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Old 07-28-2010, 07:21 AM   #1
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im not my favorite mechanic

i tried to do some work on my forks recently. just replacing the seals and changing the oil.
the oil was straight up nasty, so i have to be better off in that respect than how it was, but i know i screwed up on the seals. i dont think the right side seal is in all the way. the left side might be good, but i dont know. there is a little play in the forks if i apply the brakes and rock the bike. at first i thought it was something going on in the front brakes, but it is in the forks.

my maintenance funds are pretty much nonexistent, so a repair shop is not likely.
i could get new seals and fork oil sometime soon, but figured i'd check here to see if anyone has any ideas of stuff to try.
the bike is a 2001 sv650.
i'm open to any ideas. lol, yes, i know, no skills. i fail, etc. i want to get this figured out before i have a major asccident from the breaking while i'm on it.
i the meantime, i think the bike is going back into project status.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:00 AM   #2
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It sounds like you either did not get the damping rod fully seated before you torqued it or you do not have the upper bushing fully seated.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:01 AM   #3
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i tried to do some work on my forks recently. just replacing the seals and changing the oil.
the oil was straight up nasty, so i have to be better off in that respect than how it was, but i know i screwed up on the seals. i dont think the right side seal is in all the way. the left side might be good, but i dont know. there is a little play in the forks if i apply the brakes and rock the bike. at first i thought it was something going on in the front brakes, but it is in the forks.

my maintenance funds are pretty much nonexistent, so a repair shop is not likely.
i could get new seals and fork oil sometime soon, but figured i'd check here to see if anyone has any ideas of stuff to try.
the bike is a 2001 sv650.
i'm open to any ideas. lol, yes, i know, no skills. i fail, etc. i want to get this figured out before i have a major asccident from the breaking while i'm on it.
i the meantime, i think the bike is going back into project status.
If you wanna haul it to tomball I'll take care of it, just get me the parts and oil.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:11 PM   #4
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you sir, are a badass person.

patrick, thanks for the response. your'e probably right. i just put it back in the same way it came out, but if it is supposed to sit a certain way, i guess i didnt know

hotcknstrips, i think i might take you up on the offer. after payday i should have some fork oil. i hope. that should be it for parts.

also my fork caps are kinda looking now. i didnt have a 21mm box end, and my 21mm socket is for a connection larger than my ratchet. so i used a monkey wrench, which kept slipping. this is one more case of 'i wish i had just taken it to Motorcycles Unlimited again'
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:37 PM   #6
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yup.
i was really exited about getting this house last year, mostly because i would have my own garage finally. i wanted to work on my bike and cars in it and save of shop bills. so far that hasnt really worked out for me, lol.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:09 PM   #7
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Next time ask for someone that has experience and know how to come supervise . The end result is much better
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:14 AM   #8
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i think my biggest problem with this effort was that i hardly had any time to just work on it for an extended period. i usually just spent a moment of just passing through the garage and doing one or 2 little things and then picking up when i came back through.
when i got to the actual part of the oil change i think i did that all together, but i had the bike stripped to a motor on a frame with the wiring harness and rear wheel and all that business back there.
it was time for a cleaning. i also re did some of the wiring in my tail. i think patrick lol'd when he saw my duct taped over wiring for the first time. i'm no electrician and i'm no mechanic. i need to remember these things.
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Working on bikes can be fun. I enjoy it ad much as riding it. You just need to have the right tools.
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