fork springs diy?

i took my forks to a local shop to get my fork seals done, they lasted for about two weeks and one is leaking already!! i dont feel like paying another 200 and having the same prob so my question is how hard is it to change the seals and when done, if not to much of a pain, what is needed..tools, parts wise. thanks in advance.

What shop did you go to? Thats way to much.

There is a thread over in the suzuki forum, it shows everything step by step.

Try lowering the dust seals,then slide a thin feeler gauge under the lip of the seal to get the dirt out.Works for me,just do it carefully.

i went to chicago sport and cycle, not professional at all, i dont recommend anyone to go here, only reason i took my forks here is cuz it was on the way to work.:thumbsup:

did you use OEM seals or aftermarket? I've worked at a dealership and have installed both. Most people that installed aftermarket brought them back leaking. Personally, I always use OEM seals on everything.

If they started leaking right away then the mechanic probably missed a small nick on the tube. They can be hard to find sometimes so you really need to look them over good and get rid of the sharp edge.

Once thats done then switch over to Synergy Fork seals and your seal problems will be over.

doc

Wouldn't there be some sort of warranty on the work? How many rides have you done in the last 2 weeks?

Try what Essex426 recommended. This is about a 15 min job that anyone can do, and it usually cures the problem. If you don't have a feeler gauge, the use an old piece of film negative. You only want to insert the wiper (guage or film) about 1/4" into the seal. If you go farther than that it can get caught under the bushing. You will be surprised how much grit and dirt gets trapped between the lips of the seals. This grit is what causes most seals to leak.

Try lowering the dust seals,then slide a thin feeler gauge under the lip of the seal to get the dirt out.Works for me,just do it carefully.

You also have to realize that although you will get some dirt out this way you are also pushing some dirt in. Those small little "pebbles" that make it up past the seal turn the guide bushing into sandpaper. Unfortunatly your probably on borrowed time till a rebuild so make sure that if/when you have to get new seals plan on bushings too. Most people don't realize their importance.

doc

Try lowering the dust seals,then slide a thin feeler gauge under the lip of the seal to get the dirt out.Works for me,just do it carefully.

I use a tear off that I cut one end off about 1/3 of the way. I just remove the little ring on the outside of the seal, and slide the cut end of the tear off up into the seal and move around the fork leg. I have tried other things, like the feeler gauge, but the tear off seemed to work a litle better.

I typically clean the seals out after washing, and my seals have lasted quite some time.

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