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Help with Springer fork

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Norrin

Look Ma, No Hands!
I need some help from the experts on this one. I have zero experience with springer forks and I need to know if I can take this thing apart so I can paint it. Can the spring be removed and put back in without a press or compressing things? Also, does anyone have any idea about what year it's from? Or any recommendation where I can look to get an idea of the year?

Thank you for any help you can provide, I really appreciate it.

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falconer

Finally riding a big boys bike
You dont need to compress anything, no special tools. Just simple mechanical skills. Its non locking so probably 53-55 ish
 

coasterbrakejunkie1969

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
I need some help from the experts on this one. I have zero experience with springer forks and I need to know if I can take this thing apart so I can paint it. Can the spring be removed and put back in without a press or compressing things? Also, does anyone have any idea about what year it's from? Or any recommendation where I can look to get an idea of the year?

Thank you for any help you can provide, I really appreciate it.

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The hardest part is the coupling that holds the spring to the yoke. Often it gets left in place, it is tricky to get apart and back together.
 

westwildcats

Look Ma, No Hands!
Does the drilled hole for the axle in the right springer leg help date it? I know later ones have two open slots/drop outs.
 

Porkchop & Applesauce

Wore out three sets of tires already!
The steartube on a postwar is 7” long. The steertube on a prewar is 6 1/2” long. Only the early postwar springer and prewar springer will have the smaller rods. Use the search on here because there’s a ton of information about the Schwinn springers on here
 

Porkchop & Applesauce

Wore out three sets of tires already!
My prewar has the same style ends on the fork legs as yours so measure the length of your steer tube and that’ll tell ya weather it’s prewar or not assuming nothing was changed. Judging by the looks of the paint it appears as though nothing was changed.
 

Norrin

Look Ma, No Hands!
The steertube is 7" so it is post war according to all of you. I managed to get the frame the fork was on before I got it and the frame dates to 10/25/1951. I don't know if it was original to the frame but some of the dark green on the steertube matches so I'm going to say it was original. Looks like this is a 1951 fork and all of your comments seem to support that. Thank you so much for all the help.
 
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