Howdy folks, back at with the my 1981 KZ440 LTD if you've been following the excitement of this bike. This time, I'm trying to replace the oil in the forks.
I drained all the oil out, and when I went to take the caps off the forks on top I couldn't get them out. They are the circlip-type caps and I did remove the circlip, but they just won't come out. I can compress the caps, and they do move freely downward, but they seem to just hit a stopping point before coming out. Am I missing something? Also, they are not the air forks that the 1983 model got. Thanks folks!
Damn, that would be a really good idea actually. The only problem is that I'm away at school, and don't have a compressor or a jack stand to get the front wheel off to take the forks off. Thanks anyway though!
I would loosen the upper triple tree clamp & spray some solvent or penetrant onto the fork caps to clean them. guessing there's probably crud around the fork caps. or maybe the o-rings have hardened. heat might also help, but you'd have to remove the forks. For stuff like this I use Liquid wrench silicone spray lubricant or LW penetrating spray. Keep in mind that the fork caps are under spring pressure and could go flying & get you in the eye.