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Hello folks,

Okay you wizards, how did you get the nuts off the bottom of the OEM bar clamps (under the top triple clamp)? It's difficult to get a socket onto the nut cleanly and not a lot of room to move. How much of the front end of the bike did you disassemble to get it done?

Thanks for any tips.
 

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I did mine with the tank already off for other stuff. Then turn the bars all the way to one side etc. If I recall right I used one of those universal joints (is that what they are called in this situation?) that goes between the socket and ratchet or extension so you can be at a slight bend.
 

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Okay, that's what I figured. Thanks Bob. I didn't want to, but I guess I'll have to move the tank. I got annoyed and frustrated and gave up. Not having full strength in my left arm yet makes it harder. I think I need a helper. :p
 

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Google: site:FZ09.org GPR Dolan

I found this, he said he did with the tank on, in his tool list he has uni.
http://www.fz09.org/forum/14-fz-09-performance/1868-gpr-steering-dampener.html#post33530

I think in another thread Dolan (IMO one of the best mechanics on the forum) said a bit more about it specifically, but I don't recall where or what he said.

I just went to the garage, seems like a 17mm socket, a uni, and enough extension(s) to get the ratchet below the bottom triple will work
 

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I used a uni and my two foot long extension that I thought I would only use once in my life the day I bought it for another handlebar job. I have now used it a total of five times in 10 years. Turn the bar all the way to the other side to tighten. I left the tank in but be careful. If it breaks loose, you are sure to dent the tank. I try to refrain from taking my tank off if I can avoid it. It is so easy to scratch the frame even if it is taped up.
 

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No need to remove any parts just DON'T turn the steering to full lock, some bumps on the steering head will get in the way, just turn it a little and use a couple of extension bars to get the ratchet below the lower tripple clamp.
 
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Okay, thanks for the tips guys. I think my biggest problem was getting frustrated with my weak arm (I had just gotten home from the gym too so energy was low). I'll get it done with a few more extensions and some elbow grease.
 

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LOL... I thought about that. I did use it on the headstock nut. I get nervous using impact with extensions and U joints, but I guess just start low and be sure the socket is firmly on the nut.
 

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No need to remove any parts just DON'T turn the steering to full lock, some bumps on the steering head will get in the way, just turn it a little and use a couple of extension bars to get the ratchet below the lower tripple clamp.
This is what I did and it worked great.
 
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