Upside-Down Fork Seal Replacement

If you see oil leaking from your forks, or if it's been more than a couple of years (according to the manual), you might need to replace your fork seals. It's a bit of work, but definitely with the reach of garage mechanics. This article is geared specifically to the "upside-down" forks found on the Vulcans and other motorcycles, but applies also to regular forks. Before you start down this road you might want to look at SealMate Fork Seal Cleaner. You might not need to replace your seals if there's just a bit of debris in there.

The first step is to head over to YouTube and watch Delboy's video. This is a clear, well-presented video showing the entire process once the forks have been removed from the motorcycle. I'm not going to rehash the entire process here.

 

Next, get together the parts and specialty tools that you'll need. You can generally mock somehing together from other tools or materials, but with the money you'll save by doing the job yourself you can include the right tools.

 

Tips that I've Learned

Now that you have everything, go watch Delboy's video again, and one more time for good measure and get to it.


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