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Installing fork springs

Can I install new fork springs without buying the special tool?

I know I am a cheap bastid, I only want to save on the tool to buy something else for the bike instead

If the tool is needed wich one should I get?

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Re: Installing fork springs

you'll need two people and one had better have strong hands.
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Re: Installing fork springs

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you'll need two people and one had better have strong hands.
I dont know if its even remotely related but when I changed out the springs on my Seca last winter I had to have my dad hold the tube while I took the cap and had to press and twist the stupid thing on. What a pain in the butt that was.
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Re: Installing fork springs

Don'e need the tool. 2 people do make it easier but I have always done the forks by myself. You usually have to cut some of the upper (plastic)spacer off though.

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Re: Installing fork springs

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Don'e need the tool. 2 people do make it easier but I have always done the forks by myself. You usually have to cut some of the upper (plastic)spacer off though.

why cut it?

I thaught it was exact fit since they ask for the specific model?

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Re: Installing fork springs

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why cut it?

I thaught it was exact fit since they ask for the specific model?

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Depends on the springs. If they aren't the same length you have to adjust the space to compensate. My Race Techs were longer than stock, I think Ohlins may be the same length.
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Re: Installing fork springs

Exactly. If specs call for (let's say) 10mm preload and you take all measurements and see that you will have 25mm preload, you have to cut 15mm off the spacer. If you have 10mm without cutting, you are done! Hell, I think it would be damn near impossible to have some springs in some bikes if you didn't alter the spacer.

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