1974 Ducati 750 GT Restoration - 2019.01.05

Took the triple tree apart today, then took it a step further and disassembled the forks completely. I wasn't sure what I'd find, but when I emptied one of the forks tubes, I saw the same nasty smelling café au lait mixture that I saw in my Jeep differentials, which in this case is a blend of fork oil, water, and rust.

The contents of one of the fork tubes.

The other fork tube looked normal and had dark fluid in it, but no evidence of rust. Strange that one tube got moisture in it and the other did not. Anyhoo, a couple of circlips and bolts later - forks disassembled.

Reference photos for the order of the components for reassembly.

The rusty fork leg has me a little concerned, but I think it's just surface rust on the sleeve that goes over the spring. I'll give it some TLC with Flitz and steel wool and see if that fixes the issue. I'll also need to assess the inside of the sleeves and can probably clean them out with shotgun bore brushes. One benefit of being a shooter is having this kind of stuff laying around. Hopefully it does the trick.

Below is a photo of all the fork leg components laid out in order, I hope!

All fork leg components laid out in their proper orientation.

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