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So many awesome ideas and tips in here! Such an amazing resource. THANKS to everyone who has contributed!

I had a brief look through the pages and did a search but I couldn't find anything about a homemade "Fork Spring Retainer & Pin Wrench" OEM 94694-52.

Has anyone had any luck getting their fork spring retainers out with out this tool?

I'm rebuilding my front forks and this little step has got me stumped.

Any ideas?
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put an allen wrench in each hole [2],put a,box or open end wrench,between them,turn. if they're not frozen,this will work.
i had my forks apart again this week.a pair of needlenose pliers works even better for the fork spring retainers.
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You will run across spring retainers that are VERY stubborn.

I have even broken the removal tool trying to get some out.

I have had to apply heat to the tubes and hold them in a vice while swinging on a 1/2 drive socket to shift them

Clean the threads out as well as you can before you remove them. These ere a fine pitch and easily bunged up and damaged.
Put them vertical in a vice and pour a little penetrating oil in and allow plenty of time for it to work down.

These are possibly the worst designed forks I have ever worked on. Luckily, the provide little actual movement, suffer unduly from worn bushes, have no real damping to speak of and a fairly liner spring rate. Also, they are too weak for the job. Too small a diameter and to thin wall tubing means that if you do manage to get the brake working to 100% of it's capacity the forks will twist under braking.

So, they suit the rest of the bike perfectly.
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