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Tie One On
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I rebuilt my R forks over the last couple of days and I found that 2 tools were required to do this. Now I did not go out and buy the tools, rather I made them in my shop and I am making them available free of charge to anyone that needs them. As long as you pay the shipping to your door and you let them to anyone else with an R model that needs them the next time. They will fit into a flat rate USPS small box so I think shipping will be less than $5.00 if I remember correctly the rate on that box. I have included some info and pics of my rebuilding with some general interest help if you want it, read on.

I noticed that the R model forks are not made the same internally from the right fork to the left fork. This is why you need 2 tools. 1 tool for each side.

This is the set of tools I made. They are a round pipe with notches cut at one end and a socket coupler attached to the other end, the second tool is a set of 3/8 inch rods the fit into 2 opposing holes in a tube on top of the spring that you can grip the tube with and push it down to remove the spring cup washer. The last tool I made was a PVC coupler that I cut into 2 pieces and you slip them onto the lower slider and tap them with a mallet to push the seals into the races. One note, The seals are installed differently on each fork. One has the chamfer installed towards the top of the slider and the other installs towards the bottom of the slide. Not sure why they did this either but when you pull the old seals off make sure to look at them to get the orientation.

Pick of tools,
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Pick of Sliders,
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Now, as long as you have the entire front end torn off the bike you might as well regrease your steering head bearings as I did.
I am glad I did. If you look at these 2 bearings you will see them as they came out of the bike. ALMOST NO GREASE ON THEM !!

Lower bearing,
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And upper bearing,
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Those bearings were almost DRY !
This next pic is of my upper bearing cup. It has a very small amount of rust spots started as you can see. I am sure because there no grease. But the cups were in great shape top and bottom so I lucked out there.

Upper bearing cup,
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And Star nut,

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Last, I will show you a pic of how I kept my bars and guage out of the way by tying it to the ceiling to keep it off the bike and out of the way.
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And finally, the bike with forks removed,

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To sum the rebuild up. All the work I did was very easy. You just need to take your time so you dont scratch the sliders inside and out and make sure you torque everything per the manual.
 

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ColonelB
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Great write up, thanks! If you still have your special tools, could you let me know? My right side sprung a leak (~48k miles) and I used a little plastic card tool (Seal Mate Fork Seal Cleaner from Motion Pro) to reset the seal in place, but a week later, the other fork seems to have puked a bit of oil, so maybe it's just time!
 

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caferacer
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Excellent writeup! This is what forums are for...
 

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Great write up but the images are not displaying. All I see are

 

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Pat (Patrick!)
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The pics may have been from an outside source such as PhotoBucket. The author may have deleted the pictures on that site.
 

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It would be nice to be able to preserve these pictures for just this reason. Resurrecting a old thread and having crucial info missing is the pits.
 

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Can anyone provide the Years/mileage that their forks started leaking? I may have to start saving!

Thanks,

Matt
 

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Fork seals are cheap and relatively easy to replace if you have a service manual and mechanical ability. There should be someone in your area that can help.
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Take it to a dealer and it will cost you your new born.
 

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Just riding
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DAMM DAMM saw couple of RED oil drops under the left front fork ????
oh no blown oil seal 2007 4600 miles
So off to the "stealer" tomorrow for new seals any "tips or tricks before I start would be appreciated .
 

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Killer Service Inc.
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watch the video..
link in Sig
 

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on the 'F' forum there is a video showing how to rebuild USD SHOWA by jan-dirk;i recomend a watch or two,also watch RSC ;s videos,easy when you know how. ;page 4 ,title; DAMN fork oil!!.
 
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