View Full Version : XS650 - Fork Tube caps stuck, really trashed

09-14-2009, 8:07 AM
Hi all

I got a secondhand set of XS650 forks and the fork tube caps have been absolutely decimated. They've trashed them in the past pulling them off, even hacksawed a groove across to try unscrew them because the hex's are stuffed.

Does anyone have any tips on how to get these things out? I've got a hex key, but that is just destroying the hex.

I'll hit it with some heat tomorrow but that might cause me more issues as aluminum expands more than steel.

09-20-2009, 8:34 PM
Problem solved.

I just drilled a big fat hole down the guts of it, sawed 2 slits in with an open ended hacksaw (2 blades snapped) and belted a piece of flat steel into the slot, grabbed it with a shifter and off it came.....