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Reply #15 - 03/01/14 at 15:14:36
 
youzguyz wrote on 04/05/10 at 13:33:42:
You can also buy the .. professional.. kind.   Roll Eyes

http://www.sealmate.net/


You can also buy a deck of plastic-coated playng cards from the Dollar Store...  they work pretty well, and you'll have a lifetime supply, using a new one every time...
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Reply #16 - 08/22/15 at 20:02:37
 
What parts should be replaced to stop the forks from leaking? Part numbers would help a lot as well as places that sell quality parts but are not too expensive.
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Reply #17 - 08/22/15 at 20:16:43
 
First step, eyeballs on the front of the fork sliders at and just above the seals. Clean? Smooth?
If so, try the card,
Putting seals in isn't too technical, but it is not fun.
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Reply #18 - 08/23/15 at 08:44:10
 
It's smooth, but there is grime where the dust shield stops when the forks bottom out. Also oil and grime on top of the fork seal. I will give the card method a try just as soon as I am allowed to start wrenching again.
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Reply #19 - 08/23/15 at 08:56:59
 
you may not wash it a lot, but that are needs care, dried bug guts, bump, crud gets jammed in the seal. Sometimes, the card trick gets it. If you get crud out but it keeps weeping, don't give up.
And whaddya MEAN


just as soon as I am allowed to start wrenching again.


Did somebody take your toolbox away? Is she holding it hostage? What are her demands?
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Reply #20 - 08/23/15 at 09:12:45
 
No, I still have the toolbox but I'm not allowed to use it. I can't lift more than 10lbs as I had surgery on Tuesday.
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Reply #21 - 08/23/15 at 09:23:55
 
Yikes, dude,  Can't ride now, either,,  
Is it something to share or maybe a bit personal? I wasn't supposed to travel for six weeks after the appendix, but two weeks later I was on a bus, out of ODESSA, heading for El Paso. A pillow and a belt wrapped Tight made it possible,,,
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Reply #22 - 08/23/15 at 09:31:12
 
Yeah, I had a bilateral inguinal hernia repair. lots of fun let me tell you. I was only told not to lift more than 10 lbs but I had a laparoscopic surgery so my wounds are pretty small.
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Reply #23 - 08/23/15 at 09:38:12
 
Ahhh, the old bilateral inguinal hernia trick, eeh, Chief?
Well, be careful with it.
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Reply #24 - 02/19/17 at 14:45:41
 
Max_Morley wrote on 10/24/05 at 13:42:45:
Broom handle (or = sized dowel) sharpened to a tapered square shape holds the inner shock tube when you spin the bolt out of the bottom with an air wrench. With some help you may get it out w/o the air wrench but it is loctited when assembled so needs much power to break it loose and turn it. Special tool listed in the factory manual will NOT fit down the newer tubes and second tech schools recommended tool is only a 3/8" drive version of the broom handle which the parts guy told me about after I had purchased the 2 nd version of the special tool. Use care to drive the seal into the lower tube. I only removed one fork at a time and be careful to route the turn signal where they belong. I didn't on one side and ended up piching them between the fork stop and the lower triple tree. Also you will need a big socket or wrench to loosen the top nut on the tubes as they retain the tube in the upper triple tree. Max



I removed my leaking shock leg (1988 Savage)  Of course I cannot get the bolt out of the bottom.  I tried unthreading it with the top cap still in place, no go, and inserted a tapered helper into the 'cylinder' with it apart, to do avail. It just turns. I don't have the proper socket to use with my air tool, so it looks like I'll take it to the dealer.  I did order a couple of do-dads on amazon, so the day was not a complete bust!
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Reply #25 - 02/19/17 at 15:50:48
 
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Reply #26 - 02/19/17 at 18:12:10
 
Thank you all for the suggestions!  I finally was able to remove the bad seal.  Now I will reassemble it and take a handful of ibuprofen before bedtime.  Thanks again.

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Reply #27 - 06/14/19 at 14:46:24
 
I found this video very helpful with the procedural part:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjBYZIfo6Js

Also the diagrams on this page were helpful with the concept of how and what is going on with a damping rod fork:
http://www.racetech.com/page/title/Emulators-How%20They%20Work
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Re: Fork Seal Replacement
Reply #28 - 06/15/19 at 06:31:00
 
I had the same issue with bottom bolt. Here's what I did...
Find the right allen wrench and cut it long enough to protrude out an inch.
Use an impact wrench, I used a dewalt.
Came right out, and went right in.
Make very sure you note the reassembly process.  That was my big hold up, the spacer at the bottom goes on the end of the valve pointy thing.
No oily front rim, priceless.
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Reply #29 - 06/17/19 at 14:57:44
 
This is what I did to stop the bolt, I used the bike itself and changed seals on the side of a road. So it is easy. You will need enough extensions and something to cover the wrench to protect your paint.
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