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I just called my local yamaha dealer ship to see how much it would cost to get my fork seals replaced and they said it would be $315 plus parts! Does this seem right at all?

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the seals from dealer cost about $40 or less for both plus $15 worth of fork oil and for me was about a 3 hour job on my very first time changing fork seals. i'm sure with all the right tools and having done them before 2 hours or less would for sure do it. so even if they charge $85 an hour labor your still getting screwed.

using the right amount of labor time their quote comes out to $157 an hour for labor.

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You can a complete revalve for less than that. Local shops around here will do it for 100 - 150 depending on what other parts need to be replaced

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That's rediculous. Here it's $90+ parts...usually comes out to about $120. They're definitely overcharging.

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I've decided to let me and my dad figure it out. He owns a body shop, so he has mechanical experience. Are there any tools that you MUST have to get the job done? I can deal with not having tools that just make the job easier.

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depends on the bike .. for a yamaha XT 600 i needed a 12mm allen head to undo the bolt at the very bottom that hold it together. and from the top i used a crow bar to stick down the top to hold that end from spinning while undoing the allen bolt. apparently their is a special tool for that, but all you need is something kinda long with the right size flat end. crow bar worked great. besides that with a manual it was very easy and straight forward.

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If you take the forks off the bike, and give them to a suspension place, it should be around 165 (thats what mine were)

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Get a manual and do it yourself. I bought fork seals from rockymountainmc.com for $12, fork oil for $20. You don't need buy any special tools like people think. I made a fork seal driver out of PVC, it works just as good.

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you really dont need any special tools besides a fork cap wrench to get the cap off of the fork... they are like 15 bucks, i recently did mine on my own and the seals were 35 for both and oil was like 10 bucks and there is a video on youtube that shows you everything you need to know.... i made a fork seal driver out of the top of a spray paint cap instead of buying to 50-60 dollar tool that dealerships sell.....

heres the link to the video

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well its a known fact that stealerships will charge up the @$$ for anything and everything(just because they can). If you need any work done take it to a specialist. ie motor work=motor builder, suspension work=suspension guy. my suspension guy charges about 120 for everything to do fork seals.

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OEM fork seals: 30$ for the set

OEM dust seals: 30$ for the set

OEM upper bushings: 30$ for the set

OEM lower bushings: 30$ for the set

2L of fork oil (2 x 1L bottles since you need 1200 mls): 40$

cost 180$ canadian in parts to rebuild a set of forks. I did it myself, took nearly 3 hours. if I were to take it to the shop I can expect at least another 100$ to be added onto that.

2 buddies blew both seals in their rear shocks. it cost them 200$ in parts and 150$ in labor to rebuild the rear shock. 350$ each.

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OEM fork seals: 30$ for the set

OEM dust seals: 30$ for the set

OEM upper bushings: 30$ for the set

OEM lower bushings: 30$ for the set

2L of fork oil (2 x 1L bottles since you need 1200 mls): 40$

cost 180$ canadian in parts to rebuild a set of forks. I did it myself, took nearly 3 hours. if I were to take it to the shop I can expect at least another 100$ to be added onto that.

2 buddies blew both seals in their rear shocks. it cost them 200$ in parts and 150$ in labor to rebuild the rear shock. 350$ each.

most of the time you can get away without replacing bushings or dust seals.

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most of the time you can get away without replacing bushings or dust seals.

yeah I know, I was told here that bushing are fairly important. his were looking pretty worn out too. his dust seals were also pretty chewed up.. just lack of maintenance.

now at least we know everything in his forks are brand new and good for another 5 years. not just a half assed seal job and leave all the old wrecked stuff still in there.

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