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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-03-2019, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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PVC fork tool?

Getting ready to replace both fork seals in my 1800 R. I have read in the forms that you can use PVC coupler as a way to press in the new seals. What size coulper 2 inch? 1 and a half?

I have ordered OEM parts. So is it better to just go ahead and order the special tool? Or has anybody had any luck making their own tool?

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seal driver New is $ 46 plus shipping.


here is link to your question..
https://tech.bareasschoppers.com/res...ls/#sealdriver
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Getting ready to replace both fork seals in my 1800 R. I have read in the forms that you can use PVC coupler as a way to press in the new seals. What size coulper 2 inch? 1 and a half?

I have ordered OEM parts. So is it better to just go ahead and order the special tool? Or has anybody had any luck making their own tool?
I've made the pvc....... DIY.

I would buy the special tool.

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So it sounds like I need to get the fork seal driver. 45mm Tool 07kmd-kz30100

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I used a 2 pvc coupling for my Valkyrie forks which are either the same or almost the same. I used a hacksaw and split it in 2 lengthwise. Use a dremel or fine file to clean up the edges as well as the ridge inside the coupling. I then used a hoseclamp to hold the two halves together after installing it on the forks. Position the smooth, non-lettered side toward the seal. Make sure to use a plastic mallet to protect your forks when driving the seal in. You do NOT want to miss and hit your fork tubes with a metal hammer. Work your way around slowly. It worked great for me and was cheap.
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Same here. Make your own PVC tool. It works fine.
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Getting ready to replace both fork seals in my 1800 R. I have read in the forms that you can use PVC coupler as a way to press in the new seals. What size coulper 2 inch? 1 and a half?

I have ordered OEM parts. So is it better to just go ahead and order the special tool? Or has anybody had any luck making their own tool?
Toamille, what is the part number for the seals? I need to change mine as well. Did you buy a set or individually the parts.
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I don't know if this will work with the 1800 but I've used pvc to drive seals on other bike forks, equipment cylinders, and gear shafts. Schedule 40 PVC softens surprisingly easy with just a little heat, if split it conforms to a new diameter larger or smaller and stays that way when cool. Take a piece of pvc and split it or cut a strip out so it can be reduced, I run it down my table saw. Warm it with a heat gun, I think a hair dryer would be hot enough. Press it over the end of the shaft to make it bigger or slide it down over and squeeze it shut with your hand to make it smaller. Cools in a few seconds and stays that way forever, a perfect fit. Make it long enough and tap it with a mallet.
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I did get the set for my 1800R

SEAL SET, FR. FORK
51490-MCA-003

as well as
BUSH, SLIDER
51415-MCH-003
BUSH, GUIDE
51414-MCH-003

I did refill the forks with ATF. I have read good and bad things about switching over to transmission fluid.

I also picked up a Motion Pro (08-0491) 45mm Ringer Fork Seal Driver. Works very well.
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Made one when i changed seals in my wife's shadow.
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