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#395466 - 09/21/11 3:41 pm Fork puller tool... home made?  
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I've seen some pretty ingenious tips and tricks, plus home made tools on the forum. Does anyone have a home remedy to pull the fork tubes through the head light ears?

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#395471 - 09/21/11 4:05 pm Re: Fork puller tool... home made? [Re: Bola]  
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Broom stick works but sawdust can drop down.

#395473 - 09/21/11 4:21 pm Re: Fork puller tool... home made? [Re: Bola]  
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Cheap, dirty, probably not reusable....... Needed: An old shovel or rake handle made of wood. Find one fat enough to thread into the end of the tube, keep it as long as possible, then thread it into the tube and pull on up. Watch out for wood particles that may split off and fall into the tube-hence a dirty method.

More work, cleaner, and reusable.......Needed: old fork cap, threaded stock, washer, and nut, a beer can (unopened and ice cold), cigarettes.

Take an old fork cap and grind off the edges of the hexagonal part. Stop and have a cigarette. Then weld an 8 or 9 inch piece of 1/2" or so threaded stock to it. Then it's time for a smoke. With triple trees in place, thread this tool into the fork tube. Place the ice cold beer can against the upper edge of the fork tube for a few moments, then start to feed the tube into the lower triple tree. (The beer can may help to lightly 'shrink' the tube for easier installation.) Slide a big fat washer on that rests on top of the upper triple tree, then tighten a nut onto the threaded stock. This will pull the tube up into the upper tree. Once seated into the upper tree, remove the tool, put the cap on, have another smoke, and open the beer while realising that I was just bullshittin' about the ice cold beer can helping shrink the tube a little. Heck, you just busted your rear getting these tubes installed, it's time for cold one!

#395496 - 09/21/11 6:31 pm Re: Fork puller tool... home made? [Re: Deadstiffcatt]  
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i use a hoe handle


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#395518 - 09/21/11 8:14 pm Re: Fork puller tool... home made? [Re: Bola]  
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What bike? Many forks can be assembled from the bottom up. Just set the bare tubes in the tree and then assemble the rest.

#395519 - 09/21/11 8:16 pm Re: Fork puller tool... home made? [Re: Bola]  
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Someone recently mentioned a rubber bush on a piece of "all-thread".Tighten nuts and washers onto the bush to expand it into the stanchion thread.One size fits all.
Simple,clean and effective.


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