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post #1 of 19 Old 06-16-2014, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Getting ready to do the fork seals for the first time

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Well as of yesterday my right fork seal started to wheep a little bit, so its time to redo the fork seals.This is my first time doing the fork seals on this bike, so I want to make sure I do everything correct. I hear OEM seals are the way to go, but has anyone have any experience with "all balls racing seals?" Also I'm told that people go with different weight fork oil based on rider weight. I weigh about 150lbs, does anyone have any recommendations for fork oil?
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Stick with OEM or SKF for seals, all balls seals are junk and wear out too quickly. As to oil, just use the correct viscosity (weight). You can try varying oil level height as a tuning variable, but unless you know what you're looking for just with use the air gap in the manual.

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ok.thanks. Is there a specific brand that you recommend for fork oil? Also do you know how much the OEM seals cost? Someone told me $80 and i thought that was a bit expensive.
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ok.thanks. Is there a specific brand that you recommend for fork oil? Also do you know how much the OEM seals cost? Someone told me $80 and i thought that was a bit expensive.
If your forks have bushings you might want to replace and shim those it will make the seals last longer.
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If your forks have bushings you might want to replace and shim those it will make the seals last longer.
I've heard these bushing kits are around $100. Do you know where I could get one, hopefully cheaper than $100. my bike just hit 14k miles
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You cannot replace the bushings in the KYB forks, they are pressed in. You can TRY and remove them but you'll probably end up destroying the tubes in the process.

I use Maxima for all fork service (unless Im doing aftermarket cartridges in a customers forks). Seals should run you about 35 bucks. Racetech repackages OEM seals with their name on them.

If your having problems finding supplies let me know, I have a lot of that stuff on hand.

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Why not give this a try before changing anything.............

http://www.sealmate.net/

I used a strip of old 35mm film to cure my leaky seal. You do need to keep working it, plunging the forks and wiping clean again till the weeping stops

It seems to be caused by a build up of gunge inside the fork tube and compromising the seal. When the gunge is released the seal re forms and no need for a strip down

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Do you have any experience with the "seal mate"?
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I had an old roll of celluloid film which I cut to suit and did the trick for me, but I'd get the sealmate tool if it happens again. Cost wise its a no brainer and cant do any harm

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I had an old roll of celluloid film which I cut to suit and did the trick for me, but I'd get the sealmate tool if it happens again. Cost wise its a no brainer and cant do any harm
I'll give the homemade seal mate a try.
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