Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Kitchener Ontario
According to 13-10 Suspension
It states to loosen the top plug (B) beforehand if disassembling ( 13-10), also to do it after the upper clamps are loosened.. 13-2 is a exploded version showing the top plugs which I think are still attached in your photo. Go to page 13-11, the point you are at requires two wrenches , second photo down page 13-11. Page 13-13 shows left front fork, same thing. You mention Service manual I see over 6 photos, showing the use of the wrenches, with the wrenches in place in the photo.
Nothing personal but I would advise you take a closer look, it doesn't say to turn clockwise or counterclockwise, however keep in mind that a mistake by you could cost you your life, it might warrant heading to the nearest dealer, with the parts in a box. FYI rather than look at the PDF version, I went into my garage and dug out my paper copy of the 2015 service manual, no one asked me to do it, just trying to solve your problem.
Last edited by onewizard; 09-16-2018 at 09:10 PM.