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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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seriously, you need to support the front end of the bike, if you are having a hard time getting it back in you will have no hope if you pull the other one out. if you somehow manage to get the other one out the whole front end will drop, you won't be able to use the side stand to hold the bike up either. that's all that holds the front end of the bike up.

and no, you can't ride it without that tube in, that is the preload tube, it will be so soft it will be unridable

to remove the other one you need to support the weight of the bike and use a socket not a spanner
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What do they do?
make a f--n mess and damage cars when you take them both off together, lol.

not me, but someone i know, lmao
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