist and thumb are sore and stiff, wrenching isn't helping much either lol

On a side note, the socket that I cut open will help me to accurately torque that nut to 130nm ,I'll apply red locktite as well...
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Spin them in the outers and see if they are concentric. and FYI they just slide out… you can lay the inners on a flat surface and roll them. They are not like conventional forks.. the shock does all the damping work.. they just slide into the tubes.. just don't spill the oil out of the outer tubes.
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That's great...do i just remove the steering clamp bolt one on each side for these to slide out? Are they just spring loaded,no oil inside?
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Just remove the top triple clamp and they slide out… like chrome pipe tubes... no springs.. just seals...
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I'll definitely do that. Just took a 30 min break, will head back in a few.

If i can't finish putting everything back together by Saturday,I'll be thrilled.
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You should be able to tell if they are bent without sliding them out though… just spin them in the fork outers….
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Fk!!!
As I was installing the knob the ball fell in the bike behind the battery tray and never hit the ground...I'm fked!! I will never find it.
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dont panic just go to your local hardware store they will have one close enough.
just don't loose the spring as well,
As bill said if you don't have v blocks spin the upper tubes in the lower castings
there should be absolutely no wobble. I do them on a bench while holding the lowers.
and you should also check the lowers they can be bent or cracked,
hold the uppers spin the castings and see if there is any wobble at the bottom end
good time to do the seals if they look old or cracked.
dont spill oil all over the place
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Fk!!!
As I was installing the knob the ball fell in the bike behind the battery tray and never hit the ground...I'm fked!! I will never find it.
Put a dab of grease on the next one to hold it in place during installation. It is just a detent for the knob
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Thanks guys...i hope i find something that fits. Do you what size ball it is?
She's back together in the front...everything lined up so perfectly!
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Not sure why the pic came out rotated.
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Why is the lovely lady in the background not smiling?
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They just got home from baseball and she was trying to get our son to go hit the shower...lol
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Ah.. remember that season of life… Baseball.. Mine are all grown now. Happens so quick. Congrats on getting it fixed. Now get out of the garage for awhile, and spend some time with the wife, and kiddo.
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