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Old Oct 6th 2016, 01:17 PM   #1
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HOW TO remove fork off a 2012 1199 base

Hey all, i tried to search and didnt come up with anything useful. I need to know how to remove the stock forks off my 2012 base 1199 because Im going to pickup a set of Ohlins FGRT 203 Nix forks and would like to do the job myself. It doesnt seem too hard but a DIY would be helpful. Also if anyone knows the tools i would need that would be amazing!

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Old Oct 6th 2016, 04:48 PM   #2
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First question. Do you know the upper and lower fork tube diameters of the triple clamp you will be using and the forks you will be installing? Better check that compatibility first. If they are different your going to be buying a set of triples to go with your new forks.
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Old Oct 7th 2016, 06:16 AM   #3
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I checked, they're a direct bolt on. These forks are actually made for the BASE 1199 so it works out perfectly.

I plan on suspending the bike from the rafters in my garage since i dont have any other way of supporting the front end while i do this. Where do you guys recommend I hang the bike from ? would the top tripple work or the handle bars?
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Old Oct 7th 2016, 06:55 AM   #4
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I suspended from the upper triple when changing wheels outside in the past and it worked ok. You could also strap all the way round behind the lower triple I guess for a bit more support?

The forks are pretty quick and easy to change, you will need to remove the nose fairing to get to the allen bolts on the lower triple which is a bit of hassle if you havn't done it before. There's some how to change fairings on a thread I put up on 1199 - Ducati Track Fairings - Fitting Phots | Ducati Forum which has some bits that might be helpful.

Easiest way to do it all is to remove the plastics around the ignition and sides.
Remove the side fairings.
Take off the mirrors which also hold on the nose fairing.
There's then two silver bolts behind where the light bulbs go and one bolt underneath the light unit above the mud guard and that gets the nose fairing off and you can get to everything easier.

For the forks you need to Remove the mud guard.
Remove the calipers and then the wheel.
Undo all the bolts on the triple clamps and handle bars and slide the forks out.

Bit light on details but I do have a load of pictures as I changed forks recently so just let me know if you want me to post them.
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Neither. Clip-ons come off when the forks come off. You'll want the top triple free when you replace the forks - not bearing the weight of the bike. You'd need to find a way to suspend by the front frame piece. Or get a head lift front stand and use that. Whatever you do you'll want the triples to move free.
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Old Oct 7th 2016, 08:26 AM   #6
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I suspended from the upper triple when changing wheels outside in the past and it worked ok. You could also strap all the way round behind the lower triple I guess for a bit more support?

The forks are pretty quick and easy to change, you will need to remove the nose fairing to get to the allen bolts on the lower triple which is a bit of hassle if you havn't done it before. There's some how to change fairings on a thread I put up on 1199 - Ducati Track Fairings - Fitting Phots | Ducati Forum which has some bits that might be helpful.

Easiest way to do it all is to remove the plastics around the ignition and sides.
Remove the side fairings.
Take off the mirrors which also hold on the nose fairing.
There's then two silver bolts behind where the light bulbs go and one bolt underneath the light unit above the mud guard and that gets the nose fairing off and you can get to everything easier.

For the forks you need to Remove the mud guard.
Remove the calipers and then the wheel.
Undo all the bolts on the triple clamps and handle bars and slide the forks out.

Bit light on details but I do have a load of pictures as I changed forks recently so just let me know if you want me to post them.

Very good advice, if you dont mind posting the pics that would be amazing...im sure it would help me and others that come across this thread.
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Old Oct 7th 2016, 09:27 AM   #7
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Get a pit stand for the lower triple clamp... You WILL kick yourself if you don't. Take the front wheel and fender off. Get the plastic cover that's bolted to the lower triple off, get the bike on stands, take off the clipons, and loosen the 4 hex screws on each leg (one in the upper triple, and 3 in the lower) and pull out.
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Sorry mate, been too busy at work to find the phots, I'll try and find them later if I get a chance.
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Royal, no need brother i figured it out. Im going to strap the bike up today and get cracking on this. I can fit my wratchet/allen attachment w/o removing the fairing. Also im goign to be using a jack to hold the bike up in conjunction w/ some straps
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I gotta have pics of this operation. Im nervous just thinking about it.
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