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Old 01-08-2013, 01:07 PM   #16
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May sound silly, but did you undo the nut first before trying to reinstall with impact?

If you dont' undo it you have all that static friction to start with.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:53 PM   #17
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take it apart, chase the threads in the damper rod. clean thread boss.

make sure the bolt screws easily into the damper rod base outside of the fork assembly, and make sure the bolt goes in far enough.....

lightly lube the damper rod threads. reassemble. use flashlight to check and see damper rod threads are lined up with hole in fork lower. sometimes sealing washer gets in the way (if there is one - don't know what forks you're working on...) hand screw bolt in a bit - it should go easy and all the way in by hand almost.... then compress and impact it a bit.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:47 AM   #18
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I recently had this problem on one of the fork legs from my old GL-1100 project. I ended up using a manual impact driver (the kind you whack with a mallet) to tighten it up, and that worked very well.
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:45 AM   #19
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I had this problem once, it turned out I didn't have the internal parts assembled correctly. Double check that.

I've also used the broomstick trick. Cut one to just the right length and insert it and screw on the cap, it allows you to get some pretty good torque on it. Once it's started you SHOULD be able to tighten it up.
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