Fork Oil and Should I do Fork Seal Change ??
Posted July 12, 2004 - 01:51 AM
So my forks are leaking. I have done the credit card under the oil seal thing a number of times now and its been 3 yrs since I changed the fork oil, or the seals.... so I guess I'm about due for a service.
So I'm going to take the forks apart to change the oil. I'm told its easy, so I'll give it a go,
1) how much more of a pain is it to change the seals if I have the fork apart anyway ?
2) do I need the seal driver, and cartridge holder to just change the oil ?
3) is there anything I can seriously &%*& up by doing this myself ?
4) Is there anything I need to NOT forget to do whilst I'm rebeuilding? The loctite thing concerns me as I cant get my hands on loctite here in Switz.....loctite, keskesé ???
I'm as far as having both forks lying on my bench waiting for my attention. I'm toying with the idea of taking the forks in to the shop. Convince me I need to do this myself !!??
All help muchly appreciated !
Posted July 12, 2004 - 04:17 AM
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Posted July 13, 2004 - 05:06 PM
Also, I supported my bike with a hydraulic jack, so I could raise and lower the bike to get the rods up after they slid down into the tubes.
Posted August 16, 2004 - 08:29 PM
The complexity of the clymer guide is deceiving as there are literally only about 13 parts that need disassembling including the fork tube and slider !
The only tricky bit was using my home made cartridge tool which almost wasn't up to the task.
I think I may spring for the real deal.
Also... I didnt even spill any oil - I had visions of giving my tools an oil bath but it didn't happen.
Given the cash flow situation at the moment I only cleaned the system and changed the oil and reset the clickers to stock.
Oil was pretty expensive though at about 30 $ a litre. I think we get shafted in Switzerland !
Anyone thinking about changing their oil - go for it. Its sooooo easy. Changing seals is a little trickier, but only because you need to manufacture (easy) or buy (expensive) a special tool, but still very easy mechanically speaking !
Posted October 17, 2004 - 12:45 AM
how hard is it to change the rear shock oil, and or service it?
Posted October 17, 2004 - 12:46 PM