If, JB weld doesn't work then solder two nuts to the end of an all thread rod. I guess bend the opposite end of the rod into an L.
Recipe .... preassemble two nuts on the end of an all thread rod and heat the unit up on the kitchen stove to melt & sweat some solder to glue the nuts to the rod. Salt and pepper to taste. Should be sufficient. A gas stove works better. Lastly, take pic of your masterpiece and post the pic here too or be thought of as a fucken ass ingrate. The latest.
U, R, trying to fabricate this Oem tool ....
Your bike, but do not even contemplate taking the forks apart without the vital tool.
Can the fork be pulled apart without freeing the fork piston? No.
Would an impact gun or impact wrench work without the tool holding the fork piston from above. Yes, but there's a possibility of stripping the internal threads at the bottom of the fork tube, like I've already done.
I suspect too that the oil stop lock piece can get deformed if you spin the piston.
If you like torquing things to specs 22 ft-lbs then fabricate something like this on the stove. 8mm though.
I know that this will be a dumb question but does this same thing apply to a 2000?
B.E. already answered the question, but being that the same diagram is used for all years in the manual .... must follow, same fork across all years.