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Old 11-23-2014, 10:07 PM   #1
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replacing fork seals......

besides the dealers, anyone recommend someone OR somewhere i can go to get my fork seals replaced?
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:22 PM   #2
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Are you sure they need to be replaced?? Did you try cleaning them out? Run a business card around the fork or you can pick up a $5 plastic version from Motion Pro. I picked one up from Cycle Gear, 2 minutes and no more leaks
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:39 PM   #4
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I bought some racetech springs and wanted to start a similar thread about how much it would cost to have them put in. I bet the labor cost would be about the same as fork seals.
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it actually leaks around the bottom part. Obviously, when i come home from riding, i'll see it leaking, but very little though. Now, other question is....what happens IF, IF all the oil were to leak out? what are my consequences?
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my mistake guys, i meant to say the bottom part of the fork seals where it meets close to the pads and rotor
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:36 AM   #8
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it actually leaks around the bottom part. Obviously, when i come home from riding, i'll see it leaking, but very little though. Now, other question is....what happens IF, IF all the oil were to leak out? what are my consequences?
the oil is suppose to absorb energy traveling through the suspension-tire-road. if the oil is old or all leaked out then you have to rely on other parts of the suspension or something to help keep the front end stable.

end result will be basically you'll be more prone to headshake/tank slappers which i believe would be your biggest issue if you didnt have any oil leak onto your brake rotors.

I would imagine several other things wouldnt work properly either on your suspension but im far from a suspension guru.
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Suspension is the most important item on a bike. That's why I had nearly $3000 spent on mine. A properly setup and working suspension will give you a lot more confidence in riding. It's really quite amazing once you have it dialed to your weight/height. I'll say mind blowing actually. The bike is just made more stable and nimble.

So to answer your question. Not having oil in it will cause the wheel to chatter possibly to the point where you crash. Especially in a turn that isn't so smooth. It can cause the forks to bottom out and wash the front out as well. If you are going to have the forks fixed, get someone that knows suspension well. That way they can help set it up for your weight and height. Doing a valve stack and spring match will not be much more than replacing the seals so you might as well do it while you're at it. And if you want to transform your riding experience, get a rear shock and spring combo.
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No oil in your forks would be like having pogo sticks attached to your front wheel. Now imagine pogo sticks with a shock absorber attached.
When you hit a bump the oil slows the upward motion of the wheel then the spring pushes it back down.
When the suspension is working properly the oil and spring work together to control the motion of the wheel. With no oil, all that's left is spring. That will allow the tire to bounce with no damping. =bad handling=dangerous

Take it to Motorcycles Unlimited and while they're working on it have them adjust your suspension too. You bike will be transformed and you can thank me later.
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thanks for everyones input. I DO, appreciate it
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Just give it a shot doing it yourself. Its actually pretty easy. Seems complicated at first but after you are do it once its a piece of cake. There are good YouTube videos thay walk you through it. A set of seals and oil is like $70. That is for both seals. Both seals at a shop is at least $250 and you dont save much time considering you have to drive there twice.
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Just give it a shot doing it yourself. Its actually pretty easy. Seems complicated at first but after you are do it once its a piece of cake. There are good YouTube videos thay walk you through it. A set of seals and oil is like $70. That is for both seals. Both seals at a shop is at least $250 and you dont save much time considering you have to drive there twice.
When I bought my racetech springs this was my plan but I have found some people who say it is simple and some say that you need a bunch of specialty tools. I thought all I would need is a fork seal driver to install the springs. Which is the truth?
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When I bought my racetech springs this was my plan but I have found some people who say it is simple and some say that you need a bunch of specialty tools. I thought all I would need is a fork seal driver to install the springs. Which is the truth?
Depends how resourceful you are, and I suppose how the forks are put together. Installed Racetech springs and cartridge emulators in my old bike without buying any special tools.
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You dont even need a seal driver. Just cut a 1/2" out of the old fork seal. Shove it under the fork leg and slam the two halves together like a slide hammer.
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I don't even need fork seals, just want to replace springs I already bought and put in different oil. they are Marzocchi upside downs.
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Not being very familiar with Ducati Zoke forks, I would say the only special tool to replace the spring may be a pin spanner to remove the fork cap. Does the cap on your fork have a ring of holes around the top. After you get that off you should just have to crack one more nut loose to get to the spring.
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