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Fork seals

I already have both forks off the bike and torn apart ready for new springs, but I figured I might as well do the seals as well. Having never done this before I'm looking for a little insight to the process. Do I need to separate the upper and lower parts of the fork? How do I step by step go about replacing the seals? I just need some help here as I've never done it before and would like to hear from the experience of others. Thanks alot.
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Re: Fork seals

If you have never done it before, send it to a shop. Maybe see if they will let you watch for the learning experience but I would not try it on my own with out ever seeing it done. There are alot of parts that make that system up.

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Re: Fork seals

Agreed, there are many little pieces, but so far me and a buddy whose done springs before have the forks broken down with the springs out, but have not separated the upper from the lower yet. I'm on kinda a time restriction and like doing and learning things on my own so I'm gonna give it a whirl; just looking for some help from others who've done it before is all.
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Re: Fork seals

let me know how that works out for you i'll be doing mine this winter!!
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Re: Fork seals

Invest 50 bucks in a manual and get a seal removal tool.
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Re: Fork seals

Got a manual but it's not exactly dumbed down enough for me. Working on right now and things are going pretty smoothly.
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Re: Fork seals

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Got a manual but it's not exactly dumbed down enough for me. Working on right now and things are going pretty smoothly.
Can't help you on the "dumbed down" part .
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Re: Fork seals

Can't say how many times I've heard that.

I buddy of mine once asked to have it explained to him like he was a 7 year old.... I found that fitting
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Re: Fork seals

You are a brave man. Or a really handy guy.
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Re: Fork seals

Not too bad at all. Total tear down process is probably not even two hours, and most of that is just getting the forks off the bike. Now I just gotta get the new stuff in the mail and hope I don't end up with 'extra' pieces after its back together .
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Re: Fork seals

Just in case you need it:

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Re: Fork seals

No need, but thanks. Finished her up tonight, and it turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be. Ended up leaving the stock spacers in and got a free sag of around 23mm and a static of 32 with no gear; how's this sound?
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Re: Fork seals

Forgot to mention that those numbers were with the compression 1/4 turn from full out, so maybe over the winter it might be a good idea to shave some off the spacers?
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Re: Fork seals

not bad...seems about right for the situation.
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