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So, when I have the springs out, what I'm peering at, at the bottom of the top tube, is the top of the damper tube,
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and if I can get this fished up and out of the tube, I'm good to go?
Yes. Then either replace the stock top-out spring with the longer one from Progressive for 1-1/4" lowering, or add the spring to the stock on for even more lowering (2" IIRC - it's in the instructions.)
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I have one of those magnets - so would I just put it down into the fork tube, and try to withdraw the damper tube?

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Yes, I think. I would have SWORN that damper tube was aluminum, meaning the magnet would not work, but I don't doubt people have done it that way. I never have and don't have one here to check.

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With all due respect, I don't know what Chris is talking about because I didn't need to use a magnet to fish out anything. Like I said, follow the instructions that came with the kit and you'll be golden. I did mine by myself in the garage on a cold winters day. It's not that difficult but you must follow the directions .
Here's a few pics I shot of when I did the job. The last pic I'm using a breaker bar and 1 3/8 socket to put the fork caps back on:



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xena: oh, SURE, if you take the legs out of the trees and tip them over, the damper tube falls right out. That's how I do them too.

Also, be sure to drain the oil from the forks on the bike, AND loosen or remove the 6 mm allen bolt on the bottom of the forks BEFORE removing the cap. The cap and spring tension help hold the damper tube in place and make it easier to remove the allen headed bolt from the bottom. Without the spring tension, the damper tube will turn when you turn the screw. Save yourself the hassle.

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Just found this picture too:


It's for race tech emulators, but you can ignore that, and get a good look at the cutaway view. The top out spring, the one you will be replacing with the Progressive Suspension one, or adding to, is in this drawing under the area marked D1 (it has four coils shown in cutaway.) The dark grey is the emulator, which you don't have, so with the top spring out, you'll see the top of the damper, which the the part that the D1 notation and arrows are inside of.

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Here's an annotated version of the same pic. Pic is from Race Tech, notes are from me.



You are going to add the Progressive top out spring (the little one) right between the top damper tube, and the bottom of fork tube, right where the top out spring is now.

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Phew - thought I missed something

Diagrams make sense?

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This site is great - thanks for all of the tips - and the diagram. I think I'll try to fish the damper tube out from the top first. I'm thinking if it's not magnetic (if it's made of aluminum), would I be able to stick a tapered dowel rod into the top of the damper tube, from the top, and use that to withdraw it (if I can get it wedged in tight enough). Will their be a lot of "suction" trying to pull the damper tube up. Does anyone know the damper tubes inside dimension? Depending on what it was, I might start with a 1/2 " or 3/4" dowel, depending on the size.
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xena: oh, SURE, if you take the legs out of the trees and tip them over, the damper tube falls right out. That's how I do them too.
Well I followed the instructions, and that is what the instructions said to do.
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reading AND following the instructions! Guys don't do that

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