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Anyone made their own Fork Spring Compressors or have a work around to buying one? or any of the specialist tools that are required.

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It’s pretty specific to the job and makes it very easy. I don’t think you can build them (LI/SX type) with out it. Are you having a hard time finding one or trying to avoid buying one?

I bought mine from Cambridge Lambretta about 15 years ago. 

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i could get one online pretty easily. i like tinkering with this kind of thing and trying to design and build my own stuff. must be the engineer in me.

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8 hours ago, stephenb52 said:

i could get one online pretty easily. i like tinkering with this kind of thing and trying to design and build my own stuff. must be the engineer in me.

The design can def be improve on. Would be interested in seeing what you come up with

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I saw that video about a month ago. I have purchased the tool, and plan on using it this weekend. I’ll post how it worked for me. I’m sure it will all be good. I’ll throw in a couple of pictures as well for, all to see. 

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Buy the correct tool. That clamp design is trash and will destroy the paint on your forks (even taped up).

 

I bought one years ago from the san diego shop,  used it once and saw it rip the paint off the fork leg. I think it's in my junk box now.

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Thanks for the feed back. I would be real reluctant to use that style on a painted fork.  The paint on my lambretta is not good, and I was going to try and change the fork links without taking the front end off.  I’ve never done this before. Is it possible to use the standard spring compressor ( of which I also bought) to take the fork links out without taking to front end off.  Thanks for the help scott

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5 hours ago, Spj said:

Thanks for the feed back. I would be real reluctant to use that style on a painted fork.  The paint on my lambretta is not good, and I was going to try and change the fork links without taking the front end off.  I’ve never done this before. Is it possible to use the standard spring compressor ( of which I also bought) to take the fork links out without taking to front end off.  Thanks for the help scott

Dropping the forks isn't necessary. Yes it makes the rebuild easier but that job can be done in place. The hardest part will be keeping the forks still while you compress the springs. Just tie the bars to one side and you'll be good. 

If you plan on replacing the cables too, then drop the forks. Having the headset off makes like easy at that point. 

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