Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model


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Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby Wingryder1 » Sun May 03, 2015 12:51 pm



Three years ago I rebuilt my forks with new bushings and seals and progressive springs. Well today noticed one side is starting to leak. Since its been a while , I can't remember if one can replace that seal without removing the springs and all the fun that entails. I am not going to replace the bushings as pretty sure they are fine. Just the seal and dust seal. I must have missed a nick or damaged the seal during installation. Not sure .. did both sides the same.. and half of them leak.
I do have air valves to fill through.
I have read through the excellent post by Wingadmin but hoping I can shortcut a little.

dm



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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby virgilmobile » Sun May 03, 2015 1:54 pm

I have...I used a PVC coupler split in half then taped around the fork..then tap with a long rod from the top to seat the seal.
I suppose you remember the rest of the procedure..You do have to support the bottom of the slide when you tap the seal in.I temporarily set the wheel back on and let the bike push up the slide a bit.
The split coupler...you do need to remove the ridge in the middle so it's reasonably smooth.
this method is used to seat the slide first before the seal.
Don't forget the snap ring. :D

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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby Wingryder1 » Sun May 03, 2015 4:06 pm

Great. I was planning on pulling the leaking side from the bike.. uppers and all. But you are saying.. I can just
slip up the dust seal, remove the clip.. drain oil from axle bolt and lower will slide off. Have not quite got the
pvc coupler in my mind. Maybe when I go buy one it will become clear. And then you reach down from the top and tap around this coupler to drive in the seal. Correct?

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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby virgilmobile » Sun May 03, 2015 5:56 pm

Pretty much it.you have to thump the slide up and down a few times to get the upper bushing to come out.I think the PVC coupler was a 1-1/2" cold water.Get a idea the diameter of the fork and pick a coupler that will slip over it.Slit it in half,grind off the center ridge then tape it back together around the fork.This become the driving tool for the bushing and seal.Being plastic,it won't damage it.

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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby Wingryder1 » Mon May 04, 2015 5:45 pm

Virgil
One more question but most likely not my last. Can you drive in the slide bushing and the seal as a unit.? Or is it better to seat each of these one at a time. ? I am assuming all parts in question slip up from the bottom just as easily as from the top?
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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby virgilmobile » Mon May 04, 2015 6:06 pm

I did each one separately.Just so I could verify the bushing was seated before I dropped the rest into place.
Everything just slides up the fork..backward of how it's taken off.I do hold the dust seal,main seal and other parts up the fork with tape when I tap in the bushing.

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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby Wingryder1 » Mon May 04, 2015 7:13 pm

Thanks.. let you know how it goes when the parts come in mid week.

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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby Wingryder1 » Mon May 18, 2015 2:37 pm

Virgilmobile.. Question. I finally got my lost parts and started the job. Ran into a problem removing the bottom bolt that holds the lowers to the fork tube. It just turns. I thought the spring tension would hold it for sure but does not seem to be the case.
I have not been into those antidive systems.. but thinking about removing the covering and see if I can hold the inside with a
screwdriver. Do not want to see parts fly all over when I open it up. Suggestions? PS Just had a thought.. maybe an impact wrench.. I will give that a try before opening up the anti-dive.

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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby Wingryder1 » Mon May 18, 2015 7:29 pm

Ok that worked fine. Got it apart no problem. Will button it up tomorrow.

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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby virgilmobile » Mon May 18, 2015 9:15 pm

Sheesh...you guys are getting good...posting how you did something before I could even put in my 2 cents worth.
What's a nosy guy suppose to do.

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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby redial » Wed May 20, 2015 10:26 am

Nosy guys go for a ride when they are not needed :lol: Cos their GW always needs them.
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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 20, 2015 11:10 am

Sorry I took so long to see this post....
I was out riding my Wing. :lol:

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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby Wingryder1 » Wed May 20, 2015 6:36 pm

Ride first.. Puter later.
Virgilmobile. Well I had some trouble seating the bushing so went ahead and just took the fork off. I did not like striking the pvc edge for fear of damaging the fork surface. I even tried a T coupler with a one inch t outlet. Thought I could bang on this rather than the edge of the coupler.I ground a old socket to fit over the half inch t nipple and used a long 3/8 extension. Thought I had re-invented your method. But.the limited access made it tough. Wife was doing the hammer work while I held the bottom in place. Her patience ran out and so did mine.
I do appreciate your help and thank you again.

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Re: Replacing Fork Seal only 94 SE model

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 20, 2015 9:02 pm

Whatever works.Sometimes easier takes longer.Glad you got it done.




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