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woodward
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fork seals

Postby woodward » Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:11 pm



What is the secret to replacing fork seals. This will be my third time on this 86 Goldwing and I fallowed the manuel. Any ideas



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Re: fork seals

Postby MJSantos » Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:16 am

All I can think of right now. Have you replaced the bushings with the seals? Also check for burrs on the tubes and too much air pressure will take them out.

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Re: fork seals

Postby thrasherg » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:52 am

Also check that your forks are not pitted, if the chrome becomes pitted it will damage the delicate sealing lip on the seals very quickly. If there is some pitting, you can try rubbing the chrome section with some very fine sand paper. It will not stop the seals from leaking, but will usually make the seals last longer as the sandpaper removes the sharp burrs from the edge of the pitting. If you run too much oil or too high air pressure inside the forks it will also cause the seals to leak sooner.

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Re: fork seals

Postby Mooseman » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:25 am

New seals and dust boots. Also keeping the fork leg clean of bugs where it slids up and down. Don't remember where I saw it but someone had made a cover for the fork leg where they slide and hasn't had a leaky seal since. Makes since to me. But if not done right would distract from that fine looking machine.
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Re: fork seals

Postby woodward » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:27 pm

Thanks all
The auto level keeps it at 6 psi
Going to give it another try at least it's not that expensive. I'll get it.




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