Just finished up with the forks. I had ordered a set of All Balls fork seals and covers. Then, after looking at the bushings I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue using them as they weren't "bad"...but they had some chaffing on the inside. I took one to the local Kawasaki dealer. He said I better get new ones.
So...back to AllBalls.com for a set of the bushings. (I knew I should have ordered everything together.
) That took a few more days.
Since being a school teacher has it's perks (a week off for Thanksgiving!) after a Versys ride to meet some old CTX forum members yesterday, today was set for the forks.
Got them done (tunes listened to included: Tool, Henry Rollins and The Fixx
). The All Balls kit came with a bunch of O-rings, 2 of which I used for the fork tube covers but I have no idea where the others would go as I didn't see any rubber O-rings other than the caps. But I replaced everything I could, put everything together fairly easily and then....
...that mother-loving front wheel!!!
I ALWAYS have a major knock-down / drag-out with that stupid-ass axle. I can never get it to catch on the bolt.
Anyway, I finally got it, then realized I had the left fork backwards, fought again with the axle but got everything up and running.
Took it for a quick spin and she handles great! I did get to the end of the street and there was smoke. I think it must have been some fork oil that got on the pipes. I pulled into the driveway and no smoke or burning smells. I got a neighbor that bought a used Deuce and wants to go riding tomorrow so I may take the EX out. (He has a bad back and can't go too far so, hopefully, the EX forks hold up and I get a decent ride in!)
Thanks for all the help and suggestions!