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    ST 1100 fork spacer

    I'm about to rebuild my forks. Just received new bushings, oil piece and seals. Bought Progressive suspension springs which came with PVC pipe. If I understand from other threads correctly, I suppose to cut the pipe to the certain length. What's the correct length that I should cut it to?

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    Re: ST 1100 fork spacer

    What do the directions say? If I remember right, I think you use the pvc in place of pipe? I could be wrong, I would have to dig up the directions when I did mine.

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    Re: ST 1100 fork spacer

    Follow the directions that came with your springs! They give you a sheet that has the ST1100 listed. We just installed Progressive springs in RCB's, and did fork bushing and seals in both his and mine. On RCB's the sheet said to cut the pvc down to 3.25 inches and put it in in place of the longest metal spacer, and leave out the short one.

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    Re: ST 1100 fork spacer

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenZR View Post
    Follow the directions that came with your springs! They give you a sheet that has the ST1100 listed. We just installed Progressive springs in RCB's, and did fork bushing and seals in both his and mine. On RCB's the sheet said to cut the pvc down to 3.25 inches and put it in in place of the longest metal spacer, and leave out the short one.
    I don't think that springs came with any directions. I'll have to look again in the box.

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    Re: ST 1100 fork spacer

    The spacers are to set the "proper" preload on the front springs. The recommended length is a general guideline, some folks like to play around with it some. If you make them too long, the ride will be harsh... a little shorter and your suspension will be mooshy and not handle well. The first time I installed the Progressive springs, I followed the instructions that came in the box and the job went very well. You will need a special tool to deal with the right side dampening rod.
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    Re: ST 1100 fork spacer

    Quote Originally Posted by vinny View Post
    You will need a special tool to deal with the right side dampening rod.
    whats the tool called? Or how does it look? Do you know? Shoot! Now I have to look for it. Or find a loaner.
    Can it be subsidized with something else? What you mean "to deal with right side dampering rod"? There was another thread yesterday about using tight downs to compress the spring to loosen the rod. Is it the same thing?

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    Re: ST 1100 fork spacer

    You set up the front end almost the same way you set up the back.
    Measure cut adjust, repeat until satisfied. Read up on front end setups.

    The tool threads onto the rod allows you to get the keeper/washer out.

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    Re: ST 1100 fork spacer

    The tool screws onto the top of the damper rod and allows you to hold it while compressing the spring and installing the keeper. It can be fabricated fairly easy with some metric hardware. It's been awhile since I made mine... and I think it is a 10mm size. If you PM me with your address, I'll be happy to loan you the home made tool.

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    Re: ST 1100 fork spacer

    The first time I took my forks apart I attached a piece of twine/string, something to hold the dampening rod from falling back into the tube.
    Since I custom made a piece that attaches to the rod. Yes, it is a 10mm.
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    Re: ST 1100 fork spacer

    Pictures of this tool, homemade or otherwise anyone?
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