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I can not break the front downtube top caps loose. using a 19mm socket and a 14inch heavy duty craftsman wrench. Its not reverse thread is it? Downtubes still on the bike. Any suggestions. (2006 no corrosion visible)



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My caps were not reverse thread. Just normal thread. Mine too were difficult to remove. One time I hit the end of the ratchet handle with a hammer to loosen the fork caps, and you can see there might be a problem with that. Last time I used an electric impact wrench which was much safer and did the job real quick. But yes they are pretty tight. O-Ring gasket and fork spring tension probably have something to do with it being snug.
 

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Make sure you loosen the top pinch bolts first. My top cap bolts were tight, but it didn't take too much effort to loosen.
 

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I've had to lower the triple about 2 inches below the cap, tighten the bolts, then use a 1/2-inch Craftsman hand impact and impact socket to break fork caps loose.
 
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