Removing Bottom Yoke

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Having trouble removing the bottom yoke on the MKIII. I've been rapping on it hard with a plastic mallet and i can't get the thing to drop. The bearing isn't tapered, but is the bottom of the yoke? The book says remove the nut and it should fall out. I've got it soakin with some PB and it still doesn't want to budge. Do i need to physically pull the thing down?

Search didn't pop up any results so here's the last resort. Maybe someone has had this same problem.
 

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There's no taper, you just need to keep at it until it moves by knocking it downwards, or rest the lower yoke up against against the lock stops and tap the upper yoke sideways, keep soaking the joint with plenty of penetrating oil.
Member Coco had exactly the same problem recently, see this previous thread ~bottom of page 4 and page 5: http://accessnorton.com/norton_commando ... o&start=45
 
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thanks for the link LAB, i'll get back at it tomorrow. I also need to find out why my new lower fork bushing for the damper rod doesn't fit, kinda pisses me off. Also what are you greasing the yoke bearings with? I'm guessing something thick like a wheel bearing grease. Thanks ~Gavin
 
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I just went throug all of that BS.

You basically have to smack that lower yoke with a rubber mallet or hammer and wood block, like it owes you money. Seroiusly.

One of my lower bushes also did not fit. I had to slightly hone out the inner diameter of the bronze bushing until it went on without major reistance.

Or are you talking about the smaller steel bushing on the bottom of the stanchion tube?
 

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GavinJuice said:
Also what are you greasing the yoke bearings with? I'm guessing something thick like a wheel bearing grease. Thanks ~Gavin

The yoke bearings are a rubber sealed ball type bearing, so need no maintenance, (and are non-adjustable).
So provided there is no roughness in either bearing when the yokes are turned and there is no play in the forks there should be no need to do anything.
 
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Sadly even today, Norton forks are best selectively assembled which is a luxury most of us don't have.

If the bush won't fit on the stanchion, check the stanchion carefully for burrs and then hone or lightly ease the inside of the bush. Once its in place, it doesn't need to move so it should be a good push fit.
 
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GavinJuice said:
the smaller steel bushing on the bottom of the stanchion tube.

Weird. Mine went on without an issue. Actually there was no reistance at all. It was the bronze bushings that gave me the trouble, and just on one leg. The other went together smoothly.
 
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some time with a honing stone and she's on there snug. i didn't want to accept using the old bushing being that it was a little loose. persistence prevailed@!!
 
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