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Old 03-03-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
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Any way to put forks together without the special fork tool on a Vstrom 650?

I am in the middle of replacing my stock springs with Race Tech Gold Valve Emulators and springs. Guess I didn't read the directions right and took the forks all the way apart. Apparently I could have just undone the Hex head at the bottom of the fork and that would have released the dampening rod in the very bottom. But smart me removed the dust seal, oil seal retainer etc. So now I am at the point where I need to put it all back but don't have the special Fork installer to pound it back together. Is there any way to do this? Without the special tool? Please help... Thanks


Here is a photo of what I need to put together that requires a special tool..
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:35 PM   #2
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PVC pipe that fits over the fork tube.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:11 PM   #3
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if you mean to install the top bushings, those usually push right in to the sliders if they are not installed on the tubes. the end of the tube is tapered to guide it into the bushing. the seals & retainers can stay on the tubes. install the bushings first, and ya, sometimes a PVC tube or fitting makes a decent driver if you need one

or is there something else I don't see?
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:31 PM   #4
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Sorry I don't know what all the parts are called but I needed the piece that is under the Flat Washer to be pressed into the fork. The seals just slid right in with hardly any resistance. I did end up using a Flat head screwdriver on top of the Flat Washer and worked my way around in a circle. I put some silicone spray inside the tub before seating the piece first. Worked like a charm... Hope I didn't booger anything up..
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:59 PM   #5
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Crap, just realized it wasn't silicone spray I put down the fork tube to help things slide in it was Teflon chain lube. Should I pull everything apart and just coat it with fork oil the next time? Will the Teflon spray jack things up inside?
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