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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-18-2019, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Front Fork and seal replacement

Good afternoon and thank you in advance.
I have a leaky seal on my right fork leg. I have ordered the seal set and will also be changing the springs to progressive.
My question is, should I do it with the forks on the bike and avoid taking them from it, to avoid any issues re installing. Or should I just remove them and do everything off the bike?

Thoughts are appreciated.
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Barea$$

I'm sure others will chime in.

I did my seals w/ forks on the bike. But not the springs.


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make life easier..


just remove forks... do one side then the other... Done.


remember.. there are left and right side.. they are different... internal....
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Chuck, any issues with alignment? Or by doing one by one it should not be an issue? I am concerned on any specifics for when I put the forks back on the triple tree and the lower tree.
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Chuck, any issues with alignment? Or by doing one by one it should not be an issue? I am concerned on any specifics for when I put the forks back on the triple tree and the lower tree.
Thanks in advance.
no difference.. then any other front end

check manual

after all assembled.... bike on its tires.. with all triple tree bolts lightly loose. hold front brakes .. bounce front end.. to micro-align forks.. torque to specs..
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Just carefully measure the relation of the top of the legs to the top triple tree. Put them back the same way. Also, if you are going to pull them apart change the bearings and sliders. They are relatively inexpensive parts, and if worn will clean out your new seals in short order. It's a straight forward job, no sweat.

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As Jimbo said..


last September.. I replaced the bushings and seals... no extra work for the bushings.. as they need to be removed to do the seals anyway...


my seals leaked because the bushings were BEAT-UP
from to many pot-holes...
aka 83,000 miles... I got my bike NEW... first time front end was apart..
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It's easier to take them off. Makes it easier to drain the old oil out too. When reinstalling just line up the fork cap with the triple tree as close as you can. You can then put the axle in to line them up but keep in mind that normally the axle holes are a little off. This accounts for the push-me-pull-you effect of the forks. The left and right are different, one pulls one pushes so if the axle is not perfect that's ok. Also remember that you dont have to remove the counter spring in the left fork. The bushings and seals will come off just fine.
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I can confirm taking them off the bike will make things easier. Plus if your fork oil is old/brown you will want to clean the forks out real good.
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Chuck/Jimbo and all others thank you as always for your thoughts and feedback. Got the parts and springs today. Will try to get this done on Sunday. Thank you again
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