Main Motorcycle: 2010 Scrambler
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Thanks for your great post. I have a 2010 Scrambler and I live in Kigali, Rwanda. I was hit by a truck on a country road out here 4 months ago, and the bike has been sitting ever since, as I slowly accumulate the parts I've needed to replace the fork tubes and front wheel / disc.
I'm a novice, yet there aren't mechanics out here that know the bike, so I've got to do it myself. I'm getting close, but I have a few questions, and will likely have more.
I've got the fork sliders in, and I'm now trying to get the fork seal situated into the outer / lower (black) fork. There's loads of emphasis in your post on placing the seals right side up, and I'm cross referencing with the shop manual, which I've found has been useless at critical times. My notes tell me that the fork seal "right side up" is that which has the thin metal band right side up. I have photos I can send, and it might be better to send via email. The issue I'm having is that the seal is flush with the top of the lower black fork; using the specialty tool that I paid a fair bit for doesn't help me push it in so it is sunk below the top of the lower black fork. Tried with hammering the specialty part in position, for 10 mins or so, but to no avail. Not sure what I'm doing wrong here, other than to suspect I may have it in wrong or that I need to use more force, which seems a bit dicey.
Secondly, the other specialty part I had to buy for this repair - a long rod that I'm unclear what to use for. Is it somehow supposed to brace the damper rod so I can fully tighten the damper rod bolt?
Grateful for any advice you can provide. Thanks a lot in advance.