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Old 11-26-2010, 05:12 AM   #1
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Who's selling the best fork seal kit?

Getting ready to change the fork seals on my 04. I figure I might as well go with the sexiest most trick set they make. Does anyone have any favorites they think I should go with?

Also, I only got about 9000 miles out of these. Upgraded dust covers? Fork gaiters? Any thoughts on how get some more life one I replace them?

My old BMW had 175k on it when I sold it, I put on the last 40k and it never needed seals.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:00 AM   #2
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The best seals are the stock Yamaha units.

I don't know why you only got 9000 out of your current set but environment and cleanliness can play a major role in the longevity of your seals. Basically... as long as no dust or dirt gets into the seals they should last indefinitely.

Did your old BMW have tele-lever front suspension?
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Old 11-26-2010, 06:07 AM   #3
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Go with OEM seals.

Check the bushings while you're in there. Their being worn could account for the seals leaking.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:02 AM   #4
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I found that the dust scrapers were dried out and not doing their job. I used Seal Savers on my 03 FZ and I found that the fork oil stayed clean longer and I was able to go 50K miles without having to replace a seal or bushing. All I did was remove the rock protector from the to[ of the lower fork leg and zip tied the bottom of the seal saver in it's place.

By the way I used the 1 3/4 inch full length seal saver cut in half as their only 7 dallars more than the short seal savers. http://www.sealsavers.com/shop/index...&products_id=1
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:08 AM   #5
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OEM seals. I have 70k on my bike and still running the factory installed seals.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:25 PM   #6
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A good way to shorten seal life is to clean your fork sliders thoroughly, put the bike away until next time. Cleaning the minute film of oil from the sliders and letting them dry is hard on the seals the next time the forks are compressed. After cleaning, I spray a little.....wait for it...... WD40 on the sliders and wipe them down. Learned this from a suspension tuner. Also, if you pack a little grease under the wiper it keeps crap away from the seal.
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:09 PM   #7
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Texas sun eats the rubber and shrinks it up, dirt gets in there and so long to the seal.
IvanK's on the money, a little synthetic grease at the wiper helps.
OEM on the seals.
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:00 PM   #8
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A good way to shorten seal life is to clean your fork sliders thoroughly, put the bike away until next time. Cleaning the minute film of oil from the sliders and letting them dry is hard on the seals the next time the forks are compressed. After cleaning, I spray a little.....wait for it...... WD40 on the sliders and wipe them down. Learned this from a suspension tuner.
Apparently I'm lazy: I clean them with wd40.
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