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    Stripped fork drain bolt????

    So with all the talk about "Fork Oil" I decided to change mine while doing a front tire swap. The plug in the bottom of the fork on the brake side came right out, the other side broke loose and just spins, and it will NOT tighten back up!!!

    Did I f-up or am I just F-ed????? And yes I was turning the right way, "unless one is backwards thread"


    I have enough going on in this little shop as is.
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    2002 Sportster 1200
    Suzuki Ozark 250 (Broke)
    Rokon RT140 (in a basket)
    Belarus AS250 tractor

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    An impact with a good quality allen head socket works great but only if you have experience with an impact gun.

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    I have a Hamster you can borrow if that will help .......
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    There are two types of screws at the end of the forks, depending on the vintage - the one that holds the damper rod in position, that is vertical to the bottom of the fork - and the one on the side of the fork, which is a proper drain plug

    All have the vertical - but not all have the one on the side

    Depends very much on the one were talking about ........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    There are two types of screws at the end of the forks, depending on the vintage - the one that holds the damper rod in position, that is vertical to the bottom of the fork - and the one on the side of the fork, which is a proper drain plug

    All have the vertical - but not all have the one on the side

    Depends very much on the one were talking about ........


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    If he’s got one of the later models, he should be able to retract the screw by Admirals method to stop the damper rod from spinning, and use a magnetic driver bit at the screw – the thread is in the damper

    You can use something like a nail to line the holes back up when it comes to re-fitting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    There are two types of screws at the end of the forks, depending on the vintage - the one that holds the damper rod in position, that is vertical to the bottom of the fork - and the one on the side of the fork, which is a proper drain plug

    All have the vertical - but not all have the one on the side

    Depends very much on the one were talking about ........
    Well it's a 2001, only bolt, nut (me) is the Allen head pointing straight up. I was hoping , like you, to get this done easily. Oh well. I do have a good 3/8 impacts, both air and cordless. I guess it can't hurt toooo try! If that doesn't work I can finish the disassembly of the one that came out and make a tool to get the other one apart.

    Thanks all for the heads up of what I now have done and, have to do.

    Next question, what oil??? LoL

    Any guesses of which tire was on it? Which tire is going on it?

    Again, Thanks!
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    1999 DR350SE
    2002 Sportster 1200
    Suzuki Ozark 250 (Broke)
    Rokon RT140 (in a basket)
    Belarus AS250 tractor

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    Thanks Brian - great pic .....
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    You just need to stop the insert from turning and you'll be fine ....
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    Any guesses of which tire was on it? Which tire is going on it?


    Well I put 1 too many pics in so it should be easy.
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    1999 DR350SE
    2002 Sportster 1200
    Suzuki Ozark 250 (Broke)
    Rokon RT140 (in a basket)
    Belarus AS250 tractor

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