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How to change fork tops on 2011 CBR250R

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Hi All,

I bought some new fork tops. I thought it would simply be unscrew the old, screw on the new, but I hit a few issues.

When the fork top came loose, it shot out, along with an o-ring and a metal tube. I'm having trouble getting all back in (photo below). Questions:

1. How do I get it back on? I'm finding it hard to push it down and keep enough control to then screw the fork top back on. Is there a technique? A tool?

2. What will happen (if anything) if I ride without the metal tube in there? Will the suspension just be looser?

2. Does the o-ring go below the metal tube, or above it between the tube and the fork top?

3. The other fork top is really hard to get off. I've already shaved off some of the corners of the nut trying to get it off. Is there any way to get it off besides a monkey wrench?

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Alternate method:
Have a buddy gently lift the front end of the bike around the headlight assembly and quickly install, that way he/she takes the load off the forks.
oh yeah the pre-loads...what a little mission that was ;)

not all stand will work .... the one i have lifts the bike by the bottom of the fork :mad:

pit-bull stands will work because they lift the bike by the triple tree :)

didn't have a pit-bull or someone to lift the bike by the front (not recommended ...crack,crack)

myself...had to hoist the bike by the triple with my tie-down straps.....wished i had an extra set of hands...would have made the job easier :cool:
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