If you know even some basic Lambretta mechanics, the chances are you have come across a Lambretta fork spring compressor tool in the past. The thing is, it doesn’t suit all models.
The typical tool that covers the Series 1, 2 and 3 type Lambrettas (including Spanish and Indian derivatives), is used to compress fork springs, allowing removal of the links, and subsequently the spring itself, so all parts can be serviced or replaced.
Now while the Lambretta J range series of models has a similar set up for its forks, the aforementioned tool is too big for the wee little scooters. In fact, as any J-range owner can tell you, this doesn’t just apply to the fork spring tool, but clutch compressor and pretty much everything else as well. Anyway, salvation is here courtesy of Casa Lambretta who have developed a tool for the job, something apparently even Innocenti didn’t do themselves.
I got my tool from Rimini Lambretta Centre, but you should be able to order one from your local Casa Lambretta Dealer, priced around £22.00 in the UK, or €25,00 in Europe.
In my opinion, it does exactly what it says on the tin, is easy to use and far easier to store than a Series 3 fork spring compressor. In a nutshell, if you have a J-range, get yourself one of these.
How’s it used?
- Firstly insert the main section of the tool alongside the fork spring in the leg. Note that the attached piece of the tool can be turned around to suit the other fork leg.
- Next slide the small curved piece of the tool in over the fork spring, the small indentation facing towards the tool.
- Like you would on a Series 3, compress the fork spring by hooking a ring spanner (or similar) over the end of the link and lever it up, then tighten the bolt on the tool to keep the spring in the compressed position.
- You are then free to remove the fork link (presuming you’ve undone and removed the pivot bolt of course!) while the spring is held out of the way.
- This in turn allows you to also remove the fork spring and rod once the compression tool has been undone and removed.
- This is the complete kit. Note that the small hexagonal piece supplied with the tool is for Lui Vega and Cometa forks. Apparently this works in a similar way in that once the fork spring has been compressed, this piece slides over the end of the internal spring guide and is tightened to hold the spring in it’s ‘compressed’ position.