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Old 07-08-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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KLR Fork Seals

I just got a 2006 KLR650 and the fork seals are leaking badly. DIY job or take it in? This is my first KLR and would be my first time doing fork seals myself. I googled a bit, watched a couple you tubes and read some tutorials. It looks like I could get it done myself, just a matter of time vs. money.
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:38 PM   #2
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I just got a 2006 KLR650 and the fork seals are leaking badly. DIY job or take it in? This is my first KLR and would be my first time doing fork seals myself. I googled a bit, watched a couple you tubes and read some tutorials. It looks like I could get it done myself, just a matter of time vs. money.
Contact Beezer he can walk you through it. We used to have KLR "tech sessions" maybe we are do for another one. I changed mine at one......wasn't that hard.....but don't remember enough to do it again.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:10 PM   #3
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easy fix...... time to call a tech day?
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:06 PM   #4
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A tech day would be great! This thing is a real beater. Recommendations on where to buy a fork seal kit? Is Eagle Mike the way to go for a doohickey?
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:52 PM   #5
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you can call the motorcycle shop for seals... they claim to have some
. if you have to order, go to somebody like Arrowhead
Eagle for the doo if you haven't changed it yet... needs to be done
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:51 PM   #6
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I'll try to make it if in town.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:49 PM   #7
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Buy a MotionPro Sealmate cleaning tool and try cleaning your old seals first. I was a skeptic, but they do work. Sold at most motorcycle shops.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:29 PM   #8
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The Motorcycle Shop has seals and oil in stock, so I will pick those up Friday and order the Eagle Mike doohickey kit. Do I need the specialty tools?
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My shop is available on Sundays if you wanna have a tech session in the valley.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:53 PM   #10
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:01 PM   #11
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I have tools
Thanks! Are the tools something that I need in my tool portfolio or is it sort of a one and done deal?
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:40 PM   #12
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If the bike is a beater, as you say, it's a good chance the seals are shot. However, KLR forks can be kinda weepy-- A year after replacing mine, one started leaking, followed by the other the next year. When this happens and you're confidant the seals should still be good (and you've inspected the legs for damage), pop them out by gradually pressurizing the forks, wipe everything down, making certain no debris remains between the mating surfaces, then tamp them back in using a PVC/ABS junction.*

*(there's a little more to it than this, search the usual sources for full step-by-step. easy job)
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:20 AM   #13
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doo tools are 1x. borrow them

seal tools.... klr seals are really easy to do with minimal tools. also, I got one seal that is 10 years & holding fine, but some are shot in one summer. main problem is too many holes in the boots... you need to cover some & turn the open ones to face aft, otherwise they fill up with dirt
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:18 AM   #14
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doo tools are 1x. borrow them

seal tools.... klr seals are really easy to do with minimal tools. also, I got one seal that is 10 years & holding fine, but some are shot in one summer. main problem is too many holes in the boots... you need to cover some & turn the open ones to face aft, otherwise they fill up with dirt
Good to know, thanks. I will order the doo without tools. I'm going to replace the seals. This bike appears to have 15k miles on it and pretty much zero maintenance, so I'm starting from scratch.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:50 AM   #15
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that means the fork oil level is too low as well then. they were all under serviced when new.... makes a huge difference when its right
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