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I need to disasemble my forks in order to replace the fork gaurds (which continually break) with rubber socks. How do I go about disasseambling the front wheel and fork base without loosing all the oil inside.

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    Andrew Porrelli May 20, 2011

    G'day
    Can you state what type of bike it is?
    Make model & year?
    Thanks Andrew Porrelli

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If there like most... remove the front axle and wheel and loosen the bottom fork support and then the top one slide out one shock at a time and replace the boot and reassemble the oil is inside the shock. if the top support is the oil fill for the shock then carefully slide out the shock and replace the oil fill cap bolt then replace the boot and reverse the process.

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