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CRF230F Front Suspension Drain Bolt not Tightening

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Hey there folks!  I've been reading for a while and this is truly a great place full of tons of good info.  So, I'm appreciative of what I have learned thus far.  Hopefully, I can contribute positively to the community in the future.  

I have searched and searched, but I just can't seem to find the answer to the question I'm about to ask.  I replaced my fork seals (thanks to everyone here), and added oil.  Then I noticed there was a small amount of oil dripping out of the drain bolt.  So, I tried to tighten the drain bolt; however, the bolt just spun.  What did I do wrong?  I think I assembled it correctly.

 

Thanks,

 

Danny

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Not sure what you mean by a "Drain Bolt"
If your talking about the Allen head bolt in the lower fork leg that threads into the damper rod and holds everything together then make sure you use a "new" copper gasket in place of the removed "old" gasket.
If you have a genuine Factory Honda Shop manual there is a torque spec that in conjunction with a NEW copper gasket, pretty much guarantees "No more leaks"

Good luck

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Yes, it's the Allen head bolt that screws into the damper. I got one fork all back together and it seemed tight, then after I added the oil I noticed a leak. So, I think I will try compressing the shock so the spring with hold the damper on place while I torque down the Allen screw. I don't have a manual, so does anyone know the torque spec?

 

I got new copper washers from my local Honda dealer. They didn't have any of the Allen head screw so I went to Home Depot and got 8mmx1.25. They thread in there fine. 

 

Thanks again. 

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Thanks for the help. I put the spring in there and capped it off with the top cap. I was able to compress the spring and put enough pressure on the damper so the drain bolt could be tightened. So far, 24 hours and no leaks. 

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Shop manual says 14 ft. lbs., new washers, and to use locktite (blue) on that socket head screw.  

Did you pay attention to what grade the new bolts are?  I have no idea what grade they are but the oem Honda bolts would be the correct grade.

On 9/1/2017 at 9:21 PM, dannythump said:

Yes, it's the Allen head bolt that screws into the damper. I got one fork all back together and it seemed tight, then after I added the oil I noticed a leak. So, I think I will try compressing the shock so the spring with hold the damper on place while I torque down the Allen screw. I don't have a manual, so does anyone know the torque spec?

 

I got new copper washers from my local Honda dealer. They didn't have any of the Allen head screw so I went to Home Depot and got 8mmx1.25. They thread in there fine. 

 

Thanks again. 

 

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