fork seal replacement

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fork seal replacement

Post by thompsoj22 » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:14 am

got the 86 1200I fairing off to install new stereo. I have had the fork seals for weeks but with all the talk of "special tools to compress springs" I have been reluctant to tackle it. Well after a six pack I dove in and found it to be a simple job. the springs only extend maybe 6 inches outside the tube when the fork cap is removed. when reinstalling I simply marked the start point for the threads on both the tube and cap, clock the cap nut accordingly, lean on it with a ratchet and socket and voila both started without cross threading problems. my caps are steal so im not sure which years used aluminum which would be a little more tricky. anyway, don't fear fork seals their simple!

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Re: fork seal replacement

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:51 am

You're right, marking the start of the thread on both the cap and the fork is a good thing to do. Some bikes have a lot more force on the springs - the GL1500 has close to 100 lbs of force (depending on the springs being used), and trying to push that in while lining up threads, and then keeping that force in place while turning the cap far enough to get the threads to hold can be an iffy job.

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