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#142984 - 09/17/18 08:43 PM fork seals
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A question:
Can I presume if my yellow fork boots on my 1987 XT225 Serow have oil on them that I need to replace the seals?
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#142985 - 09/17/18 10:13 PM Re: fork seals [Re: Bush Pig]
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Yes that is correct. You should do a complete rebuild to include the sleeves. They get sloppy which causes seal damage over time. Then the leaks start. Sometimes you can get a nick in the fork tube that damages the seal (rare). Had this happen once. I've done forks on both bikes probably three times now. If you run off road in the rocks, it's hard on the front forks. There is a dust seal and an oil seal in there. A 2003 front fork diagram is HERE.

The manual calls for a few special tools but the job can be done without them using a bit of innovation. Good luck.
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#142987 - 09/18/18 09:41 AM Re: fork seals [Re: Bush Pig]
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You're a star. When I bought her four years ago I also bought A Hayne's. Very very useful
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#142990 - 09/18/18 02:02 PM Re: fork seals [Re: Bush Pig]
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Glad to assist. Caution on the reassembly as it's easy to put the top sleeve in first which blocks the fork tube from being inserted. The top seal goes in afterward. I used the spacer washer (on top) and a 3/16" rod to gently tap in that sleeve. You need to clear the fork tube so you can get a mallet in there for a vertical tap. A PVC section of pipe works too but you'll need a lathe to turn down one end. Not everyone has one of these. An easy out taped to the end of a ratchet extension will hold the damper rod secure if its retaining screw (very bottom) is tight. Good luck.
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