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Old 02-12-2005, 04:04 PM
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I need to change the fork seals on this model and according to the haynes manual i will need a press and to heat up the lower forks but doesn't go on to explain why or how just to take them to a yamaha service to do any overhaul on them......................do I need to do this just to change the fork seals
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Old 02-12-2005, 04:21 PM
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Fork seals are an INCREDIBLY tight fit into the sliders m8.In the past I've used a gas camping stove to heat up the tops of the sliders (very carefully! ) to expand the alloy enough to make it easier to pop the buggers out with a tyre lever.To fit the new ones I grease them and the seat on the sliders and use the old seals as a drift.
There's bound to be someone on here that knows an easier way.Course,if yer flush take the bike to a dealer and have him do the work........
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Old 02-12-2005, 04:25 PM
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If I was flush mate I wouldn't be trying to get a '91 virago back on the road.................. but thanks for the info.............it's more to do with why I need the press and then the heating of the lower fork legs that's worrying me.........don't want to start the work and then find what I need this press for.
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Old 02-12-2005, 04:28 PM
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I reckon the press is to get the new seals in.Big rubber hammer and the old seals (or a humungous socket) as a drift should do it,but keep everything SQUARE.Heating up the sliders would make it easier to get the new 'uns in.
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Old 02-12-2005, 04:58 PM
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Good advice m8,I was talking from my experience of the GS550 where you can't use the fork leg as a slide hammer,it pulls straight out.You really need to use something like a tyre lever to get the buggers out.
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Thank you gentlemen for you very good advice, I will try this out in the next few days..........................wish me luck..................
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