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Old 05-09-2018, 01:46 PM
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80 special fork seal assembly order

I looked at the tutorial and wasn't sure I got these correct. Should be spacer with the lip that goes in in first - does the lip go up/out or down/in? Then the seal, open side goes up/out or down/in? then the flat spacer/washer, and then the c-clip. Do I have this correct?

I put these together not too long ago and now they are leaking again so gonna redo them, but want to be sure I get it in the right order/orientation.

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Old 05-10-2018, 07:00 AM
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Can't remember the direction of the spacer, whichever way fits best. The seal goes in with the numbers/flat side facing up. Then the washer and clip.
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:48 PM
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thank you!
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:39 AM
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Well thatís one mystery solved for me. Put my seals in upside down. All part of my Itís so fun letís do it sgainí approach to learning about the bike.


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Can't remember the direction of the spacer, whichever way fits best. The seal goes in with the numbers/flat side facing up. Then the washer and clip.
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:25 AM
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Well thatís one mystery solved for me. Put my seals in upside down. All part of my Itís so fun letís do it sgainí approach to learning about the bike.
How much extra cost would it be for the manufacturer to include a slip of paper stating correct seal orientation?
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:45 AM
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How much extra cost would it be for the manufacturer to include a slip of paper stating correct seal orientation?
Some of us are old and learned how to install seals back when people who "knew" would help those trying to learn. It has to do with the design of the seal lip. I learned in '73 at Arizona Automotive Institute, the engine rebuild section. Of course, I've forgotten most of it by now...
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:04 PM
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I used the PVC pipe tip here and I bet that I wanted the pipe to hit the flat part of the seal to get it in place. Didnít think about the actual design of the seal! Too many hemispheres of the brain to all fire at the same time. At least now I know how to get the current ones out without destroying the lip of the outer. Also learned the hard way...

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At least now I know how to get the current ones out without destroying the lip of the outer.
Do you have secrets to share?

I have only learned to use a heat gun, and put a putty knife under the seal puller tool.
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Old 05-12-2018, 05:44 AM
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Yes, I put them in boiling water when my wife was out. I must have read that tip here, or maybe online somewhere. If I remember correctly, itís not for very long. I think it does a double number on old grit and expanding the outer body.


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Do you have secrets to share?

I have only learned to use a heat gun, and put a putty knife under the seal puller tool.
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