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Fork Stem Cap Removal (FXDWG)

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Old 01-13-2008, 01:58 PM
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How do you removethe front fork stem cap?

I'm baffled, and the service manual is no help. I'm tryingto access the adjuster nut to correct the front end "fall away."

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Old 01-13-2008, 02:17 PM
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if you are talking about the cap on top of the upper tripple tree, and just under the handle bar, and about 1.5 inch across, than

it just unscrews. there is like a 1/4 20 bolt welded in the center going straight down. and the cap is like a small paint can top.

to take off just unscrew like any bolt. you may need a strap wrench or slip joint pliers with something that wont scratch like an old leather belt.

found this out when the dealer left mine loose after not fixing the noise.

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That gave me troubles for a few minutes also... Sometimes the simplesolution isn't so obvious...


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Ya see ! thanks boyz I need to adjust my fall away and found this post with the search function!!!
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Is this the same cap where you replace the washer to get rid of the front end "clunk"? Thats next on my to do list.

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Originally Posted by impala View Post
... to take off just unscrew like any bolt. you may need a strap wrench or slip joint pliers with something that wont scratch like an old leather belt...
You can improvise with an appropriate size hose clamp; don't forget leather or rubber to protect the finish.
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Who knew? Was trying to figure it out how to get the cap off and accidentally did. Looked all over the internet and couldn't find anything. The parts catalog and maintenance manual do not show this or describe it. Should have searched "stem cap removal" to begin with. Was looking at "triple tree removal". Oh...and used duct tape. Wasn't that tight.

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Yepper, got stumped by this one, too. Gripped mine real tight and gave it a twist...waa-LA!

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used one of those rubber grip things (like you use to open stubburn pickle jars)--found it in the kitchen utensil drawer, now its in my tool chest ;-)

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