Special yamaha Dampning rod holder...$$$

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  • Brettv

Posted November 03, 2004 - 05:11 PM


ive just been to yamaha and got quoted over $200 for the proper tool, NO WAY. so i asked them how much it would cost to crack the nut and undo the valve assembly, they wanted $200........ :cry:. So now i have partially dismantled forks, i want to clean the valves out, does anyone from aus live in melbourne and have access to such a tool? or where i can go to get it done cheaper? :cry:

  • SXP

Posted November 03, 2004 - 05:26 PM


Go to Tech Articles/Suspension/A "Cheap" Damping Rod Holder

All of $0.50. Works like a charm.

  • RCannon

Posted November 03, 2004 - 05:48 PM


If you must have the real tool, motion pro sells them for 40.00 or so.

The PVC pipe works, but if I were to DIY it again I would try copper tubing. Something with more strength than the pvc.

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  • SXP

Posted November 03, 2004 - 06:14 PM


I think he's asking about the damper rod holding tool (two nuts), not the cartridge holding tool (pvc pipe) :cry:

  • Brettv

Posted November 03, 2004 - 07:10 PM


thanks guys, actually, i got mixed up, i was after ther cartridge tool, i just made one out of steel pipe that seems to fit, i havnt tried it yet, but looks promising, instead of the two nut trick i screwed the cap back on and used it as the 'locknut'
thanks for everyones help :cry:

  • milsy

Posted November 04, 2004 - 12:13 AM


I made the tool and have completed changing the fork seals, however I found out from a friend that it's not necessary to use the castle tool and you just use a rattle gun instead. I asked my local yamaha shop and that is also the way they do it. I might try one next time.


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