Tips for changing a fork seal

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Tips for changing a fork seal

Postby bikelee » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:05 pm

:( I have a leaking left front fork seal on my 2014 1290 SD. I've changed seals on many other bikes with Ohlins, Showa and Kayaba. Any quirks working on WP ? Thanks for any help or advice.

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Re: Tips for changing a fork seal

Postby Aphex » Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:47 pm

I know my buddy at work needed special tools to work on my 990 forks.

Have you tried taking a bit of card stock and running it around the seal to see if something is just stuck in there?
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Re: Tips for changing a fork seal

Postby bikelee » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:24 pm

I'm gonna try that. I have a Seal Mate somewhere in the garage. I'll see if that alleviates the problem.

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Re: Tips for changing a fork seal

Postby Sarasota_Steve » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:52 am

Aphex wrote:
Have you tried taking a bit of card stock and running it around the seal to see if something is just stuck in there?


I heard 35mm negative film works great for that.
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Re: Tips for changing a fork seal

Postby bikelee » Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:20 pm

:( I found my Seal Mate and have verified I DO have a leaky bad seal.
When i was pushing down and up on the forks I heard a distinct clicking noise. I thought it might be the steering bearings so I put the bike on a rear stand and lifted the bike from underneath with a jack and pulled and pushed the bottom of the fork and no play at the steering head. Any other ideas ??
Thanks !!

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Re: Tips for changing a fork seal

Postby REDTALE2000 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:53 am

Torque the top triple clamp nut.
They seem to work loose and the triple clamp will move just a bit on the stem and make that sound.
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Re: Tips for changing a fork seal

Postby bikelee » Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:16 pm

REDTALE2000 wrote:Torque the top triple clamp nut.
They seem to work loose and the triple clamp will move just a bit on the stem and make that sound.

:D Did the torque and it worked like a charm !! No more clicking. I wish the seal change would be that easy. Thanks for the great info.

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Re: Tips for changing a fork seal

Postby Stu990 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:34 pm

Sarasota_Steve wrote:
Aphex wrote:
Have you tried taking a bit of card stock and running it around the seal to see if something is just stuck in there?


I heard 35mm negative film works great for that.

:shock: what's that! :mrgreen:

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Re: Tips for changing a fork seal

Postby coyo » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:33 am

If it's like the 990, I had to source out a very thin wrench in order to be able to get onto the nut with the spring compressed. Mine were too thick to fit. Other than that, pretty standard.


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