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July 27th, 2004, 08:25 PM   #1
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How difficult is changing fork seals?

I have never changed fork seals but my 2002 FE 501 leaks oil out of both legs. I would like to be able to do it myself so as not to have to pay a dealer all the time. Anyone know what tools I would need to do it right?

Some have said to slide a film negative under the fork seal to clean out any crud that might cause a leak. How do you know if the leak is bad enough to warrant a seal change or if the negative will work? I guess if the negative works then that would answer the question.

Do Seal Savers offer any real advantages?

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Greg, I would be very surprised if the film negative didn't work. Pull the scraper down out of your way and then gently slide the negative up between the seal and the slider. Situate the negative such that as the negative is spun around the slider that dirt / sand will be pulled out from under the seal. Then compress the forks a few times to work out any other gunk under the seal. I tend to take my bike out and hit a few objects to really compress the forks well to help push out any other junk. It may take a few tries, but it has always worked for me. Remember to pack grease between the seal and the scraper when you are done, this works like an air filter would and collects dust and mud, just wipe out the dirty grease and put in fresh as needed.
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Thanks for the directions. What are your thoughts about the seal savers?

For a moment I was crazy enough to try to sell my 'berg but my rational side has gotten a hold of me. I wouldn't mind having a two stroke 250 for the really tight woods however. Has anyone else found a way to justify having two bikes?

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I have been running seal savers on my 02 and have never had a leak yet from the forks
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Originally Posted by GregM
Thanks for the directions. What are your thoughts about the seal savers?

For a moment I was crazy enough to try to sell my 'berg but my rational side has gotten a hold of me. I wouldn't mind having a two stroke 250 for the really tight woods however. Has anyone else found a way to justify having two bikes?

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I don't see a big need for seal savers, but I guess they can't hurt. I wish I could afford two bikes, I would have a 125 and a big stroker. The 'berg is about as close as it gets as an all around bike, although the shear torque and power can be a handfull in "staple gun" type tight trails. I have contemplated selling my bike over the last 6 months and going back to a 125 for the type terrain that I ride mostly.
We should get together for a ride sometime, maybe in september or october when it is cooler.
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Are you ever on thumpertalk.com? They have many ride get togethers and maybe we can meet up at one of those?

I mostly ride Taneum and the Capitol State Forrest. Where do you normally ride?

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I tend to ride Walker Valley, North Fork, Lake Shannon, or in Canada.
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