Reserved for Spring assembly: Front
The process here is fairly simple and straightforward. I had some help with this (my wife dropped the lock washer on the top of the piston rod and started the top nut while I compressed the spring by hand). This saved me 15 minutes of compressing/de-compressing the springs with spring compressors.
Note: There IS a proper up/down orientation to the springs. Only one end of the spring will match up with the upper and lower spring perch and the tophat. Check this before installing.
1. Using the picture in the first post, lay out the parts of the front assembly.
2. Install the bumpstop and dustboot at the top of the piston
3. Put the uncompressed spring on the lower spring perch
(If the piston is not fully extended it is VERY difficult to get the top nut started. )
4. Put the nut on the piston and pull out to extend it all of the way
5. Remove the nut
6. Place the tophat in place and have someone drop the washer on the top, then start the top nut.
7. Secure the top nut
8. Release tension on the spring
To secure the tophat we come back to the go-thru sockets. I used a 19mm go-thru socket and a 9mm 1/4" socket through the middle to hold the Koni piston in place.