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    Default Ugly, effective "on the bike" fork spring compressor from a caulking gun.

    Got a set of Progressive springs with spacers for my FXR and in a fit of exasperation sliced and expanded an old caulking gun to compress the fuckers. Worked well on the 39mm forks and the next set of larger forks I have to fight I'll cut the ring off another gun, weld studs to the lengthwise straps and use them to secure a suitable collar.

    I spread the straps to clear the top triple clamp. Caulking guns are flexible and where to slice and yank will be obvious when ya hold the caulking gun next to your forks.

    U-shaped collar (make by cutting the stock collar with a zip disk) fits under the top triple clamp. Then ya place your spacer, fork tube cap, socket and ratchet (PREFERABLY ONE WITH A FLAT TOP) and squirt the cap downwards by pulling the trigger until it centers. Start threads then take it the rest of the way with the ratchet.

    (For some reason I can't edit the title text to fix the typo...)

    Tool must be held to keep it straight and I couldn't do that and take a pic at the same time, but pic gets the idea across.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention they make larger caulking guns than the small size shown for applying floor adhesive etc. Keep an eye out for those. The gun I used is a skeleton frame style. useful to know if you order one online.
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    Last edited by LisaBallard; 06-26-2017 at 9:43 AM.

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    Perfect , So simple . Thank you...

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    Pinchi farmall, gracias. Would of never thought of that, never, gracias. Whenever I see one for sale now in a yard sale, I will think twice before passing it by.

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    Nothing beats the proper tool for the job, even if it is "adapt, improvise, and overcome".
    .... and here I've been putting the gorilla paw on it all these years.

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    Nice, necessity truly is the mother of invention.

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    Great idea. Thanks for posting

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    Very Cool.

    -Jason

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    wow I did mine a month a month ago and kicked one of them things out of my way.I don't know why it was by my bike on the garage floor, my boy fn around I guess. when I was done muscling it I needed 3 double strength vicodin just so my neck to stop hurting...what kind of mind thinks of that ..genious

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    Slicker than owl shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by govmule84 View Post
    Slicker than owl shit.

    Damn right all the cool tech shit is over here now......

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    Damn wish I saw this earlier

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    Second version. The first works fine but this covers a wider range of forks. Just slice the end off with a zip disk and drill a hole near each end for your paracord. Deburr your drilled holes so they don't snag the cord.
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    Great tip. I find the older I get the longer the cheater pipes get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 49WR View Post
    Great tip. I find the older I get the longer the cheater pipes get.
    There's a more powerful, finely controllable alternative. I have pneumatic and electric impacts but I'm in love with this mofo:

    http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showth...l=1#post816828

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