Video-Based Look Inside a Motorcycle Fork Leg

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The diagrams in our manuals are great.  They show schematically how things are supposed to go together.  Individual pieces are numbered, and each one is given a description.  Here is one for my 1972 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead FLH.

fork diagram

Sometimes though, those semi-hand-drawn looking diagrams can be a little confusing.  Maybe the parts you are looking at don’t really look like their two-dimensional, black-and-white representation.  I find this happens particularly often for small parts.  Things would certainly be a lot easier if those diagrams were more like those restaurant menus where they have a picture of the food next to each description.

Anyways, with that in mind I decided to share a video on the topic.  It is essentially a video-based look inside a motorcycle fork leg.  As some of you may know from following me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, I am neck deep in a front-end rebuild of my Shovelhead.

I have completely disassembled both fork legs and methodically cleaned each internal part.  The parts are now laid out on the ground in order, ready for re-assembly. 

Below is a helpful video showing you how to rebuild the forks on your own bike.

Don’t miss my related posts on Harley-Davidson fork oil specifications and the motorcycle fork leg damper assembly.

Anyways, I hope you found this video-look inside a motorcycle fork leg helpful.  Not all fork legs are exactly the same, but most are substantially similar.

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