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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-24-2010, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Fork Seals... and stuff...

25k miles, 2+ years... and lots of off road time! It looks like I am going to have to replace the seals on the forks... getting some gooeyness going on down there now....
is this a DIY kinda project for someone who knows how to use tools and does most of his own work on the bike?
Anything else recommended while I'm down there?
I have not touched anything in or on the forks, so they are as they came from the factory.... being a offroad kinda guy, I was wondering if any of you have recommendations on stuff I may want to do to the forks while I have them apart.
Thicker oil? Thinner oil? Stiffer springs? Springier springs? Just asking away... honestly I have not had any real issues with the stock set up off road... but I'm always looking to add a little boost of ability where I can...

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There are a couple of guys here that really know their stuff, hopefully they'll chime in. The factory seals are the best, IMO, go with them.
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I did mine myself, without any special tools. Not bad at all. Used a piece of PVC pipe cut in half to set the new seals in.

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After 25k, and with a lot of rougher riding, I'd say you're ready to do a fluid change as well as just the seals. This involves pulling the forks, so special tools needed.

I did mine to Gustavo Spec, thinner oil, bigger air gap- See his excellent thread on the other Versys forum here-

Seems like it took a lot of the harshness out of the fork and let me add some more rebound damping.

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