Easy Installs: Fork Shrouds

Originally Published In The March 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine

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This month, follow along as Todd Muller, Head Tech at Lowbrow Customs, installs a pair of 39mm Fork Shrouds on an ‘06 Harley- Davidson Sportster. Fork Shrouds are a quick and easy install, but like any work you do on a motorcycle, it must be done right to ensure safety. This how-to should give you the knowledge and confidence to tackle this E-Z install on an easy Saturday morning and be back on the road with more style in a flash. Before work is performed, make sure the front wheel is raised off the ground.

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1. Remove the front fender. Important Note: the fender cannot be used with the fork covers.

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2. Using a 10mm, 12 point socket, remove the brake caliper & then take off the caliper.CSM-MAR2016.pg46_Page_1_Image_0004 Do not let it hang by the brake line. A small bungee cord and a rag wrapped around the caliper works well.

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3. First loosen the axle nut, and then the pinch bolt in the bottom of the right fork lower leg, and remove the front wheel.

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4. Loosen the top and bottom pinch bolts on the triple trees (one side at a time) and remove the bolts- be sure to hold the fork tube as it will fall out if not supported.

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5. Slide the entire fork tube out of triple trees.

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6. Install fork cover. The spacers will go on the bottom; in-between the tab on the shroud and the bottom triple tree.

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7. Slide tube back into the trees and check installed height of tubes at the top tree. Torque pinch bolts to factory specifications & repeat for other side.

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8. Re-install wheel and brake caliper. Torque the front axle, being sure to follow the proper procedure in your workshop manual. Torque the brake caliper bolts.

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