Front fork seals attempt


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Front fork seals attempt

Postby IAAustin » Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:50 pm



Today I took on the front fork seals, and originally hoped to get it done in a day...so much for that idea :roll: The problem is the drain bolt on the right side broke loose and now only turns in place, I can neither loosen it anymore or tighten it.So at this point, my front brace is still attached to both lowers and please correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like at this point I'm going to have to slide off the lowers and take them to the machine shop on Monday. Also I was going to have the air hose re-done at a local tractor implement being it's 30+ years old, however I am installing Progressive springs which say air is not necessary so I'm wondering the opinion people with the Progressives have about air. Maybe it wouldn't be worth it to re-do that hose just because I've got it off, the bike is an '82 1100 with just the Vetter fairing, usually riding 2 up. Thanks!



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Re: Front fork seals attempt

Postby veg_eta_ble » Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:24 pm

On your drain plug, is there enough gap between the hex head and the fork tube to insert a small screwdriver in between and while gently prying out, rotate hex head with an open end wrench and try to catch a good thread to get your plug out? If not, a pair of vise gripes on the head while rotating it counter clockwise to do the same thing? :?:
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Re: Front fork seals attempt

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:38 am

I installed progressive springs on my 1980. I dont use ( or need ) air assist. I did, however, hook up the fittings just to have them.
Are you replacing the buschings? Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Front fork seals attempt

Postby IAAustin » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:41 am

No, unfortunately I cannot get anything in place to pry the bolt out. Now, is that hex bolt just to drain or does it hold something in place? The reason I ask is because after getting the c-clip out I am having a terrible time sliding the lower off, and I have been fairly forceful. Also I did not buy new bushings as of now, I'm sure it's something I'll regret when I finally open it up. :?

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Re: Front fork seals attempt

Postby dingdong » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:13 am

There are allen head bolts at the very bottom. Have you removed these.?

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Re: Front fork seals attempt

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:15 am

At this point you've got nothing to lose. I would clean the drain bolt, then use some J-B weld epoxy and epoxy an allen wrench, bolt, or something else to the end of it. Wait for it to cure, then use that to apply downward pressure while trying to loosen it. Chances are you will be able to catch a good thread and finish backing it out.

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Re: Front fork seals attempt

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:05 am

This may be 2 cents too late,but I do not remove the springs before removing the bottom bolt.It keeps it secure inside.

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Re: Front fork seals attempt

Postby IAAustin » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:29 pm

Thank you everyone for the replies. In the end even with the springs in place I had to use a ratchet strap and really put the pressure on it to prevent the damper from spinning. Put in Progressive springs and am very happy with the final outcome.




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