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stelladragon
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Location : Preston Lancs

Nightmare Forks!

Post by stelladragon on Thu 31 Aug 2017, 2:47 pm

The seals were shot when I bought my first 500s 2 years ago, and the chap I usually use for stuff I can't do screwed his face up when I took the legs round. He said they are notorious for the bottom bush getting stuck in the top bush etc. He replaced them, and 6 months later they are shot again. I decided to have a go myself this time but I can't shift them with the slide hammer or boiling water method. It driving me bonkers! Am a missing a trick?
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steady Eddy
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Location : Ellesmere Port

Re: Nightmare Forks!

Post by steady Eddy on Thu 31 Aug 2017, 5:47 pm

Are you following haynes guide? Have you took out the metal clip that holds the seal in?

Have you watched this vid, might help 
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stelladragon
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Location : Preston Lancs

Re: Nightmare Forks!

Post by stelladragon on Thu 31 Aug 2017, 5:58 pm

Yes I've followed the Haynes to the letter, and reinstalled the damper and tried the boiling water method. Still can't shift either seal.
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Jameshambleton
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Location : Bedale, North Yorkshire

Re: Nightmare Forks!

Post by Jameshambleton on Thu 31 Aug 2017, 6:26 pm

Drain your oil out if you haven't already, get a blow torch and basically set the seal on fire then get a stanley knife and cut it in some places. very vague I know but it worked for me
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Fair Weather Rider
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Location : Tenbury Wells

Re: Nightmare Forks!

Post by Fair Weather Rider on Thu 31 Aug 2017, 7:02 pm

I must be very lucky, I have replaced fork seals in 2 x cb500 and never had a problem.
Whole job takes about an hour.

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