Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Yancey County, NC
Ok Calvin. I'll give you the answer you want to hear...
To do your fork seals you are going to NEED about $200 worth of special tools. That is a fact. you are also going to NEED about $25-$35 worth of parts. You are also going to NEED a copy of the shop manual.
I just had my seals redone a couple of months ago. I took the forks OFF THE BIKE and took them in, where they sat behind the parts counter for nearly 2 weeks before they shop guys got around to them. So 2 weeks and i think $250 later, I had my fork seals replaced, and my fork caps fucked up where they opened them with a crescent wrench or Gator-grip or some damn thing.... That will not happen again.
Next time, I will order $250 worth of parts and tools and do the damn seals myself, not have to wait on a shop, know they are done right, and have new tools AND new seals when i am done. So the NEXT time I need them done, I will only have to pay for the seals.... you follow me?
NO it's not a hard job to do.....IF you have the right tools and you are mechanically inclined and can follow directions. If this does not describe you... I would just take it to the shop.
Proper lubrication is the solution to 90% of life's problems.