Fork Spring Holder

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I am looking for the best way to hold the spring while assembling/disassembling. I know some use a 7/16 box wrench, but that means I need a 3rd hand. Does anyone sell a tool for that?
no 3rd hand available here....and I really need to put in a smaller spacer! (XR springs).
 

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I've used a wrench. Doesn't work too well in my never-to-be-humble opinion.

Make a 'tool'. Consists of a piece of sheet metal a bit wider than the fork tube with a slot cut into it the width of the rod, as deep as the fork tube radius + 1/2" or so.

It takes up less 'length' than a wrench and stays put whilst you mess with them longer-and-soon-to-be-appreciated XR springs! ;)

While I'm sure the description is perfectly clear, included is a trademarked template for this complicated tool genesis. (yeah...sometimes I just kill myself :) )

BTW..3-5mm is fine on the preload. To get that small you will have to lose one of the oem centering washers...the top one.
 

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Guess I should remember...but what year of kdx doesn't have compression clickers?
 

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Oops! They're there. On the bottom. Just under too much mud! ;)

This for casual peruser (yes, I did make that word up). Specifics in your PM box!
 

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I don't know how it could get any easier just using a 7/16th wrench. Compress spring slightly with hand and get wrench under nuts then let go of spring and wrench will stay there until you get top cap undone. Now the longer xr springs you will just have to use a little more muscle to compress them. Easy easy easy.
 

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you dont even need a tool, just use your hand, thats what I did... very easy, you only need to apply mabey 10 lbs to the spring.
 

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re: 'you dont even need a tool..'

OK. If you don't need one, don't use one. ;)

It's a bit more handy when dealing with a 530+mm spring.......

Hey!! It's not nice to laugh at a guy's tool!
 
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I liked your fork tool idea so much that I came up my own adaptation. While looking for some hacksaw blades I noticed that a wood plane blade had the right sized slot (7/16") and was of the right general dimensions. I hacksawed the edge and mounting hole off and ended up with a 2" x 3 3/4" fork tool. Cost: $2.91 for the replacement blade and three bi-metal hacksaw blades ($2.40) and a little time on the bench grinder. The blade I used was a Buck Bros 2" plane iron part # PLS2 which I purchased from a local Home Depot. Hope this helps someone...

Best,
Greg
 
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#12
A small adjustable wrench worked well for me. You can adjust the gap and it slides in deeper than a regular wrench.