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How do you know if forks are salvageable?

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I have a buddy that has asked me to look at his forks and help him decide if his forks off his 07 crf 250r are salvageable. He ride them a fe hours low on oil if not dry.

What should I be looking for to decide weather to rebuild or trash.

Thanks!

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Pull the inner out of the outer and look at the bushings. If you see excessive amounts of copper on the bushings you need to look really closely at the inner side of the outer upper slider.

If there is damage in the upper aluminum slider, they're toast.

The quick easy way is to pull the seals, put them back together temporarily and check for slop. you can do this by putting the upper back in the triple clamp and then wiggle the lower and feel for "excessive" slop.

The main reason fork seals go bad when your not neck deep in mud is bad bushings. The bushings are worn and the seal cant chase the leg around that far and they leak...

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Its extremely hard to run a fork *dry* from a leak. By design, the lower tube will hold a lot of oil, no matter how much the seal is leaking.

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