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Old 02-25-2012, 04:21 PM
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i have a 99 cr125, my forks where leaking so i started to rebuild them, i am at the point where i separate the two fork tubes and, as my manual says i i tried to pull/yank them apart. my dad and i spent an hour trying to pull them apart but we didnt move them more then 1/2 an inch. does anyone have any idea whats stopping them from coming apart? i want to ride and srings almost here so any advice would be awesome.
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Did you take the retaining ring out? It is under the dust seal. If you did, and it is still being stubborn, you can heat the area where the seals and bushings are with a propane torch to help get it loosened up. It takes pretty much force to get them apart sometimes. Chances are you will need new bushings too, if it is being that difficult to disassemble. You have to compress them and then "slam" them apart with a "slide hammer" technique.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:04 PM
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Like mustanger said, sometimes they are really tough to get apart. If I were you I would replace the inner and outer bushings too.
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My first time with those years ago had me going through all the things I used to tell myself about not forcing anything. Sometimes they require way more force than you can ever believe would be good for them. Then you think about how much force they are meant to absorb with compressing and uncompressing, what we can do by pulling on them no matter how it is done wont hurt them.

Floyd puts them in the clamps and goes over a pipe fence post. two tiedowns to his bumper hitch and drives away. Just don't head for the bottle barn without "unhitching" your forks, no matter what is on sale.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:18 AM
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+1 for the propane torch

I can't tell you how many times the torch has helped me out with stubborn connections.

You should have the axle boss clamped in a vice when you go to whacking. If you are just holding the other end it will not be enough resistance to overcome the tight fit.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:09 AM
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As long as you have the retaining clip out, I agree with the others.

My 2002 YZ 250 comes apart pretty easy. My son's 1998 RM 125 we had to yank the crap out of them. Way more force than I ever thought would be nessisary.

Keep at it, I have never tried heat, next time I will.
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I plan to rebuild my forks as well =]
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dont sit on your bike while you take the fork caps off.
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I have this problem at the moment. I can not seem to seperate the forks, ther retaining clip is out, and on my honda cr 125 99 the rebound bolt at the bottem of the forks has to be loose for the forks to seperate, but i can not seem to loosen it, because inside the Fork chamber i can see somethign spinning when i turn the rebound bolt, it has the rod going through it but i just cannot thing of how to hold it so i can loosen the bolt properly... any advise?
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:04 PM
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There is a holding tool that you will either need to buy or manufacture. Do a search for a homemade damping rod holder and see what turns up.
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There is a holding tool that you will either need to buy or manufacture. Do a search for a homemade damping rod holder and see what turns up.
I made one out of my wifes plastic cutting board. I looked at the tool on line and got out the saws all. Works fine!
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Cool! Can you post some pics and dimensions for anyone else that may need this tool?
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:58 AM
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I cant figure out how to attach a picture. I have also used a 18 inch crecent wrench.. The head is big enough that it locks up well against the fork tube. You simply tighten it down enough that it catches the nut on the end and holds it in place. This does not scratch the rdamper rod at all. This is real simple and most guys have a big cresent.
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