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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:57 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Tried a 6-pointed socket but I can feel the edges of the cap rounding, also soaked in WD40/GT85.

Is there a trick I'm missing?

The forks have barely been used but are 10 years old and have never been taken apart (RS Judy's)

Cheers!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:12 pm 
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Have to own up the using Molegrips myself... :oops:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:25 pm 
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Most 6 point sockets are chamfered around the opening the nut must seat into. Rock shox top caps have a very thin profile, maybe 3mm. The 2mm chamfer on the socket means you only engage the tips of the cap wrench flats....

Take a socket and grind down the open end till the chamfer is gone. Best be a cheap socket! That'll give you the best possible grip on the top cap, and it should come out.

I've found many times that a little gentle heat can help things along too. Run the top of the leg under hot tap water for a few minutes before you get going. Helps loosen stuff up.

Good luck!

J


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:00 pm 
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First back off all pre-load.
Use a flat spanner as you can keep it pushed on and you get a better edge.
They should go with a bit of ease.

Of course it goes without saying that if it's a bolt on crown version, undo the bolts.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:42 pm 
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As above, grind a socket down. Use the 6 sided sockets that grip on the flat edges, not the ones that mainly grip the corners.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:59 pm 
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Pretty sure the correct socket size is 22mm


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:33 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Cheer all. Turned out one side is a dummy leg which explains why it wouldn't come off :lol: Other side I got out with grips.

TBH I shouldn't have bothered- all there literally is inside is a spring in one leg (which is industrial strength so doesn't really do anything). Heap of poo.


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