Front forks

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by stead, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. stead

    stead New Member

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    First of all i am new to this. Hello everyone... I have a 1976 hd rigid frame sporty and i am having a bit of a problem with the front forks. On the bottom of my right fork i have a small plate that bolts up to the fork to hold the axle in place. On of the studs is stripped out and will not let the nut tighten. can i cut the stud off and drill it out and replace it, i have already used the ole tap and die set to fix it once but the stud is to far gone. please don't tell me i have to replace the forks!!!!
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    You should be able to heat the stud up and then it will unscrew.
     
  3. stead

    stead New Member

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    is it a part that i will have to get from the dealer or should i be able to match it up at a parts store somewhere.....thanks for the quik reply btw
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Probably available at the parts store but I would get it at the dealer to be sure it's the right Rockwell hardness.

    Let us know how it turns out.
     
  5. stead

    stead New Member

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    Thank you very much. i will definately will let you know. thanks again you have solved alot of banging my head against the wall.
     
  6. glider

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    Check to see if the new stud calls for locktite in it when you install it. Generally the axle retaining studs have some on it.
     
  7. stead

    stead New Member

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    Got the new ones in and it worked great. I did add some loctite and went with a little longer stud so i could lock two nuts on the end seems to be working great.
     
  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Glad it worked out for you.:D
     
  9. marknett

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    Glider , ... U da Man !!! You must have worked on bikes as a kid lol :small3d031: