For general information you can also get the spring off by clamping the edge of the steering tube ring in a firmly mounted vise and using the fork for leverage. Getting it back on involved a large pair of channel locks and a screwdriver.
So for the next question. Am I right in assuming once you get the top cone in over the bearings that the spring mounted ring goes on next followed by the locking nut? It seems like the proper way to go but I thought I would check. If anybody has a close up photo of their Springer assembly I would appreciate it. And the learning process continues!
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