Bob and Mark have begun disassembly of the 2014 FLHX front end. This disassembly is in anticipation of Performance Machine lower fork sliders, bells, and Monotube fork cartridge kit. Another reason you might remove the forks on this model and many others would be to change the fork oil, replace fork seals, or complete other modifications such as the installation of a lowering kit.
With the front calipers, wheel, fender, and ignition switch knob already removed, Bob removes the hardware that retains the lower bezel. Take care when removing this painted component. If the motorcycle has accessory switches, they will need to be unplugged when the bezel is slightly moved away. Removal of this component is easier if time is taken to remove the dash assembly. Removal of the lower bezel gives a clear view and access to the one upper, and two lower fork tube pinch bolts on the upper and lower trees.
Next, the front turn signal assemblies are unbolted, unplugged and set aside in a safe location.
The front lower, chrome skirt is removed next. Take care when removing from its fixed position. There are engagement tabs on the skirt and the outer fairing that lock together. Removing the lower bezel and skirt gives access to the slider cover (or, cow bell) retaining hardware. The hardware can be removed, and slider covers set aside, after the fork sliders are removed.
Have your second set of hands holding the fork tubes as the pinch bolts are loosened. Remove both fork assemblies and set aside for disassembly. The slider covers can now be unbolted and removed if they are to be cleaned, painted, or replaced. Don’t forget to reinstall them before the fork assemblies upon reassembly.
Now is a good time to clean the front of the motorcycle’s frame and fork trees. Road debris tends to build up here, especially with looming grease residue from the neck. Clean the fork sliders tube allocations (where the forks slide through) in the trees with a scotch pad. Overtime, these areas are prone to rust and deterioration from the elements. A quick service of this area now may help to avoid aggravation on a future service.