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were the towels in place in the block like they are now when you took the clips off
Yes, they were. I'm pretty sure it' s somewhere on the floor.
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I found it! All I needed was a fresh look around. But anyway I will be doing front end today.
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Your new pistons in the 1250 kit should come with new C-clips.
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So, this is it for today. Tomorrow if I dont find that freaking locking spring I will start taking apart the triple tree. Otherwise I will start cams and engine assembly.
Congrats on the conversion.
Hopefully you wanted to find the
circlip just to be certain it didn't fall
somewhere down in the bottom end.
The kits come with two new ones.
Mine were in a tiny bag taped to
box that the gaskets came in.
I didn't even notice it when first
inspecting the kit.
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Any ways, you shall never put old circlip on.
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wasn't asking so he could re use it just making sure it was not in the chest of the motor looking forward to your progress
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I did not know the kit includes lock springs. I guess I am not really a curious george, i've never opened other bags in the package aside from unwrapping cylinders and heads.

At any rate I was working on my front end today. Installed Ricor inserts and disassembled triple tree. This took me all day, and the 3rd day in the row I spent entire day light in the garage. As a consequence as of this morning my wife has stopped talking to me. Completely.

This is what I did
1) removed the front wheel, bleed the brake and removed the caliper and master cylinder. I did not detach the line, simply put the entire caliper/master cylinder assembly in a clean plastic bag while I was working on other parts.
BTW, look at what happened to my beautiful Brembo rotor in less than a year; the chrome is all chipped and the looks are gone.


2) Then I took everything off of the handlebars and then removed handlebars itself. I left however the headlight alone, only covered it with towels while removing fork tube caps. I also put some paper on the floor to provide some padding for the the cap, because from prior experience I knew I would not be able to hold it of when it springs. It was a good call of me, because I did not hold and it did hit the floor.




3) After I took away the forks and put them aside I disassembled the steering. I guess it was about time I had to look at it; the upper bearing was alright, but the lower one had all kind of dirt on it. I also finally saw what happens when somebody brakes your fork lock. I wonder that this steering rod is made of rather soft steel judging by how the locking pin simply plowed thru it. After giving both bearing a thorough wd40 bath I applied some grease and put the whole thing back together.




4) The I worked on the forks. I disposed old oil and removed RaceTech inserts along with the springs.
Good bye Race Tech. Hello Ricor!


5) While installing the new Progressive springs in order to maintain proper preload I cut ~15mm of the each PVC spacer, which is the height of Ricor inserts.



6) With forks filled with oil and springs and inserts in place it was time to put the fork caps back on, which was not a difficult job at all thanks to this forum. I dont remember who, but somebody came up with this very simple spring compression tool. I did similar and it really saved me a lot of effort, and money too.



7) With forks back in place I installed my new drag bar and everything on it.

8) Lastly the front wheel went back on followed by brake assembly.

9) And just before wrapping up for today, I could not resist and mounted my new Koso tach.
This BTW took a lot longer than I expected. The billet housing was designed in such a way so no mounting screws face outside. All of them are inside the housing actually, so entire surface is just smooth and pretty. However it was a tedious task to mount the housing on the handlebar, because there was only this much of allen key movement inside the housing. I forgot to take a picture of it though.



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Time i dont have. I gotta finish it in a couple of days. My wife is not talking to me already, and I have been in my garage for only 2,5 days.
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