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Need to get riding again!

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Well it's been a long time, bikes been sitting, and I stepped outside today in the unusual 50 degree weather and got the itch. Problem is, I went to do fork seals a few months back, and I'm pretty sure I messed something up.

I did it the same way as I have done with older style conventional forks, pull the cap/spring, pull up dust boot and circlip, then pulled the forks apart like using a slide hammer. Well the old seal came out fine, but when I seated the new one in and went to put the cap on for the spring, the inner fork extended out of the outter fork too far! I'm not sure what to do with it, I'm guessing take the bottom bolt out and see if it shows something obvious?

Thanks for any help, last year was the first year I haven't gone riding in almost 20 years and I hate it! :smirk:

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Yep seal stays in place, inner fork tube slides out beyond the sealing surface to the smaller tapered end and wobbles around. I replaced the guide bushings as well, the rubber surface on those were worn out.

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