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Andreani Cartridges
on: July 17, 2019, 06:40:51 AM
I'm installing Andreani cartridges but do not have the fork oil level.

Does anyone have the proper measurement?

The installation manual refers to a non-existent chart.   :157:

I do have an email out to the supplier but as the UK is rising to greet a new day, I thought I ask if anyone has the data.


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Re: Andreani Cartridges
Reply #1 on: July 17, 2019, 08:00:30 AM


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Re: Andreani Cartridges
Reply #2 on: July 17, 2019, 11:37:16 AM
Thank you!

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Re: Andreani Cartridges
Reply #3 on: July 18, 2019, 01:59:55 PM
With a little help from my friends……

Put on the center stand and lash down the rear.  Tie off the center stand to prevent collapse.



Remove and suspend calipers. Detach hoses from fender.  Remove wheel and fender.





Book stuff




Break the upper clamp bolt free and then break the fork cap while still mounted.




Break the bottom clamp bolts free.




Get the fork out!


No guts, no glory! Compress the spring, break the lock nut, and unscrew the fork cap.



With the end cap off you can remove all the moving parts.



Drain the old oil out. No pics. It's fairly self explanatory.


Now to remove the damper.  Cut off an 8mm Allen wrench to reach the bottom bolt.





Had to keep the damper from spinning as the bottom bolt was removed so I took this grey PVC pipe and cut two notches that mate with the damper (it has four notches but I figured two would suffice on my tool.)



Next, pry the dust seal off and remove the snap ring.  Apply heat to to the tube and pull it apart.

Viola! I present your OEM fork guts.



Clean the tubes up and prepare to reassemble.


Here's the layout of all the stuff. Tools and expendables are at the top. Next is the Andreani cartridge with the fork tubes next. 

I bought new Honda dust seal, fork seals, back up ring (otherwise known as a big washer), and both bushings.
 
The only re-used parts are the snap ring and bottom bolt.



Tape the end of the tube to protect the seals.






Here's the team waiting their chance to play.




Apply lubes to the rubber. Book says fork oil. I chose grease.








Remove the tape and heat the stanchion tube.



Use the seal driver of your choice to seat the bushing and washer (flat edge towards seal) followed by the oil seal. This is a Motion Pro 43mm.




Push the stanchion down onto the dust seal.






Insert the cartridge (less spring, spacer, and cap) and tighten bolt to 20Nm.




Add oil to a level 135mm below the top of the tubes. I used a flavor injector (big syringe) from the kitchen section of local Walmart and added 135mm of tube.







Bleed the air.  (I'll post instructions in the next post….)



Time to add the spring, spacer, and cap. Tighten the lock nut to the cap.








Re-install in the bike and tighten the cap to specified torque.





Do the other side.
 

Reassemble front end.


Ride.


I recommend  skipping the flat tire though….







Job done.  My first shock rebuild is in the books.  Not perfect. There are a few dings that shouldn't be there, but they are mine.

Last Edit: July 18, 2019, 02:20:03 PM by Dieselboy

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Re: Andreani Cartridges
Reply #4 on: July 18, 2019, 02:01:22 PM
Andreani cartridge install procedure (because the official documentation sucks!):

1. Unscrew the loose Andreani fork cap from the cartridge.
2. Remove the fork cap, spacer, and spring.
3. Screw the fork rod nut to the bottom.
4. Fill  fork tube up with 5 wt fork fluid.
5. Fill 135mm from the top.
6. Extend the upper fork tube about 6 inches.
7. Place your hand over the top of the upper fork tube to make a seal, and slowly press the upper fork tube into the lower fork tube until it bottoms out.
8. Repeat 3 times.
9. Pull the inner fork rod up & down very slowly to avoid spraying out fork oil.
10. Repeat 10 times.
11. Install spring and spacer.
12. Screw preload, rebound and compression screw all the way out counter clockwise.
13. Screw rebound/compression  back in CW four full turns.
14. Screw on the fork cap on to rod until it bottoms out.
15. Tighten the lock nut.
16. Lube o-ring and screw fork cap into fork tube. Torque to spec after reinstallation into bike.


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Re: Andreani Cartridges
Reply #5 on: July 18, 2019, 02:11:35 PM
Thanks for the information and photos!

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Re: Andreani Cartridges
Reply #6 on: July 19, 2019, 10:58:12 AM
Thanks, Dieselboy.  Can you tell me what the part number is for the fog light switch you have installed?  If it is not too much trouble could you tell me where you purchased it if it was difficult to locate?  Glad the cartridges are working out for you! 

Thanks! 

Mike

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Re: Andreani Cartridges
Reply #7 on: July 19, 2019, 12:03:58 PM
Friend got it from Europe but when we tried again, no luck.  Sorry, it is quite the topic here.

I believe there was discussion of a crossover
switch  from the Africa Twin but can't confirm.

If you do find a source, please let me know.