Bike is a Bonneville SE 2011 EFI cast wheels.
As part of the 12,000 miles maintenance I decided to change the forks oil (although AFAIK
there are NO leaks or other problems).
The right fork went well (following my Haynes manual) and itís already been reinstalled.
The left fork: I drained the oil and removed spring and spacer and washer.
First thing I noticed, on the spacer, a longitudinal 5mm wide dark wear on its entire length.
After draining, I start to pump, to drain further. I could hear something rattling/rolling inside by tilting the fork.
After 3-4 pumps I noticed that the fork tube had the tendency to get stuck when fully inside the fork slider.
After another 2-3 pumps it indeed got stuck at the bottom of the slider and for the life of me I cannot pull it up/out.
So, I tried to slacken the damper rod bolt in the base of the fork but it was incredibly hard.
Eventually I managed to loosen it so it rotates but unfortunately I realized that the entire damper rod turns with it.
So I canít even open the damn thing. I havenít tried to open the seals, clips etc from the top of the slider because the manual says first remove the damper rod.
Any help/opinion would be highly appreciated!! (notice I live in the middle of nowhere with no garages, no Triumph etc.)