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I need to change the left fork seal. I was wondering if I should send it to a mechanic or try it myself? I dont know how hard it is but i dont want to screw up my forks. Anyone's opinion would be appreciated. Also what should it cost to have a mechanic do it?

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I need to change the left fork seal. I was wondering if I should send it to a mechanic or try it myself? I dont know how hard it is but i dont want to screw up my forks. Anyone's opinion would be appreciated. Also what should it cost to have a mechanic do it?

Do it yourself! See these videos:

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/videos.do?videoId=91

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/videos.do?videoId=92

I changed mine on my 05'. It was pretty easy but you have to invest a little money in the tools used in the video. If you include the tools it going to cost you about the same as taking it to get fixed. But, you will have learned a new skill (seals can go at any time). I thought it was fun.

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Alright. I'm just worried about messing up my forks. I guess ill give it a try. How much did the tools cost?

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I like to 'buff turn' with 600 wet\dryforks and oil... in a lathe type device when i replace the seals,this knocks down the micro nicks that destroys seals.

Also a good shop should know if the bushings are worn too much.

It's sometimes worth it,unless you plan on doing,maybe other peoples' forks..

My basic tools...

Seal driver 75.00

Air wrench 45.00

Aircompressor 175.00 (cheap)

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All you really need is the seal driver.

Agree - the seal driver is key. But you also need the little tool that holds the cartridge out. $10

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/productDetail.do?navType=type&webTypeId=165&navTitle=Suspension&webCatId=13&keyword=fork+tools&prodFamilyId=26539

Also, make sure you have a good "measuring cup" to put the exact amount of oil back in the forks. You just need to be careful and patient. Second time is easy.

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I need to change the left fork seal. I was wondering if I should send it to a mechanic or try it myself? I dont know how hard it is but i dont want to screw up my forks. Anyone's opinion would be appreciated. Also what should it cost to have a mechanic do it?

Also, I would change both seals. You need to have the same condition/level of oil in both sides.

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ya. I'm pretty sure they come in twos so i was going to anyway. just thought i'd be specific in the original question about which was bad. Is it strange for only one seal to go?

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I actually made the little tool out of a piece of wood. Just cut a little notch in it and slid it ocer the cartridge to hold it out. (I know....I'm a tight wad!)

Agree - the seal driver is key. But you also need the little tool that holds the cartridge out. $10

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/productDetail.do?navType=type&webTypeId=165&navTitle=Suspension&webCatId=13&keyword=fork+tools&prodFamilyId=26539

Also, make sure you have a good "measuring cup" to put the exact amount of oil back in the forks. You just need to be careful and patient. Second time is easy.

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Whichever direction you decide to go, add a set of REMOVABLE seal savers when you get done!

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/productDetail.do?navType=type&webTypeId=94&navTitle=Suspension&webCatId=13&keyword=shock+sox&prodFamilyId=29331

Unlike the tradition seal savers, these protect for one ride only...then throw them in the wash (wait until your wife is not looking).

I used to go through seals on all my bikes (especially WP's) every few mud rides and now...nada. I change them out about once every 2-3 years just as part of regular PM.

They could charge $100 for these things and they would STILL be worth every penny!

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I use those too and you are right. I never have any seal problems anymore.:smashpc:

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Whichever direction you decide to go, add a set of REMOVABLE seal savers when you get done!

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/productDetail.do?navType=type&webTypeId=94&navTitle=Suspension&webCatId=13&keyword=shock+sox&prodFamilyId=29331

Unlike the tradition seal savers, these protect for one ride only...then throw them in the wash (wait until your wife is not looking).

I used to go through seals on all my bikes (especially WP's) every few mud rides and now...nada. I change them out about once every 2-3 years just as part of regular PM.

They could charge $100 for these things and they would STILL be worth every penny!

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ya. I'm pretty sure they come in twos so i was going to anyway. just thought i'd be specific in the original question about which was bad. Is it strange for only one seal to go?

Yes - they come in two's. Not strange for 1 to go. I have never had both go at the same time

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