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post #1 of 8 Old 07-14-2017, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Front fork compressed and stuck - HELP!

Hi guys an gals,

I'm servicing the front fork and after draining the fluid and letting it rest in the compressed position to completely drain, it is stuck. For the life of me I cannot get it out of the compressed position. The inner tube spins and move in and out a fraction, but it will not budge beyond that.

HELP!!! PLEASE!!
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-14-2017, 05:33 PM
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Try opening both of the air bleeds on the tops of the forks.

I'll bet you put the drain screws (bottom of the forks) back in with the forks compressed.

Now internally, the forks will be in a vacuum when you release the force you were using to keep them compressed.

That vacuum is probably strong enough to keep the springs compressed.
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Try opening both of the air bleeds on the tops of the forks.

I'll bet you put the drain screws (bottom of the forks) back in with the forks compressed.

Now internally, the forks will be in a vacuum when you release the force you were using to keep them compressed.

That vacuum is probably strong enough to keep the springs compressed.

thanks for the prompt reply bluehighways

Actually, I am replacing the springs and did not remove the bottom drain screws (which just spin since I do not have the tool that goes down inside the fork).
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-14-2017, 06:15 PM
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H-m-m-m-m-m 2008+ KLR (my bad) So you don't have the little phillips head screw drain plugs on the bottom outside of the fork tubes.

Still; if you managed to put the caps back on the fork tubes, with the fork compressed, the result would be the same. Although I would think that doing so with the springs and their spacers in the forks ought to be rather (if not extremely) difficult to do.

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I'm not giving you enough information - sorry.

2008. Caps are off, springs are out, oil is drained, fork is stuck compressed.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-14-2017, 06:26 PM
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Well?

I'm stuck now! No pun intended!
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-14-2017, 07:41 PM
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tnj4uga,
If you don't have an air compressor just put your hand around the top of the fork tube and blow.
If you have an air compressor, use it instead of lung power.

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-14-2017, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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SUCCESS!!!

I ran the axle bolt through and stepped on it for leverage. That and the combination of draining a little more fluid might have been the trick. Ultimately, though, I believe there was a section of built-up gunk between the tubes that acted like glue. A little WD-40 to clean and she's nice, shiny and moving freely!

Now back to the reason I had it apart to start with...

Thanks for the replies.
Tom
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