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PostSubject: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:55 pm

Two years ago I took my Kawasaki Concourse 14 forks to the local dealer to have a leaky fork seal replaced. They did a good job and I was able to get the bike back on the road two days later but I got dinged $400. I thought it was a little pricey and i decided to teach myself how to do them with my GRiSO.

I orderd the seals and dust covers from AF1 and it cost me $36 with shipping. I had some Maxima fork oil so I didn't have to buy that. All I had to do was go on youtube and watch someone go thru the repair.

And that was mostly how it turned out until I tried to get the seals in. No way was tapping them in with a mallet going to work so I decided to make a tool out of the stuff I had laying around. Smile

Getting the forks out was no problem. I had to make a tool to compress the fork spring so I can undo the nut on the rod in the fork. I don't know the exact names of everything so I'll just post some pics.

first the bike

I also recently finished my new work space. Just for motorcycles. bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Wed Jan 12, 2022 8:01 pm

I havn't been posting a lot in the last year. I've been busy and havn't been riding much. The GRiSO still has California plates and I havn't even got it running since I rollerized it two springs ago.

now some more pics

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Wed Jan 12, 2022 8:08 pm

Now I needed a tool. I looked up the Piaggio tool and it was around $100 so I didn't bother with looking any further. Later a friend tells me Cyclegear has a tool in stock for around $40 but I already was going to build my own.

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Wed Jan 12, 2022 8:12 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Wed Jan 12, 2022 8:27 pm

That's all for today. I filled the fork with 520 cc of Maxima (half 5 and half 10) fork oil and put the fork together and got it in the bike.

I spent $6 on allthread and wingnuts at the local hardware store.

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:33 pm

Nice job hipower! Guzzi ingenuity rides again!

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:16 pm

It was a fun project. I spent a good chunk of last year building my work space. Now I need a lift.
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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:42 am

Nice woodwork Thumbs Up

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:27 am

that's the beauty of having shop space with good equipment! Thumbs Up

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:07 am

Chris W wrote:
that's the beauty of having shop space with good equipment! Thumbs Up

And the ability to make things out of scraps. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:33 pm

Great if you have the tools/facilites  Cool  The rest of us poor suckers are left with paying ebay £25 for one of these 39 -50mm.

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:14 pm

I have always used a long piece of pvc pipe with a cap on the end.

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:50 pm

sideshowbob wrote:
I have always used a long piece of pvc pipe with a cap on the end.

Got Pics?

Pretty please.  I intend to embark on that soon.

cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:51 pm

sideshowbob wrote:
I have always used a long piece of pvc pipe with a cap on the end.

Used similar, £25 thought something like that tool be close to £100 Cool


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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:17 pm

so I need a new battery and an oil change and then insurance and registration

and then I can take the bike for a spin
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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:06 pm

Bill,

spoken as a friend, you may want to change the forks seals at the next MG Tech Days, when there are some experienced mates around. Thumbs Up

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:17 am

Nobleswood wrote:
Bill,

spoken as a friend, you may want to change the forks seals at the next MG Tech Days, when there are some experienced mates around. Thumbs Up

That was hurtful @Nobleswood; look for letter from my attorney.  Evil or Very Mad

Seriously, silly man.  I was getting tools ready for that gathering, not for me to use on my own.   No

OTOH, I need a Roper or clone to wander the floor during MGTD as I think you know from a previous attendance that Some People -- and I don't mean you  Wink  -- needed more supervision than others.  Shocked  Boys, beer, bourbon, and more can be a dangerous combo for tech work.   drunken

But it's still a fun time. cheers

Bill

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:06 pm

Sorry, the pvc pipe thing only works for conventional forks. Not the upside down ones.

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:47 pm

Rats.

You are useless. Very Happy

But it does kinda prove Tim’s point.  scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Fork Seal Replace   Fork Seal Replace Icon_minitime1Fri Jan 14, 2022 8:00 pm

Seems like when I did the white powers on the Centauro I carefully worked around the seal with a brass punch. They didn't leak.
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