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    Swapping clip-ons, I removed fork tube caps. Was that a mistake?

    That was a dramatic pop. Unpleasant oil smell. Was I not supposed to do that? Did I undo something, or can I just put them back on?
    Effing around and finding out over here.

    #2
    No you should have left them on but not a big deal. Just put them back on. The only thing you did need to take off is the cir-clips right under the fork caps.
    Brian - Richland, WA
    1991 Hawk GT
    1997 VFR

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      #3
      Yes it was a mistake. If no oil splashed out put them back on and torque them to spec by looking in the manual (there is a PDF copy here in the forums you can download.
      88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
      89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
      90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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        #4
        Ok, undid that. How vital are those clips? I only have a left one.

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          #5
          if you are talking about the round circular ones that are thing wire they are not needed. Just there to prevent your clip-ons from sliding off if you were not smart enough to tighten them up.
          88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
          89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
          90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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            #6
            Originally Posted by rpcraft View Post
            if you are talking about the round circular ones that are thing wire they are not needed. Just there to prevent your clip-ons from sliding off if you were not smart enough to tighten them up.
            OK, one clip off, one back on. Since we're talking caps and clips, I want to put a phone mount in the stem, without stripping or breaking any original parts.

            What's the right way to get the black plastic steering stem hole cover off?
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            Last edited by BKSmarty; 08-03-2022, 04:58 PM.

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              #7
              I tap them out from the bottom with something just long enough so I don't crack or mar the edges trying with a small flat blade on the side. They are often slightly corroded in place. And they are not cheap for what they are. I will start adding socket extensions together until I get enough length so I can clear the fender.

              And the clips?... they never go back on my bikes.
              "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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                #8
                I'm unsure what those clips are for...

                If you are at the point where the clips are what's holding your bars on whilst riding, you are well beyond fucked already..

                Did you catch and reinstall your preload spacer/s when you pulled the cap? They can go for a trip and you absolutely it/need them..

                If that thing just threaded on nicely with no struggle against the spring then it's likely missing.
                Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                  #9
                  Putting a cell phone mount in the stem is normal. Usually the cap is just pressed in plastic piece that is a friction fit, so you can lightly grasp it with some pliers with a rag around the edge and pull it off. The rag will help prevent marking it up for later use. Then again some guys don’t care and just break it out. I’ve seen the RAM mount in there and done it myself using the setup that has the expanding plug.
                  88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                  89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                  90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                    #10
                    Originally Posted by 6 View Post
                    I'm unsure what those clips are for...

                    If you are at the point where the clips are what's holding your bars on whilst riding, you are well beyond fucked already..

                    Did you catch and reinstall your preload spacer/s when you pulled the cap? They can go for a trip and you absolutely it/need them..

                    If that thing just threaded on nicely with no struggle against the spring then it's likely missing.
                    There were tubes pushing up against the caps. They didn't go on easy. PO did something beneficial to the springs. I don't know what's supposed to be in there but it rides the same now.

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                      #11
                      Originally Posted by BKSmarty View Post

                      There were tubes pushing up against the caps. They didn't go on easy. PO did something beneficial to the springs. I don't know what's supposed to be in there but it rides the same now.
                      Those spacers are what I was referring too.

                      Good, Glad it's back to go mode..
                      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                        #12
                        Originally Posted by rpcraft View Post
                        Putting a cell phone mount in the stem is normal. Usually the cap is just pressed in plastic piece that is a friction fit, so you can lightly grasp it with some pliers with a rag around the edge and pull it off. The rag will help prevent marking it up for later use. Then again some guys don’t care and just break it out. I’ve seen the RAM mount in there and done it myself using the setup that has the expanding plug.
                        I like the rubber RAM solution. I ordered the upscale Quad Lock stem mount. It has a lot of fuss I don't want, but apparently you can take one leg out to trim it up.

                        I got the vibration damper. I have a friend who does cross country cruiser treks who says I need it to keep my iPhone from losing its marbles. He threw away two. I won't be logging those long miles and I'd like to just velcro the thing to the triple tree, but iPhones are expensive.

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by BKSmarty View Post
                          What's the right way to get the black plastic steering stem hole cover off?
                          It's NOT to take that nut off and then push it out from the back side.

                          Sorry

                          But that actually would work: the steering is held together by the nut under the top triple, not that one.

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                            #14
                            cell phones are a distraction and don't belong on a bike as they will take your eyes off the road, just another pitiful sign of electronic addiction.
                            Last edited by squirrelman; 08-05-2022, 02:53 PM.
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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by squirrelman View Post
                              cell phones are a distraction and don't belong on a bike
                              Almost as distracting as someone trolling people on the forum..


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