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Fork-ing Seals

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Tweaks' started by Jay311275, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Jay311275

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    Ho-Ho-Ho.... Oh F you Xmas.... All I need leading into the festive period...

    So does anyone have any suggestions who I could get to do my seal, or seals if it's best to get both done at the same time??
    I live in Staines massive so somewhere with in riding distance hopefully???

    Jay IMG_20191128_103254.jpeg IMG_20191128_132716.jpeg IMG_20191128_132723.jpeg
     
  2. 0S2

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    https://md-racing.co.uk/ isn't far from you, not used them but worth a try.
    I see the MCT sticker but they are some hours away and always busy with the race teams.
    You need to get them both done and looking at that colour, asap/
    good luck and take it easy riding or not al all
     
  3. StMarks

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    If it makes you feel any better Jay, my forks are in the same state.
     
  4. Jay311275

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    I'm glad I'm not alone.... But nope doesn't make me feel. Any better lol...

    Whats a decent or reasonable price for this service???
     
  5. Worth trying a "Sealmate". (Small, thin plastic scraper thingy!)
    It's rare for the seals to fail completely - usually a piece of crud stuck in there.
    Worked on mine...
     
  6. 0S2

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    A few hundred quid depending if you ride in or take them off first.
    Not a lot more to buy a set to be fair and might be easier
     
  7. StMarks

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    I've been quoted £ 140 for new OEM seals & fresh oil fitted to my loose fork legs.
    Trouble is I'm adverse to having anyone else do work on my bike, and the engineering company who quoted me say I can't "assist" their technician because it would contravene regulations. (Blinking elf & safety)
    Good luck
     
  8. Last time I took mine in it cost about £200 - I supplied the seals.
    He threw in some lovely zig-zag scratches on both outer tubes, and some really nice churfed up nuts on the top...
    ...I've never been back.
     
  9. Jay311275

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    .... How much
     
  10. 0S2

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    I would take a guess that yours have been modified due to the MCT sticker.
    Few hundred quid is the worse case scenario if they have to be taken off by the shop/garage.
    Also a good chance that the brake pads will become contaminated too and they require replacing / calipers cleaning.
     
  11. Jay311275

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    No idea but when I bought her a few years back he mentioned they had suspension done with MCT.....
    I just said great as I didn't know any different.. Still wouldn't tbh
     
  12. Renboy

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    Given the state of the grease that's spilling out of that fork (you can't call that oil anymore) a sealmate wouldn't be a prudent suggestion. The grease needs to come out, and there's no point not changing the seals when it does.
     
  13. Jay311275

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    I think your right... Seems to be pissing out fast
     
  14. SW73

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    My seals aren't leaking but it's been 6 years since the oil was changed so probably needs doing.
    I get you need a few tools but doesn't look difficult, even to a mechanical learner like me. Plenty on you tube and in the service manual.
    Anyone got any thoughts on having a go. Like StMarks.... I'm not keen on letting an unknown quantity work on my bike.
    I guess in the worst case scenario I could take the bits to someone to put back together?
    Would love to hear from a diy'er who has done this.
     
  15. 0S2

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    Regular maintenance is key here and a suspension specialist isn't an unknown, if that isn't to people's taste then be prepared for some big expense in getting the tools to complete a job like this.
    I happen to service some of my older forks but they are quite simple compared to modern ones as very few tools are needed.
    Suspension / brakes are the most critical systems on the bike and looking at the sludge coming out of these forks, there is no way I would be riding that bike.
    Bite the bullet, get on google and find a local bike shop that can do the job asap as fork oil isn't the stuff you want slopping around the brakes.
     
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  16. Jay311275

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    booked in with md-racing..... so fingers crossed they do a good job.
     
  17. StMarks

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    How much please Jay.?
     
  18. Jay311275

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    He has stated £150 + parts and VAT....? so Im looking at around £200 I guess...

    If I had the time and all the correct tools I would do it my self, but its something that would take me an entire day, or two. whereas they can do it in a few hours no doubt.
     
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  19. 0S2

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    That's a good price especially if they are removing them from the bike.
    There's a lot going on inside forks, this is a set that is over 20 years old from my 400 that requires very few special tools.
    (I tend to service these depending on the hours, this year they covered approx 25 hours)

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  20. Renboy

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    Which is more or less the same setup as on the 675's. I do it every year on my bike and have purchased 0 special tools. With a little creativity you don't need to.
     
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