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Offline waffey

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Steering Head Removal and Forks
« on: March 10, 2018, 12:03:49 PM »
Hi
took the forks off today. They are corroded at the top but pretty good behind the fork rubbers. See picture.

I cant get the head stock off at all, i dont want to use any brute force yet (got the pus gas out on the head stock). Why dont they just fall out or do you think they are corroded in. they move freely enough though.
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Offline hairygit

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Re: Steering Head Removal and Forks
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2018, 12:56:49 PM »
You need to remove the top yoke first, then you will see a large castellated round nut underneath. You then need to remove the large nut to release the lower yoke and bearings. Watch it though, the bearings will fall out and go everywhere!
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Re: Steering Head Removal and Forks
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2018, 01:49:52 PM »
And remove the axle stand from underneath. :P

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Re: Steering Head Removal and Forks
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2018, 02:20:38 PM »
all off now.

first issue is one bottom fork leg bolt is spinning around. any solutions out there? (don't forget i'm a newbie to this restoring/heartache lark)

The other fork leg is tripped but the bottom for is badly marked. I tried soem wet n dry. Question is do i continue with wet n dry or take it to some polishing firm?
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Re: Steering Head Removal and Forks
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2018, 04:10:04 PM »
all off now.

first issue is one bottom fork leg bolt is spinning around. any solutions out there? (don't forget i'm a newbie to this restoring/heartache lark)

The other fork leg is tripped but the bottom for is badly marked. I tried soem wet n dry. Question is do i continue with wet n dry or take it to some polishing firm?
You may get some tips by reading this thread but, then again you may not  ;D ;D
http://www.sohc.co.uk/index.php/topic,14717.0.html
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Re: Steering Head Removal and Forks
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2018, 06:37:58 PM »
thanks nurse Julie.

see the picture of one fork tube, it has some deep marks in it. Do you think they will polish out or do they need filling first with???? and then polished.

I've tried uploading an image but I get an error (it meets the criteria)
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Re: Steering Head Removal and Forks
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2018, 07:00:07 PM »
thanks nurse Julie.

see the picture of one fork tube, it has some deep marks in it. Do you think they will polish out or do they need filling first with???? and then polished.

I've tried uploading an image but I get an error (it meets the criteria)
Just had a close look at your pics Waffey and to be honest, to me, they look f****d. If they were mine, I would send them to Philpots Hard Chroming in Luton and have them re furbed.
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Offline Integra99

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Re: Steering Head Removal and Forks
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2018, 11:55:53 AM »

Those forks are done.. I bought some replacements was cheaper than rechrome and sold the old ones.  Leave top nut on a few threads and give it a few knocks with a rubber mallet.

Dont worry about the bearings if they fall out they will be tosh.. I'd replace with roller bearings! Ps you need a 3mm washer to sit under the first lower bearing on the stem, I found this out the hard way by saving money and buying the bearings direct.. think the DS ones come with the washer!

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Re: Steering Head Removal and Forks
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2018, 09:57:03 PM »
I think I paid 140 pounds for a rechrome from Philpotts.  I dropped them off and collected in person saving the postage cost and I was given a tour of the workshop  :).
The argument of new vs rechromed is you know the rechromed forks are yours and have been trued by Philpotts to check for straightness. I had a pair rechromed in 1990 by Philpotts and they are as good as new, not a mark on them.
You can also send the fork top nuts at the same time as Trigger mentions in a previous thread and they will chrome these for you.
Alternatively, buy new, keep the old forks and use them to grate cheese  ;)

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Re: Steering Head Removal and Forks
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2018, 09:44:19 PM »
I'll probably purchase new stanchions from davidsilver spares.

lower forks not sure yet whether to fill and polish, fill and paint or live with the deep marks
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