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Old 04-28-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
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First time changing fork seal

Replacing a fork seal on my Husky that isn't just leaking it is spilling. Never done it before but the manual seems pretty straight forward and I've watched a few videos. Is there anything I should pay extra attention to or any tips you wise gentlemen would like to bestow upon me before I get started this weekend?
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:18 PM   #2
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before you put the seals on the tube, put a condom on, and lubricate it.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:18 PM   #3
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you can make your own seal setting tool with pvc pipe
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:15 PM   #4
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before you put the seals on the tube, put a condom on, and lubricate it.
I was going to just wrap tape around it. I was thinking of using a condom but I didn't think it would be thick enough to protect the seal. Maybe I'll do both.

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you can make your own seal setting tool with pvc pipe
I'm too lazy to do that and the tool is only like $30 bucks.

Good ideas though. I'm beginning to wonder if maybe my forks are twisted and that is what caused this. Had a little get off a few weeks ago and had to give the handlebars a little yank to straighten it out. When I put the forks back on that problem will be solved.
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Change the oil in both and make sure the fluid level is as close to the same, fork to fork, as you can.
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Who needs fork oil?

Brandon let me know when u do it. I need to learn too
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i was kidding about the condom...i use the corner of a zip lock baggy, then cover that in fork oil.

i use a graduated cylinder to measure the amount of fork oil going in.

it is a really easy task, but it is pretty messy.

if you want to borrow my driver, PM me. I am willing to rent it off for a six pack of beer of your choosing.

I have an adjustable one from like 35mm - 50mm. it works decently, but if I were to do it again, i'd buy the specified size for the fork diameter.

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Who needs fork oil?

Brandon let me know when u do it. I need to learn too
Probably do it next week some time I'll let you know and we can my bike up together.

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i was kidding about the condom...i use the corner of a zip lock baggy, then cover that in fork oil.

i use a graduated cylinder to measure the amount of fork oil going in.

it is a really easy task, but it is pretty messy.

if you want to borrow my driver, PM me. I am willing to rent it off for a six pack of beer of your choosing.

I have an adjustable one from like 35mm - 50mm. it works decently, but if I were to do it again, i'd buy the specified size for the fork diameter.
When I watched the video where they use those rubber bullets the first thing that came to my mind was that I could use a condom instead. LOL. I appreciate the offer but I figured this could become a regular thing so I bought the tools to do it with. Just got the driver and an oil measuring widget thingie. I think that should do it for the special tools.
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Change the oil in both and make sure the fluid level is as close to the same, fork to fork, as you can.
Do I really need to change the oil in both? Bike has really low miles on it. Could I just top it off if necessary.
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i would at least change the oil in both with the same oil. that way you can get them near the same level, and the same weight and quality. but once you do one fork seal, you will see how easy it is and might as well replace the other. My first fork seal took 45 minutes...the next maybe 15 minutes. cleanup and setup of my work area took the longest.
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I always used a plastic grocery bag instead of a condom.
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with enough lube, you can put anything anywhere.
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wait, wrong thread....


j/k, anything that makes the new seal slide easily onto the tube will work. (whether that is a condom, plastic bag, etc)
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i actually don't know anyone who has used a condom the seal over the groove. i'd be afraid that the condom would rip.

some more thoughts:
if you don't have a vice (which I do not yet have one), you can use the triple clamp to hold the fork to loosen/tighten the cap.

i also suggest doing it over a big flat oil pan covered with paper towels. that way you can set everything down in order and keep your floor from getting covered in oil.

i pumped all the oil from the forks into that funnel and that went into an old gallon sized oil container.

i took this pic about 3 weekends ago:
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:29 AM   #15
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i actually don't know anyone who has used a condom the seal over the groove. i'd be afraid that the condom would rip.

some more thoughts:
if you don't have a vice (which I do not yet have one), you can use the triple clamp to hold the fork to loosen/tighten the cap.

i also suggest doing it over a big flat oil pan covered with paper towels. that way you can set everything down in order and keep your floor from getting covered in oil.

i pumped all the oil from the forks into that funnel and that went into an old gallon sized oil container.

i took this pic about 3 weekends ago:
6cba1471
Good stuff. Guess I will just do both since I ordered a few spare scrapers and seals. May do it on the side of my house so if any oil drips out it will be responsibly recycled into the water table. I don't have a vice but Byrdman can hold it in his teeth. As long as he holds still it should work.
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Going to ride sat morning brandon??
Dont have the part yet so probably not. Its not a leak its a gusher so I have tp fix it before I ride.
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Haha I just saw this all the talkin about me in this thread. Ur an Brandon
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