Am fitting the rebuilt long roadholder forks to my 1956 (pre-featherbed) Model 50 and the manual refers to a "pull through" tool that is needed to get the top of the sliders into the top yoke. Are these available? Do I need one?
Turned down old top nut and some threaded rod and nuts will work, I have used wood dowels when stuck with no access to a lathe.
.....and I'm sure there are more. Very handy and worth the money.
I've had my ES2 for 50 years now and have not needed a tool to pull the tubes into place, but it is a bit more labour intensive. I fit the top and bottom yokes into the frame without the headlight shrouds; this allows you to slide the tube, with the external spring and leather washer on, up through the lower yoke so that you can grasp it, then pull it on up to the top yoke. You should be able to get it into the top yoke so that the top nut can be used to pull it up snugly into place.
Do the same for the other leg, then tighten the pinch bolts on the lower yoke. Now you can remove the top yoke and fit the headlight shrouds and stepped rubber washer; replace the top yoke and tighten up. You can release the pinch bolts for any final adjustment so long as the top nut is holding the tube. Job done!
Thanks Philip. Will try this before I buy the SRM tool.
I use a piece of broom handle. It will cut its own thread if you screw it into the stanchion. Can then use it to pull stanchion up into top yoke. Then tighten pinch bolt on bottom yoke before unscrewing broom handle and fitting top nut.