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Old 01-23-2019, 06:52 PM   #1
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One off tools... AKA, fork seal driver

Yep. I don't own one. You guys have any opinions on one? I got all the way to the point of jamming my fork seals home then realized my fork tube diameter does not play nicely with standard PVC/ABS pipe sizes. (Even if I do cut the pipes up a lot to get them to fit around) Spent too much time on this already. Just need the proper tool.

Anyone got a kit they like to use? Anyone got a kit I can borrow? Looking for a 45mm driver right now. Such is life.

Feels like I'm gonna have to shell out $60 on a stupid kit that I'll use once or twice and then store with all my other tools that I rarely use.... while still living in a tiny house.
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Old 01-23-2019, 07:13 PM   #2
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Motion Pro ringer is super easy to use. https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0491
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Old 01-23-2019, 07:22 PM   #3
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moto guild probably has the tool

https://www.motoguild-sf.com/pages/pricing
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:53 PM   #4
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I have quite a few tools like that, only get used very sporadically but specialized. I justify the investment by the significant savings in labor, and usually buying the tool is a small fraction of the cost for shop to do it. Just my opinion.

That said, drivers can be had for less than $60 (motion pro isnt even that expensive.) There is a Tusk 45mm one on Ebay right now new for $25 with free shipping.

I've never used the adjustable ones, just a collection of size specific ones collected over the years. If I were closer and not leaving for Baja in a few hours I would offer to loan you one. But $25 aint a bad price for the right tool to get your job done IMO.

Then again, I've used PVC pipe in a pinch before.
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Old 01-24-2019, 12:35 PM   #5
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I've only used a piece of PVC pipe to drive fork seals into place. It works great, cost a lot less & if it gets damaged. Just cut a new one.
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:20 PM   #6
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I've used this with great success. Will fit almost any fork seals you'll do in the future.

If you want to meet me at my place in the South Bay, you're welcome to use it.
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Old 01-24-2019, 03:03 PM   #7
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I've used this with great success. Will fit almost any fork seals you'll do in the future.

If you want to meet me at my place in the South Bay, you're welcome to use it.
I'll probably end up buying it as meeting up twice is rather time intensive and time is one of my most finite resources. But thanks! If it was a neighbor nearby in San Carlos then no biggie. But, bay area is so big.
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:04 PM   #8
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You can't just find a similarly sized plastic pipe and cut? That's what I do.
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If standard PVC doesn't line up, try some fittings. They are usually thicker. They can be easily sanded down if a little too large. Also, steel pipe is a different diameter. You can buy nipples as opposed to a full section. Take a seal with you to the hardware store. I like to use T fittings and pound on the T part using a deadfall or plastic mallet. DO NOT hit close to your fork tube with a steel hammer, as even a little miss will put a ding in your tube.
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I expect I will have to learn to do this sooner than later and, like you, don't like buying tools that I'll rarely use or could fashion by myself.

Youtube is your friend:
https://youtu.be/vrmYJgcGX30 fast forward to 17:00.

I will probably opt for hose clamps instead of the u-clamps he used.
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:57 PM   #11
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You don't even need to buy a piece of PVC pipe. All that you need is your electrical tape. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DzZjW2p_H4

I did the same with my Honda Nighthawk 750 '03. Nice and easy and this was my first try at changing fork seals. One year later, not a single clue that the seals are leaking and I ride every single day.

My extra advice: place the old seal between new one and the "electrical tape fork seal" and it would go inside like butter.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:29 PM   #12
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You don't even need to buy a piece of PVC pipe. All that you need is your electrical tape. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DzZjW2p_H4

I did the same with my Honda Nighthawk 750 '03. Nice and easy and this was my first try at changing fork seals. One year later, not a single clue that the seals are leaking and I ride every single day.

My extra advice: place the old seal between new one and the "electrical tape fork seal" and it would go inside like butter.
Interesting idea but I am not completely clear. Is he fashioning a seal driver by just winding tape or did he use tape to secure the old seal and use it as the driver? The tape isn't too soft?

Got to be careful not to mar the fork tube with the screw driver.
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:28 PM   #13
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Time is money. I've done these things unsuccessfully and wasted a ton of time. I'll be buying the $60 kit off Amazon soon enough. I'd like a cheap and nice trick but with my luck and what not, it just ain't work it.

Unfortunately, I value my time very highly and so I cannot spend anymore time with the PVC/ABS pipe stuff. Just is what it is... It's why I have so many tools anyway. (They save me time)
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I have always used pvc pipe and a hose clamp to squeeze it onto the fork tube. A little duct tape first helps keep it from slipping.

In my experience the only tubes that actually need a hammering action to install the bushings/seals are older Honda stuff. Everything else can be pressed in by hand (with a close enough piece of pvc pipe or similar)
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Interesting idea but I am not completely clear. Is he fashioning a seal driver by just winding tape or did he use tape to secure the old seal and use it as the driver? The tape isn't too soft?

Got to be careful not to mar the fork tube with the screw driver.
Yes, just wind tape around the upper fork until you reached the desired diameter. If the first turns are tight, it won't move and serve to hammer the new seal inside, just like the same technique that "Delboy's garage" uses but there is no need of using a pvc pipe clamped into the upper part of the fork.

I added the old seal first (I just placed it "next" to the tape lump), just to match the exact diameter of the new one and it pushed the new seal inside like butter.
Notice that is Delboy's video, he lubricates the outer edge of the new seal with fork fluid. Resting friction to the operation is key to allow an easy technique.

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