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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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I thought nothing was going to happen, because it's my first bike, and I don't know the first thing about them.

To me, the tops looked decorative. I expected something else to be sealing the mechanism underneath, not for tubes to come flying out at me! Lesson learned though - all good fun.
I got them off eBay.

No functional purpose for replacing them, I just like the black and read colour scheme.

I've since got a socket wrench and someone to hold up the front. Much easier with the right tools!!

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