Newbie needs fork seal help


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eveready
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Newbie needs fork seal help

Postby eveready » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:25 pm



I have a 82 Interstate. I've read and tried the how to article. I'm trying to replace fork seals but can't get lower leg to come off. I've followed the directions on this post, but have wore my arms and shoulders out trying thump that lower leg down to dislodge the seal and it won't move. I've removed the bolt out of the bottom, removed the inner springs, circlip and plate below, but the seal won't move. Any suggestions? I even put the tube back on the bike to hold it.



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Re: Newbie needs fork seal help

Postby doctorpaul » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:03 am

I found it difficult to deliver enough force to the seals when the forks are still on the bike if they are really stuck tight. If you have access to a rather large bench vise, clamp the lower slider in the vise after wrapping it well with cloth to protect it. Rotate the vise so that the fork tube is pointing downward. Place a folded towel beneath the work area to catch any dripping oil and protect the top end of the tube when it comes free. A few very forceful downward blows of the fork tube should dislodge the stubborn seal. A "backing ring" washer fits between the slider and the bottom face of the seal; make certain it is still flat and has not taken on a conical shape through this torture! If it has, it needs to be replaced. I just replaced the seals on my '80 GL1100I; one was easy to remove, the other was a real bear!
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Re: Newbie needs fork seal help

Postby WINGER3 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:15 pm

Hi eveready; the seals are a bear to get out sometimes, as doctorpaul says a vise is almost a must on these. What I want to tell you is when you are ready to put the top cap back on the down tube, this how to make the job easy, I'v done it this way for 40 years and works.

1st befor you put in the springs, take the top cap and find just where the threads start to inter-connect with the tube threads, back of just befor the connection and mark both the cap and tube at that point, now you will know where the threads join and position the cap to connect on the first try to screw it together. The reason for this is when the springs are in the tube it takes a lot of down pressure to push the spring down and turn the cap with out cross threading it, not a good idea. Remember to fill the fork leg with the right amout of fluid befor assembly.

I hope this helps, stay at it, you will feal proud you did when done. Bob :mrgreen:
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eveready
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Re: Newbie needs fork seal help

Postby eveready » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:01 pm

Thanks for the advice guys. It was to cold to get in the garage today will give it another try tomorrow.

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Re: Newbie needs fork seal help

Postby eveready » Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:42 pm

Got forks tubes separated from lower legs, but not without wrecking backup plate and bushings. A little advice for anyone else with this problem, a electric heat gun. Just heat the lower leg where the seal sets and they pop right out without beating yourself or the parts up.




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