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post #1 of 9 Old 11-07-2014, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Advice for new fork seals

So it seems that I bought my F4i right as all the standard wear items are going, R/R went out, battery went out, and now I've got a leaky fork seal. She's running again now but I need to sort this out before I get her out on the road again.

I've decided I can do this myself since I was able to complete a valve adjustment (after a few mistakes) this should be cake compared to that. My problem is I don't have a front headlift stand, and I'm a cheap bastard. I found one on ebay for $66 but I figured some of you other dudes might have some creative ways to get the front off the ground to pull the forks...

I plan on going with OEM seals, and I'm going to wait on new Racetech springs because I need cash for Christmas and all that.

Any crafty ideas much appreciated. I already came across a youtube video where the guy made his own fork seal driver with pvc pipe and it seemed to work perfectly, but the Motion Pro driver is like $35 so I dunno.

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A ladder and a couple of ratcheting tie downs should give you enough to get the front apart. I just did that to get my shock out and it was really easy.

have you seen the trick to clean dirt out of the seal with a thin piece of plastic or film? Worth a shot before you try to replace, especially considering how hard of a time some guys have getting a proper seal.

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A ladder and a couple of ratcheting tie downs should give you enough to get the front apart. I just did that to get my shock out and it was really easy.

have you seen the trick to clean dirt out of the seal with a thin piece of plastic or film? Worth a shot before you try to replace, especially considering how hard of a time some guys have getting a proper seal.
Ah,a ladder I didn't think of that one. I can definitely do that. I haven't tried cleaning it but I'm fairly sure the oil in there is original from 2005. The bike has 25k miles as well so I'll probably just change it. It's leaking pretty good now so I'd bet the seal is just done for. I may just get some new RT springs as a Christmas present from my wife LOL, too.

EDIT- hmmm I think I'm going to try the seal mate thingy, nothing to lose I guess.

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Dirt pulled out of my fork seal with a quickly made fork cleaner from an old orange juice carton. Wow I can't believe this....my right fork is almost completely dry now.

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Dirt pulled out of my fork seal with a quickly made fork cleaner from an old orange juice carton. Wow I can't believe this....my right fork is almost completely dry now.

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might as well put off the project until you're ready!

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Trying cleaning with a seal mate or something similar first. Especially if the leak is slight or what you would consider seepage. 8 bucks or so at Amazon. Has paid for itself a dozen times over now between the 2 used bikes and the other set of spare forks I had.

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Also, if you want to do the cheap version of this, get a gallon or half gallon milk jug and cut the smooth portion of it out and then just get an idea of how to recreate the hook part of the seal mate. My buddy borrowed mine because I already had one and then last time I looked in his tool box he had like 20 versions of it out of milk jugs.... Copying bastage!!!!

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FYI, there is a copy of a seal cleaner 'template' in the Dropbox. I just use a coke bottle as the curve near the neck makes for a great 'hook' when creating the tool.

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