Front Fork Seals


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OPIE
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Front Fork Seals

Postby OPIE » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:43 am



I have a 1982 Aspencade. I niticedlast night when I got it out of storage that I have a front fork seal leak. Does any one tell me how to fix it? Thank you for the help.



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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby unsteadyrider » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:46 pm

Hello opie!

First thing is download the Manual. You can find a link on this site.
Next order the seal kits. Your local Honda dealer or ebay.
The Manual has you remove the forks from the bike but not necessary.
Put the bike on the center stand. With a floor jack under the motor (or a couple of strong guys) lift the front up and place floor stands under both engine guards.
Follow the manual and remove front wheel and fender.
Release the air pressure and remove the air lines at top of forks.
Drain oil.
Follow manual for disassembly. I.E.; Push dust cover up, remove snap ring, remove allen screw in center of bottom of fork. Push slider up and jerk down to remove seal.
Word of caution: Note the order of parts for reassembly.

For reassembly you need a piece of 1 1/2 in PVC. About 6 - 8in cut in half length wise. Use as a slider to seat the new seal. Seal goes letters up.

Refilling the oil is the hard part. Either dripping it in through the air fitting hole or removing the caps. The caps are what holds the springs in, and are under great pressure.

Here are some pictures of a tool I made to remove and reinstall the caps. OOPS! No pictures allowed.
2in PVC cap and slip fitting and 2 - 3in piece of 1in PVC. Use clay type Epoxy.
Cut a notch in the pipe just large enough for the air fitting. Place wax paper over the cap with the fitting and place the pipe over and fill with the epoxy. (Can be done before or after epoxying the pipe in the slip joint.) (I did after. That is why the screw cap) The cap makes a perfect fit for the heel of the hand and provides the control to hold pressure against the spring.

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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:05 am

This is something I have a LOT of requests for (in terms of the How-To articles) - the thing is, my bike has never had the seals leak, and I don't have a whole lot of motivation to change a set of perfectly good seals. :)

That said, MJSantos has written a great one here:

Fork Seal Repacement

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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby unsteadyrider » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:41 pm

WingAdmin that is a great post by Jsantos.
The tool I described to remove and replace the caps I have pictures of finished but not the step by step. I tried to insert the pictures but was not able. The Img button wants a link to a URL location.

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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:56 pm

It's easy to include pictures in your messages.

When you're writing your message, you'll see two tabs below the text entry area that say "Options" and "Upload attachment". Click on the "Upload attachment" tab. You'll now see a "Browse" button. Click it and use it to select the picture file you want to include. Type a short description of the picture in the "File Comment" box (this will be show in the message under the picture), then click "Add the file."

You can do this several times if you want to add more than one picture to a message.

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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby unsteadyrider » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:06 pm

OK! I'll try that right now. Again.
Fork Cap tool Photo 1
Fork Cap tool Photo 1
Fork Cap Tool Photo 2
Fork Cap Tool Photo 2
Fork Cap Tool Photo 3
Fork Cap Tool Photo 3

If needed I could make another and take step by step pictures.

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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby OPIE » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:06 am

Thanks for all the help! We'll see how well I do when the seals come in. :D

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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby ramdam1 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:45 pm

http://chuck.kichline.com/GoldWing/forks/default.htm


Give this a look too. Helped me. Good Luck!!

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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby OPIE » Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:59 am

Thanks for the help! :D

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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:35 am

CHANGE THE BUSHINGS while your in there..if they are worn they will cause the seals to leak again sooner..
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby ramdam1 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:35 pm

I agree with changing the bushings. I did. Figured while I had them off why waste the time and energy. Mine were worn so I am glad I did.

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Re: Front Fork Seals

Postby k2bertie » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:15 am

Hi.

I may sound a little thick but can you get the caps off without loosening the top clamps, as I think this is the easiest way to re-fill the forks after oil change. Plus I would like to flush the forks before re-fill what is best for flushing. How much Pressure on springs one hand or two to push back?
This is the last job before it goes for its first MOT for some 18 plus years.




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