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fork seals

Postby lwcollmann » Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:14 pm



New to gold wings and have a fork seal leaking. Can I get by with doing one seal or is it much better to do both of them.
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Re: fork seals

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:49 pm

You can do just one...but you will have enough taken apart that doing the other one is only a few more minutes of work. And fork seals are relatively cheap. I rarely have both leaking, and I normally replace both when I replace one. You might want to have a look at the condition of your bushings as well. Have a read through: How to rebuild your front forks

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Re: fork seals

Postby k1w1t1m » Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:23 pm

You might also try running some stiff but thin plastic (a negative strip is good) or a feeler guage around the seal. Sometimes this can dislodge the bug guts or whatever it is meaning you can postpone the operation for a while.

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Re: fork seals

Postby BigBro » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:52 pm

Might look up the Seal Mate on the internet.
There are links for home made items and also a couple videos for how to use it.

I have had more good results than bad with them. Sometimes you just have to replace the seals.

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Re: fork seals

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:24 pm

Check at your local dealer --
I had to do the fork seals on the '92 this year.
They will rebuild them for $159 once they are OFF the bike which I can do easily.
I looked into doing them myself - but the extra tooling and kits to remove the springs safely added up -
And I was pressed for time --
So I bought the parts from Cyclemax (seals, dust covers and slider bushings) and took the lot over to the dealer.
The next day I picked them up and installed them back into the bike...easy... ;)

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Re: fork seals

Postby wingpilot08 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:46 pm

Wingsconsin wrote:Check at your local dealer --
I had to do the fork seals on the '92 this year.
They will rebuild them for $159 once they are OFF the bike which I can do easily.
I looked into doing them myself - but the extra tooling and kits to remove the springs safely added up -
And I was pressed for time --
So I bought the parts from Cyclemax (seals, dust covers and slider bushings) and took the lot over to the dealer.
The next day I picked them up and installed them back into the bike...easy... ;)



I just recently rebuilt both forks. I also looked at having a shop do the work...but decided to do the work and save money. You can build a spring compression tool out of 2x4 and threaded rod and it works great...cost about $10 to build. Saved over $100 and got the satisfaction of doing it myself!
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Re: fork seals

Postby otto1 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:57 pm

k1w1t1m wrote:You might also try running some stiff but thin plastic (a negative strip is good) or a feeler guage around the seal. Sometimes this can dislodge the bug guts or whatever it is meaning you can postpone the operation for a while.



+1 on this. Try to clean them first.
Here is seal mates video. http://www.sealmate.net/
You can use a piece of thin stiff plastic or a thin feeler guage.
I've had it work many times on my road and dirt bikes. Just make sure you go through the clean off process to make sure there is no residual oil left behind.




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