Saturday, June 28, 2014

Today I Take the Plunge into a Bit More Intense Motorcycle Mechanicing

A mechanic I don't claim to be. I've never truly ruined anything...but I have had a redo or two. I'm hoping I don't have that tribulation with this Forks rebuild.

Got back from a short mountain trip yesterday afternoon and picked up the parts to start that job today.

Yamaha called a few days ago to tell me the parts were in, just as I was just getting BACK to our camp near Red Feather after a run to the lowlands.

I had to go down to find a pair of fresh Vent Covers...

...after a hail storm took out my awning and both roof vents the evening before... arrrrrrrgggghhhhhh....





Yeah... all those "points of light"in the awning...

...are NOT supposed to be there.

The next morning when we opened the door my granddaughter says "look! Stars!" :)

So this morning I'll study the how-to's I've saved... and then with a deep breath I'll start pulling things apart to replace those fork seals.

I heard it described fairly accurately I think; "The fork systems on a motorcycle are some pretty complicated technology but they only use a few really simple parts"
 Let's hope that guy was right and a puss gut mountain cowboy biker can take 'em apart and put 'em back together again without some sort of a humpty dumpty sitchy-ashun developing over there in the garage.

Grab Your Handles and Ride
Brian

4 comments:

Trobairitz said...

Good luck with the forks. I've never attempted that kind of maintenance but have friends who have.

And can I say I am glad we don't get that kind of hail. Yikes.

Arizona Harley Dude said...

Hopefully your forks will be as simple as mine were. Did need a speciality tool...got it at Home Depot...1 1/2" PVC pipe to seat the seals. Project was a piece of cake!

Canajun said...

Forks are one of the easier jobs to do, so don't sweat it. Like AZHD says you may need a specialty tool or two, for which you can usually substitute something from Home Depot for a fraction of the cost. Good luck.

Brian said...

Trobairitz; That's some normal sized hail for this country :)

AHD; I went high grade and bought the "company" tool :) equal to the $$$ of the parts it's installing. :)

Canajun; I chose to go with the fancy speshul tool... hoping to cut my "losses" :)

... and then... just as I was getting ready to start wrenching... I Decided to change the plan :) and went looking for more parts. I'll save that for the next post!