07 KX250 two stroke - top triple clamp removal

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4/17/2018 2:06 PM

The top clamp on my '07 KX250 is not cooperating with me or the dead-blow I'm using. Did Kawasaki begin pressing on both ends of the clamp?

More importantly, what tool(s) are needed for removal? I can't see how I'd fit the entire thing (with frame still attached) in my shop press not that I'd even want to.

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

4/17/2018 2:25 PM

Soak it with some penetrating oil like liquid wrench or PB blaster. I’ve had trouble getting old triples off before as well. They usually come around with enough lube and hammering.

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4/17/2018 2:35 PM

Try some heat too

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4/17/2018 2:38 PM

You took the nuts off from the stem correct? Every set of clamps I’ve taken apart, the bottom will drop out as soon as the nuts come off. Smack the stem downward. Put a pillow or something underneath so you don’t smash your bottom clamp into the floor.

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4/17/2018 7:38 PM

JBecker 72 wrote:

Soak it with some penetrating oil like liquid wrench or PB blaster. I’ve had trouble getting old triples off before as well. They usually come around with enough lube and hammering.

Phrasing.

Kroil and a dead blow did the trick. Gracias, senor.

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto