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PostSubject: Enfield Front End / Forks on British Lightweights   Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:01 pm

Im guessing these Enfield mini bullet forks will be somewhat similar to the forks on classic British lightweight bikes, which I have no knowledge of whatsoever!
I need to change the gaiters/rubber covers.
It looks like too much mounting tabs in the way at the bottom to get them on from there, so it seems they have to be put on from the top. Anyone know how these sort of forks come apart? There are retaining bolts below the headlight, and a bolt at the top. I assume there's long springs in there under pressure, with some fluid?
Can I take off the top bolt & the ones at the triple tree thingee, that will let them go free? do i need to keep them upright to stop the fluid pouring out?
anyone handled similar forks?
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PostSubject: Re: Enfield Front End / Forks on British Lightweights   Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:12 pm

so noone out there knows how to drop enfield forks out? Question
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PostSubject: Re: Enfield Front End / Forks on British Lightweights   Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:18 pm

I don't recognise those forks but I'd just start by loosening everything off the top yoke and any pinch bolts around the bottom yoke. It likely to be pretty tight so squirt everything that looks like it moves with WD40 and then get ready to hit it with a big rummer hamer. Might take a while.

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PostSubject: Re: Enfield Front End / Forks on British Lightweights   Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:23 pm

thanks for an answer!
yeah there's just one big bolt at the top of each, & then one bolt at the lower tree of each, so I guess those 2 are gonna be it. was just hopin someone might know something more. will have a search for some enfield info, maybe they are more typical enfield forks, rather than generic.
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PostSubject: Re: Enfield Front End / Forks on British Lightweights   Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:21 am

if there anything like my c11 then there should be a pinch bolt somewhere on one ot the trees and a bolt on the top of the fork tubes to be undone.... the hardest part was getting everything back together.
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PostSubject: Re: Enfield Front End / Forks on British Lightweights   Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:10 am

I might be wrong but once you crack the top bolt thing you wont be able to tip the fork over, the oil will run out, the spring should stay but the oil wont.
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PostSubject: Re: Enfield Front End / Forks on British Lightweights   Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:02 am

thanks Slaytanica. Most of what's on them is supposedly either taken from the bullets or based on British lightweights from the older era.
Next question:
So if I have it nice & high I may be able to keep the oil in? or will need to change the oil? there aint no manual for these things so I wouldn't know how much oil to put in - is there a way to work this out if I need to?
What sort problems can there be in getting them in again?
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PostSubject: Re: Enfield Front End / Forks on British Lightweights   Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:32 am

I'd change it anway. There's a good chance its leaked some past the seals anyway. Google some of the smaller Jap bikes and see how much oil they take. Should be close. I'll have a look in the W650 manual tonight.

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PostSubject: Re: Enfield Front End / Forks on British Lightweights   Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:05 am

http://www.midlandbullets.co.uk/Tripod%20Royal%20Enfield%20Manual/index.htm

Enfield Bullet Workshop Manual different but the same, should cross similar models... ?

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PostSubject: Re: Enfield Front End / Forks on British Lightweights   Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:58 pm

jon61 wrote:
http://www.midlandbullets.co.uk/Tripod%20Royal%20Enfield%20Manual/index.htm

Enfield Bullet Workshop Manual different but the same, should cross similar models... ?


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