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Old 08-26-2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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I think I got lucky with fork seals

I recently sent a bent front rim to woody's wheel works, When I got it back, I spooned on some Spitfires and balanced them. So I figured I should do something about my leaking fork seals.
The seals have not been changed since 1987 when I bought the bike, it was already 10 years old at that time. I took a piece of 35mm film and a can of WD-40 and proceeded to spray the seals liberally and push the film strip between the seal and the fork tube, pushing it around the tubes 4-5 times. Now my fork seals which are somewhere between 26 and 36 years old seem to be working perfectly.
I also drained and refilled the forks, I'm really surprised at how well the bike handles now, fyi: I have really cool looking red Marzocchi shocks on the back.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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Well, the first thing i thought when you said you got lucky with your fork seals was: they are too small for me, but I'm glad I have BMW's and not WPs

Glad yours worked out
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