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Removing Triple Tree/Top Bridge

I am trying to remove the triple tree to replace my left clip-on. So far Ive removed the pinch bolts on clip-ons and the triple tree, used a rubber mallet to tap on the triple to aid removal but still luck. Ive done my searching on the site and found a how to (the one about turning the key to off) but it still doesn't help. My triple tree has probably moved 1 mm from the hammering. It seems as if its welded to the forks. Help please.

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Anybody else had or have this problem?

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I hate to say this but I would leave the triple alone and remove the fork. Only because to take the triple off, you have to losen it from both forks... Remove the nut in the center and I think also a locknut under it... then when you put it back on... the nut and locknut have to be torqued for the steering bearings to have the correct pressure on them.

If the triple has moved already, then that's what you have to do. I have not taken the trpile off so I don't know what you need to do but I think there is a special tool you'll have to use. PM prowakeskater... He has just rebuilt his bike and I know he had the triples off.

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The top triple comes off without messing with the stearing head lock nut.

Once you get the pinch bolts loosened up and the top nut off, it just takes some encouragement from a rubber mallet to get it moving.

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So the locknut is underneath the triple and that's what sets the tension on the stem bearings.. Good to know thanks for the clarification Harp.

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Problem revisited a month later and still no luck. Please help guys. I'm using a 1 lb mallet to hammer and its not doing a thing.

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hey cjt... i wrote up a "how to" on how to remove it. i'm not sure if you read my post already. i read that you removed the bolts for the pinch bolts. did you also remove the upper pinch bolts on the triple that pinch to the forks? also, sometimes there is a metal bracket that holds the handlebar to the upper triple. another stupid question, did you already remove the stem nut?

when you say to the "off" position for the key, this means that you can move the handlebars freely so that you can turn left and right?

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triple should come off easy.
pinch bolts, top nut pull
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I just removed mine tonight. No mallet needed. Pinch bolts and the top center nut (32mm). It doesn't just slide off real easy, I pushed down on the top of the fork with the heel of my hand (note to self wear gloves next time) and pulled up on the triple clamp one side at a time and it came off. Unfortunately when I put it back on I got it all the way down and then walked over to my workbench only to find the locknut and washer laying there. Crap. Another 15 mins out of my life.
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Honda reccommendation is to drop the fork leg I believe - remove front calipers, wheel, fender loosen lower pinch bolts, drop fork leg down reverse to install and torque wrench everything

I personally would not reccommend attempting to leave the forks in the bottom clamps and hammerring out the triple in ANY fashion, if it doesn't move easily on it's own accord you are more likely to bend someting fairly expensive than get the triple off - my 2 cents
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Honda reccommendation is to drop the fork leg I believe - remove front calipers, wheel, fender loosen lower pinch bolts, drop fork leg down reverse to install and torque wrench everything

I personally would not reccommend attempting to leave the forks in the bottom clamps and hammerring out the triple in ANY fashion, if it doesn't move easily on it's own accord you are more likely to bend someting fairly expensive than get the triple off - my 2 cents

it will be fine.
the bottom clamps will hold the forks easily. there is no reason to jack up and remove the forks.
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Problem revisited a month later and still no luck. Please help guys. I'm using a 1 lb mallet to hammer and its not doing a thing.
Stop. Take it to a mechanic or have a friend that is somewhat mechanically knowledgable have a look.
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thanks guys. its been awhile since ive been back on the site. Ive been working so much that i havent time to try another time at it till tonight. and i finally got it off!!!!!!!! i ended up heating the threaded part with an industrial dryer. then i stood over the middle and used two 2 lb mallets on both ends of the tree. took my time tapping and it finally came off. all there is left now is to replace the clip-on, repair the gauged threads, buy another 30 mm nut and reinstall everything.

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Should you have the ignition in off(freely moving) or in lock??

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Thank you Nico I was able to get my triple off and switch my clip-ons out in like 40 minutes so I was pretty psyched how easy it was. I didn't need a mallet at all just slid right off.

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Thank you Nico I was able to get my triple off and switch my clip-ons out in like 40 minutes so I was pretty psyched how easy it was. I didn't need a mallet at all just slid right off.
Cool, ocasionally if the front end is still on the ground you may need to have a mate grab the front brake and push the bike forward to get the triple back on... the weight of the bike will push the tubes backwards a little...
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Cool, ocasionally if the front end is still on the ground you may need to have a mate grab the front brake and push the bike forward to get the triple back on... the weight of the bike will push the tubes backwards a little...
Mine slid right back on lined up and everything. I just had to tap it with a mallet to get it to slide down all the way for the nut to go on. Thanks again!

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ok guys found this thread digging where can i get a socket to retourqe the steering head lock nut at? im in the middle of replacing my front end
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You don't need the socket mate, have a look in my sig and you will find a link to replacing the bearings. Follow that and you will be fine.
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So I am trying to do the same thing, but with a twist.

Someone tried to steal my bike but failed. The broke a screwdriver off in the key slot with no way to pull it out. The key was in the lock position and I have no way to move it out of that position.

How can I remove the top triple clamp, to replace the ignition switch which is completely ruined?

I have all the bolts the service manual mentions removed, but it only wiggles around each fork. It seems to me as though the steering lock also locks the top triple clamp to the frame? Is that right? Does anyone have knowledge regarding the steering lock mechanism. I couldn't find anything on it in the service manual.

Any other ideas on how to remove my trashed ignition switch?
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That's right... you have to drop the forks down to get enough room to remove the top triple.
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going to high jack this as i cannot find this info anywhere.

Changing the clip ons on an 09. What size is the center bolt on the top triple tree. I have seen both 30mm and 32mm. i need to buy the right socket.

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