fork seals and dust boots

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steve allen
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fork seals and dust boots

Post by steve allen » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:23 am

Is it very hard to change seals and boots? I have a 87 aspencade that I noticed that right fork has fluid leaking and running down on fender. I have bike tore down doing some other maintiance that I have putting off, 8mm wires, valve cover gaskets, right handlebar control, and new belt tensors. Took me awhile just to remove engine guards to get to valve covers, having them (valve covers) powder coated before replacing. ordered new seals and wiper boots, just not sure if able to do it myself. Thanks for any and all input, Steve

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Re: fork seals and dust boots

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:19 pm

The first time I did mine it took 6 hours.
The last time was 3 hours.
The hardest part is pushing the springs back down while screwing the caps on.
I made a tool for that,and marked the cap and fork where the threads start.
I don't remove the forks,just all the moving parts.Not many tools needed.Allen wrenches,"C" clip tool,a PVC coupler split in half to set the new seal,etc,
Re-assembly is usually done in a specific way to secure the slides correctly so they don't bind.
If your not sure,"we" can explain how.There's a art to it.Just bolting it back togeather can tweak the slides off a little,It's step by step.
There should be plenty of posts of "how to's " about this.
If you can get the procedure down step by step first,it really isn't a hard job.

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