Originally Posted by blacktiger
While we're on forks..... Anyone had their XC forks apart?
I wanted to perhaps reduce the preload (cut down any spacer in there) and/or remove some oil to make them a little softer and, hopefully, make the ride less jittery on the road. When I unscrewed one of the top caps, it didn't want to come off. When it reached the top of the thread it snapped back as if it was being held down by something inside.
Any clues anyone?
You need to pull the forks completely off the bike. Once you do that, you can collapse the fork, which will push the spring up and the cap. I'm not thinking there's any retainer. The spring may just be stuck inside the cap. Furthermore, the spacer (if there is one) will probably be at the bottom, which means dumping the oil and refilling. You'll need a fork oil tool
, to set the air gap.