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Jan 25th 2017, 04:12 PM   #1
 Squidly's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bothell

Anyone with a fork spring compressor?

Looks like I should have replaced the bushings after all because my fork seals have started leaking again. Does anyone have a spring compressor I could borrow for a weekend?
Jan 25th 2017, 05:27 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
You can do this without a spring compressor. See the two excellent videos by Delboy's Garage for detailed step-by-step instructions.

Regular type forks:

USD forks:
Jan 25th 2017, 07:50 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Bothell

I have 04-05 GSXR 600/750 forks so they really do need a spring compressor to make the job easy. I've done without when I changed the seals last year but I had a lot more muscle then.
Jan 25th 2017, 10:00 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Seabeck

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '17 KTM 690 Duke
I bought this basic fork service tool kit and a Pit Possie seal driver a few years ago. It's worked really well for the dozen or so forks I've serviced.

Fork Service Tool Kit

Note that Suzuki fork bushings are inside the upper tube and typically don't get replaced. They're a bitch to get out.

I did the forks on my track bike at one point because one leaked so bad it left a puddle on the garage floor. A rock dinged the lower tube which caused a tiny burr that cut the seal. I didn't notice it the first time and cut the new seal. Inspect the slider tunes really well for any imperfections. I was able to deburr the tube and polish it out.
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Jan 26th 2017, 08:28 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
You should try the 35mm film trick to try and clean any dirt out of the seals first. it stops leaks about 90% of the time. Just take a piece of 35mm film and slide it up in between the seal and tube, then push it around at an angle to clear any dirt.
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Jan 26th 2017, 11:43 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
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you can also have it done professionally at Optimum Performance Motorsports in Totem Lake/Kirkland
Jan 27th 2017, 02:28 PM   #7
 Squidly's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bothell

Appreciate the tip Pete but I think this leaks for real. I'm going to see how I do with a DIY fork compressor.

OPM, I'll see you guys for a baseline when I'm all done!
Jan 30th 2017, 10:24 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Squidly
Appreciate the tip Pete but I think this leaks for real. I'm going to see how I do with a DIY fork compressor.

OPM, I'll see you guys for a baseline when I'm all done!
worth it to just come down and check out the shop, chat with michael or alan, see how else we can help ya. maybe its just a tip to help you with your DIY compressor, never know. maybe we can order your parts for cheaper?
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