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Old 04-03-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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One of my seals is leaking on my 954. I got a quote to change them out for $350. I have looked up youtube videos on how to change these out and it does look too difficult. I'm just wondering if there is anything I should know about doing these that might cause me to rethink doing them myself.

I guess I just don't want to start it then realize I should just had them done because I didn't know I would need some special tool or skill to replace them properly.
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A spring compressor will be your best friend. A fork seal driver too, if you have the forks where the seals stay on the inner tube.

It is not a fun job. Not too hard, just messy and lots of parts you can't forget what order they go back in.
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i thought most places ran about $75 a tube if you brought them in off the bike?
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One of my seals is leaking on my 954. I got a quote to change them out for $350. I have looked up youtube videos on how to change these out and it does look too difficult. I'm just wondering if there is anything I should know about doing these that might cause me to rethink doing them myself.

I guess I just don't want to start it then realize I should just had them done because I didn't know I would need some special tool or skill to replace them properly.
Its very easy, just rebuilt them myself on my bike and installed Racetech springs. Cost me $20, $10 for oil, $10 for seals. Boom done in like 3 hours.

I did it with no special tools, just got creative with what I already have. Which if you dont have have a good set of tools and an area to work in then your out of luck.

I do all the work on my bike, everything. Check out the link in my sig for my recent bike build
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:06 PM   #6
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$350 sounds high.
You have inverted cartridge style forks, you'll need a spring tool and a seal driver.
I'd call around, you can probably get it done for less.
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I can't give you a quote or anything.... just letting you know that a rebuild on my 650r was gonna be cheaper than that at Motorcycles Unlimited.

But yeah, I'm also wondering if it's something I could do. Just would prefer it done once, right.... than me over and over trying to get it right.
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I can't give you a quote or anything.... just letting you know that a rebuild on my 650r was gonna be cheaper than that at Motorcycles Unlimited.

But yeah, I'm also wondering if it's something I could do. Just would prefer it done once, right.... than me over and over trying to get it right.
Its an easy job man, get a service manual. Its like legos.
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Seems scary if you have never done it...but find someone that has done it to point and tell you what to do as you do it yourself.

Learn from it and then buy them cold beer or dinner for the help. You won't regret it.

When I did the FZR600 front fork spring upgrade (including front seals) a while back, tankmonkey came over and supervised as I did the work. It really is not a big deal. $350 seems high.
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I have all the usual tools and I try to do all my own work its just the unknown that I'm worried about. If its a one man job then I should be okay. I may try it weekend and see what happens.

Thanks for all the feedback
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Save yourself the hassle, go hit up Tony at HoPD. He can help you out no problem! He just did a buddies waayy cheaper than that person quoted you!
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