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top tripple tree is stuck

Putting on some new clipons and the top tripple will not budge. Took of ss nut and loosened the other two. Tried rubber mallet some lube and still nothing. Probbably has never been off. Any sugestions?

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Loosen the lower triple bolts? Wheel on or off?



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Is the bike still on the ground?...if so lock down the back end, strap it down and get the front off of the ground. A jack under the motor will work well.



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Is the bike still on the ground?...if so lock down the back end, strap it down and get the front off of the ground. A jack under the motor will work well.
This helped me out a lot. Just put some vortex clip ons on a few weeks ago. I had the Same problem with the triple tree. I ended up using two 3' pry bars, and 2 rubber mallets. Had to go in from under the front fairing, put one pry bar on either side of the tree, but wrap a cloth around the end of the pry bar so you don't break the tree, and had to have my room mate tap on one pry bar while I tapped on the other at the same time. Took like 10 seconds, versus the 40 min I spent trying to do it myself lol.
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I found it easier to pull the front wheel and slide the forks down. (PM the front wheel bearings/seals while you are in there. Seems like the long way around the barn but you can accomplish a lot more pm items and get the new clips installed a bit easier.

Guess I have been lucky so far to never have used a pry bar on anything on the RC.



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Thanks guys some good advise ill be back at it tomorrow with some help this time around
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Ya I didn't want to have to do it but it was stuck haha. I got the bike from the bay area so there was some rust haha
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i didnt loosen the lower tripple bolts and wheel is on.
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Find that other rc guy from Houston who has a triple stand Put it on BOTH stands loosen the eight pinch bolts wax the outers so they do-not get scratched slide them down remove oem bars install clip-ons slide them up so 10mm of fork extends above the top triple and retorque pinch bolts to spec.

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With the bike on the ground, the forks are putting the top triple in tension. If you use a triple tree stand, the same thing is happening, but in the opposite direction.

Think of the whole fork & wheel assembly as pivoting at the lower triple clamp. When there is weight on the wheel, the top of the forks are pushing the top triple clamp towards the back of the bike. The opposite happens with the weight off the front end (even with a stand that uses the triple clamps and not the bottom of the fork legs).


Take the bike, put it on the rear stand.

Assuming that everything is already tight on the front end: loosen your top triple clamp bolts around the forks and the steering stem nut.

Then take a small jack and put it under the oil pan as far forward as you can get. (bottle jack from a small truck or scissor jack from a car works too) A small piece of wood between the jack and the oil pan helps steady everything and keeps you from marring the oil pan.

There will be a "sweet spot" where the top triple will just slide off by hand. Jack the bike up until you find this sweet spot. If you get to where the front tire is off the ground, you've gone too far because now all the weight of the front end is pushing the top triple forward.

Be careful jacking the bike up, as it will want to pivot side-to-side on the jack, and will be easily knocked over. You can steady it a little bit if you have a stand to put under the fork legs. Just remember to watch the fork legs. If they come off the stand, you've gone too far (just like when the front tire comes off the ground if you have no stand up front).




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