Easy Installs: Fork Shrouds

Originally Published In The March 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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



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


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.


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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