Goldwing front fork seals. Oil wont drain.


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jaybird33
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Goldwing front fork seals. Oil wont drain.

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Hi all!

I've started the job of replacing my front fork seals. I got the wheel off and opened the fluid drain plugs but nothing is coming out. Seems like they only back off a few turns and can't be removed completely. The forks have been leaking for a while and still are, but nothing will come out the bottom. Was hoping to just drain them and pull the shocks off the forks while leaving the forks on the bike. I know if you drain them and then remove the snap ring under the dust seal you can just slide them down hard a few times to expose the seal, but they won't slide easily so I suspect there is still fluid in there. Any thoughts as to why they won't drain?


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Re: Goldwing front fork seals. Oil wont drain.

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They need to come out completely.

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jaybird33
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Re: Goldwing front fork seals. Oil wont drain.

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The thing is they don't though lol. I got them loosened easily enough, but it seems like you can unscrew them indefinitely and they won't come out. I can tighten them back up again but they never come completely out. What is it threading into? I can hear what sounds like a spring turning on the inside when i keep turning them.
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Re: Goldwing front fork seals. Oil wont drain.

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hit em with an impact, short trigger bursts only burp, burp, burp, and they will come out. you are hearing the damper rod turning.
jaybird33
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Re: Goldwing front fork seals. Oil wont drain.

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Using my cordless drill (not impact) I finally got the one on the left off. No luck on the other one yet. Should I be pulling down on the shock? Pushing up? The bolt just keeps spinning. I do have an air impact but doesn't seem like I need any power to turn it
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Re: Goldwing front fork seals. Oil wont drain.

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just let it hang. rapid squeeze and release of impact trigger will break loose the bolt, and spin it out.
jaybird33
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Re: Goldwing front fork seals. Oil wont drain.

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Yup that did it :) Thanks! Got everything cleaned up and ready to reassemble with new parts tomorrow. Just couldn't get the "oil lock" out of the bottom of the shocks to replace the o-rings. Wasn't leaking there but I figured I may as well since they are apart. Tried hooking on to them with a long dental tool type thing but they are in there good. Figure if they won't come out the o-ring must be ok lol. I'll sleep on it but may just skip it unless someone has an idea.
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