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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-15-2009, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Fellow Vulcanites --

Mr. Spock limped on one fork into the shed today. The right seal leaking Vulcan blood all over everything.

From scanning this forum I see that I'm in good company including Lance, Doug, NiteRider, etc. I will read these most recent posts, the verses, and the clymers manual and post any questions in this thread.

In the meantime if anyone has any advice on special things to watch for I welcome your input.

If it wasn't for this forum I think I may have already sold this bike!

Thanx AGAIN!

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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-15-2009, 11:28 PM
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Fellow Vulcanites --

Mr. Spock limped on one fork into the shed today. The right seal leaking Vulcan blood all over everything.

From scanning this forum I see that I'm in good company including Lance, Doug, NiteRider, etc. I will read these most recent posts, the verses, and the clymers manual and post any questions in this thread.

In the meantime if anyone has any advice on special things to watch for I welcome your input.

If it wasn't for this forum I think I may have already sold this bike!

Thanx AGAIN!

I am here with you on this one, left seal blew last week. Seals came in yesterday and picked up 15w fork oil today.

Seals

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kawas...1%7C240%3A1318


OIL

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Motor...4506.m20.l1116

European seals and performance shock oil, NO chop sticks here. Yes, this is what I am using.


SEAL REPLACEMENT

http://www.bulldogsbike.com/forkseals.htm


85 VN700 "Old Yella"

REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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Bulldog's write up on the procedure is great, I followed this myself along with the Clymer manual.

Couple of tips, do one fork at a time. This way if you need to use the untouched one for re-assembly, it is available.

When getting the spring clip off the top, use a pry bar under the handlebar (with rag over it to keep from scratching) to press down on the center with a socket over it. This way, with one hand you can depress the center and release the spring tension and have the other hand free to remove the clip.
Otherwise, three hands are helpful.

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I am here with you on this one, left seal blew last week. Seals came in yesterday and picked up 15w fork oil today.

Seals


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kawas...Q5fAccessories

OIL

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Motor...4506.m20.l1116

European seals and performance shock oil, NO chop sticks here. Yes, this is what I am using.


SEAL REPLACEMENT

http://www.bulldogsbike.com/forkseals.htm
Thanx for all the research, Lance!!

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Bulldog's write up on the procedure is great, I followed this myself along with the Clymer manual.

Couple of tips, do one fork at a time. This way if you need to use the untouched one for re-assembly, it is available.

When getting the spring clip off the top, use a pry bar under the handlebar (with rag over it to keep from scratching) to press down on the center with a socket over it. This way, with one hand you can depress the center and release the spring tension and have the other hand free to remove the clip.
Otherwise, three hands are helpful.

Jon
Jon --

Many thanx for your tips!!

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Get this and put on your bike ASAP!!

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Guardian® Bells
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"Have you ever wished you could get rid of those nasty road "surprises" that turn your ride in the wind into a trip where everything goes wrong? As we all know, life has many mysteries that have no apparent solutions. One of these is Evil Road Spirits. They are the little gremlins that live on your bike. They love to ride. They're also responsible for most of your bike's problems. Sometimes your turn signals refuse to work, or the battery goes dead, the clutch needs adjustment, or any of several hundred things go wrong. These problems are caused by Evil Road Spirits. Road spirits can't live in the presence of the bell. They get trapped in the hollow of the bell. Among other things, their hearing is super sensitive. The constant ringing of the bell and the confined space drives them insane. They lose their grip and eventually fall to the roadway. [Have you ever wondered how pot-holes are formed?] The bell has served its purpose. If you have picked up a bell of your own, the magic will work. But if your bell was given to you, the power has been doubled, and you know that somewhere you have a special friend helping to look after you. So, if you have a friend that doesn't have a bell, why not be the person to give them one? It's a nice feeling for the recipient to know you personally cared. The bell, plus a good preventative maintenance program by the bike's owner, will eliminate the Evil Road Spirits." Also known as Gremlin bells.


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REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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Hey Lance --

I LUV it. I'm going to get one. Where doe one hang this gremlin bell?

Thanx!

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I LUV it. I'm going to get one. Where doe one hang this gremlin bell?

Thanx!
Since you did a degoat hang it under there.


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REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
DEKA MF AGM ETX15L

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Hey Lance --

I LUV it. I'm going to get one. Where doe one hang this gremlin bell?

Thanx!
You should each buy one and then exchange them, as the power is doubled when you recieve one as a gift. Most members who join the Yahoo group need only ask the Bell Fairy for one and like magic...it will show up at your door..(Provided you let the BF know your address)


On a more realistic note...You should always wipe off your fork tubes before you take off on a ride. One of those silicone impregnated "reel cloths" they sell at tackle shops works reel well....

Dirt, bug goo, whatever stuck to the tube will increase seal wear, And effect fork efficiantcy (granted , just a bit)

Some suggest just using a silicone spray, but anything but a real thin coat will just cause dirt to stick to it like it is wet.

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Anyone ever come up with a boot or tube to protect the front forks and improve seal wear?

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