Thanks JB.... I am not a master mechanic, but I am also not a complete idiot...so I am told. I read an article this morning on line that said you should fill the fork with water and put it under load. The pressure will pop the seal. Water is cleaner then fork oil and since you have to clean the fork before reassembly, the water should not harm the fork. Sounds like it could damage other components... interesting concept though.quote:
Take the metal retainer clip out first
you can also hold it with an old automotive belt and crank it down around the slider with a vice...the rubber gets way more grip than cloth and would break long before the slider would bend.quote:
I've always just used lots of rags to protect the legs and lowers, and secure the sliders in a vise and let it rip.
the article just suggests you push down on the fork and compress it. If you have it filled up to the top with water, it will create enough pressure. I am not going to do it. There has to be a better way.quote:
How do they propose to "put it under load"? I suppose you could thread a hydraulic fitting into the drain hole, or maybe an air line. I've always just used lots of rags to protect the legs and lowers, and secure the sliders in a vise and let it rip. The fork tube won't distort before the rubber seal breaks loose. You just need to show it who's the boss.
No access to a shop press.quote:
if you have access to a shop press (the big frame type) you can use that to force the seal out with water or oil; this is going to make a mess though. Watched this done to an upside down fork from a dirt bike that was particularly stuck, but watch out when it goes!
if at first you don't succeed, use a bigger hammer
also you can get a piece of 1" x 1/16 or 3/32 and fold it over the lip of the leg to pry against..so as not to dent the top edge , 1 good wack on the screwdriver is all I have ever had to do.quote:When the tubes are out, and the clip is removed I usually just stick a screw driver in there and pry them out. Usually they are pretty flimsy and just bend up and pop out.