Thanks Tombeau I'll give that a shot. If you get a chance to snap some photos that would be great. I need to get the trees and headlight ears painted to I figure I should probably rebuild the forks while at it. I'm sure I'll have more questions as I move along.
And when it comes time to unscrew the seal holders from the sliders do as follows:
Clean the seal holders squeaky clean, wrap a piece of new radiator hose or similar around the seal holder, down low where it is solid, [down near the thread] and fix this in place with a good quality worm drive hose clamp.
You can then use stillsons [a pipe wrench] on the worm drive clamp to unscrew the seal holder.
Saves one service tool [that silly peg spanner] and does a better job, cannot mark the seal holders.
another way to remove the fork legs is to remove headlight,handlebars,steering dampner,top tree pinch bolt & top fork nuts then give the top tree a good whak with a rubber mallet from the under side.seems like a bit of work but hey,ya might as well check your steering head bearings if your gonna pull your forks off.just make sure the forks are supported from below when removing the tree or your front end will drop down through the the steering head & may tickle your toes or worse, do avoidable damage to bits you would rather not have to repair or replace.good luck.
Well I got one off without a problem but the other one is not coming off. I have been trying for 2 days with no luck. I tried letting it soak in liquid wrench but that doesn't seem to work. Should I try heat?
The stanchion has probably rusted itself to the bottom fork yoke. You could try to open the hole in the bottom yoke slightly, and tap from the top again. Otherwise, you'll have to dismantle the fork leg in situ, remove the top yoke, as described above, and remove the stanchion from the bottom yoke on the bench (a brute force approach might involve a large vise, a block of wood and a large mallet, for example...)