I messed up.. front shock seals

So I was suppose to order the spandex style front shock boots after taking the ugly stockers off but I dident yet. :busted: I rode it a few times in the sand/mud with them off and now the seals are leaking. I remember reading some technique for removing the sand so they can seal again but I don't remember what it was. Do I have to put new seals in or will I be okay with just removing the sand and putting new boots on? If I have to change the seals how hard would it be? I have never done it before.

Bummer. Ive never done a fork seal R&R, but it sounds like one is in your future! BTW, get the seal savers after you install new seals. They help a ton. Good Luck

If my memory serves me correct some guys said they used the clear packing tape to put it on the shock and then compress it so that it pushes all the sand out of the seal. I think I may try that.

Film negitive works the best with brake cleaner. It is not a huge deal to change seals but, you do have to take the whole forks apart to do it. The fork page will help you get the forks apart. Once you get the forks apart, take the seal clip out and then pull the tubes apart real fast (slide hammer) that will pull the seals out. You will need to make or buy a seal driver.

18 of us went to the proving grounds again. As always we find a little

more then before:

Pictures

http://borynack.com/camping/ChocolateMNT2008/index.html

Video:

http://borynack.com/camping/ChocolateMNT2008/Tank%20Round.wmv

Film negitive works the best with brake cleaner.

Sounds like a good idea, I will try it.

Thanks!

Generally, once you push crud past seals, the seals need to be replaced. There are a few tricks fellow inmates have posted here to prolong seal replacement. Quick reminder: There is a reason why right side up forks have dust jackets.

1. Dribble rubbing alcohol into seal. The thinking here is that the alcohol will cause the rubber to expand/swell and thereby stop the leak.

2. Pushing crud past the seal. If I recall corectly, somone put plastic wrap on the fork tubes, and compressed the fork legs a few times to "clean" the seal" by pushing the crud furtehr into the fork leg.

A quick search here should bring up some threads on the above. I can't speak to the effectiveness of the above.

IMHO you are better off on disassembling the fork legs and reinstalling new seals. This might be a particuarly good thing to do since I believe you picked up a used xr650r and the previous owner might not of regularly changed the fluid. Or you can do the USD fork swap and your future seal and fluid changes are remarkably simple.

Keep us updated.

-Scott

18 of us went to the proving grounds again. As always we find a little

more then before:

Pictures

http://borynack.com/camping/ChocolateMNT2008/index.html

Video:

http://borynack.com/camping/ChocolateMNT2008/Tank%20Round.wmv

HAHAhahaaa...glad he got outta the tank in time :p

...and whomever wus holding that camera sure jumped! :busted:

i just replaced my seals after trying the the film trick...no luck...after seeing how the two seals fit and function i just don't see how the film trick wud work since the tolerances are very tight...i cud even see how u cud damage them more by trying that. :moon:

replacement is easy (at least after the first one :mad: ) and it's a gud time to clean everything and replace the fluid...driving the seals is a biotch with PVC but it can be done but u REALLY HAVE TO WACK THE CHIT OUT OF IT!

gud luck

P.S. Bruce, the Army it trying to get in touch with you...something about unexploded ordinance???

Film negitive works the best with brake cleaner. It is not a huge deal to change seals but, you do have to take the whole forks apart to do it. The fork page will help you get the forks apart. Once you get the forks apart, take the seal clip out and then pull the tubes apart real fast (slide hammer) that will pull the seals out. You will need to make or buy a seal driver.

18 of us went to the proving grounds again. As always we find a little

more then before:

Pictures

http://borynack.com/camping/ChocolateMNT2008/index.html

Video:

http://borynack.com/camping/ChocolateMNT2008/Tank%20Round.wmv

Looks like a pretty motley bunch! :busted:

Film negitive works the best with brake cleaner. It is not a huge deal to change seals but, you do have to take the whole forks apart to do it. The fork page will help you get the forks apart. Once you get the forks apart, take the seal clip out and then pull the tubes apart real fast (slide hammer) that will pull the seals out. You will need to make or buy a seal driver.

18 of us went to the proving grounds again. As always we find a little

more then before:

Pictures

http://borynack.com/camping/ChocolateMNT2008/index.html

Video:

http://borynack.com/camping/ChocolateMNT2008/Tank%20Round.wmv

Nice video Bruce! What the hell did you pack that barrel with?

Well it took a pound of.....with a pound of black .....for the smoke ..with a home made.....cap to set it off. Next time maybe we will get the door closed so it all goes out the barrel. It was way, way loud. Video never does sound justice! It did bring the BP out to see what happened but, there wasn't anything wrong just a bunch of kids standing out ing the middle of the desert, with no guns and nothing else that could go boom. Funny how that works....

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