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Old 09-14-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Cheaper Source for Seals??

Anyone found a cheaper source for common maintenance seals like axle and forks?

I'm all about OEM parts for some things, but don't feel BMW rubber is superior to other, especially as expensive as BMW seals are!
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:34 AM   #2
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Anyone found a cheaper source for common maintenance seals like axle and forks?

I'm all about OEM parts for some things, but don't feel BMW rubber is superior to other, especially as expensive as BMW seals are!
Probably the easiest is, when you have it down for maintenance next time take the seals to your local industrial bearing supplier, I fairly certain they are not a custom design/spec seal.

if you clean them and know where to look you can probably read the part number and search MSC Industrial, or McMaster Carr.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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Just search the threads. The wheel seals are common SKF and other mfg's used on all kinds of bikes/atv's. Same with fork seals.

I've done them all on mine, sorry I don't have the links handy.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:11 PM   #4
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small caveat.

the '13 and up WP fork seals are BMW proprietary voodoo unobtanium made on a moon of saturn.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:21 PM   #5
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The CR Seal, now owned by SKF,
worked for me on many axle, bearing and other seals.
Different story on the fork seals as they are very specific in design by the OEM.

SKF Seals
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small caveat.

the '13 and up WP fork seals are BMW proprietary voodoo unobtanium made on a moon of saturn.

Ugh..... Krafty Germans......
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:42 AM   #7
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Take the old seal to a bearing supply house.
They will read the measurements and hand you a new one if you give them about $2 bucks.
Same for any circlip.
But you'll be saving big money when you buy your bearings from a bearing supply house and not the dealer. Ask the dealer the price of a set of steering head bearings and then ask for a quality bearing cost from a good bearing supply house.
Cha-ching! Now you know how the dealer affords his old lady's bolt ons.
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Take the old seal to a bearing supply house.
They will read the measurements and hand you a new one if you give them about $2 bucks.
Same for any circlip.
But you'll be saving big money when you buy your bearings from a bearing supply house and not the dealer. Ask the dealer the price of a set of steering head bearings and then ask for a quality bearing cost from a good bearing supply house.
Cha-ching! Now you know how the dealer affords his old lady's bolt ons.
Hahahaha.

Good idea! Maybe then I can afford some bolt ons for my old lady.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:28 AM   #9
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I don't know how you measure seals over in the US but this is what i ordered for my wheels at a bearing shop over here in Germany

DIN 3760 - AS 25,0x47,0x7,0 NBR 2,90€ ~3.87$
DIN 3760 - AS 30,0x47,0x7,0 NBR 1,70€ ~2.27$
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I don't know how you measure seals over in the US but this is what i ordered for my wheels at a bearing shop over here in Germany

DIN 3760 - AS 25,0x47,0x7,0 NBR 2,90 ~3.87$
DIN 3760 - AS 30,0x47,0x7,0 NBR 1,70 ~2.27$
Seal measurements are often marked directly on the seal.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:50 AM   #11
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I don't know how you measure seals over in the US but this is what i ordered for my wheels at a bearing shop over here in Germany

DIN 3760 - AS 25,0x47,0x7,0 NBR 2,90 ~3.87$
DIN 3760 - AS 30,0x47,0x7,0 NBR 1,70 ~2.27$

Mikemike

there are the measurements

AS = seal type (I think)
25.0 = id
47.0 = od
7.0 = thickness
NBR = material
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:41 AM   #12
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AS = seal type (I think)
The type of seal you nead is DIN 3760 (DIN is the German Institute for Standardization like ISO)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radial_shaft_seal
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