From:Dan Dwyer
Subject:RE: RE: Deluxe front end Date:Mon Dec 30 12:16:16 2019
Response to:7234
I went through this exercise once.
I did not use any special tools.

I first marked on both pieces exactly where the threads just begin to grab (Was very precise on this).

Then I applied two medium sized C-Clamps - One on each side of the legs, and ever so slowly compressed the cap down to the threads - ensuring that the marks are just "pre" line-up. (I also had a strap around the circumference to assist in helping to hold clamps in place.)

Cnce it was tightly down, I nudged/turned the top (perhaps 1/8th inch) just so the first thread grabbed. There was just enough movement to get it to grab.

Then I slowly loosened said clamps and continued to tighten.
However, once it grabbed, it was easy.

(Of course there were two of us which helped in the process.)

Yes - it took a couple of tries to get, but eventually it grabbed. Also yes - it is nerve-wracking as to not scar any parts. Hope I do not have to ever do it again.

Good luck.

Here is a copy of my post # 7090:

Doug Rollert told me how he did it, sounds easy, but I'm not
there yet. First, make a wedge that fits around the stem and
between the cap and the fork of the stem. Needs to be just
thick enough to allow the main spring, washer and nut to go
on. Crank the nut down, compressing the spring, add the lock
nut and then screw onto the spring tube. This should allow
to start at least. As you screw it down, the spring will
compress and the stem will rise up and the wedge can be
removed. I can picture all this in my head, hope it makes

I miss led all that have replied to my request of installing
the two springs on my 1925 Deluxe . There are two springs
one short and one long . They must be compressed to fit into
the front shock barrel/ tube . Most replies have been to
replace the two springs on the K J

Any tips on the shock spring replacement [two springs] would
help. If someone has a drawing of a tool or a tool like the
one the factory used that sure would be a big help .This
information could be shared with others as well. I am sure
this is a one time replacement in our life time
Thanks for the support
Andy, 1925 Henderson+sidecar

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