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The left fork seal on my '70 CL350 is leaking pretty badly now. Other than flipping through the Clymer manual I know nothing about rebuilding a fork.

Any CB/CL fork rebuilding tips for a newbie? Other than the seals, anything else I should replace while I'm in there? Any special tool I need to make/buy?



Tom W.
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Edited by - Tom W. on Apr 27 2006 10:27:22 AM
 

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youll probably need an impact driver. an air powered one. the nut that holds the rod in is a real bitch to get out if you dont have one. you can sometimes put the fork into a vice and get it out using a hammer type though. and make sure you get it back in with the same amount of torque. its not fun when those things loosen up. clean out the fork with some solvent. otherwise its pretty stright forward. pop out the fork leg, pry out the seal being careful not to screw up the lands, drop the new one in, and reassemble.

easy as pie. just a pain to do.

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I'd second the suggestion on the impact wrench...preferably a powered type. I just stripped the head of one (socket head) the other day. If I had been using a impact wrench the shock probably would have loosened it up without stripping it....it was a pain to drill out.

Now that Joe mentions it...I'm going back and checking the torque...I remember one didn't tighten up as well as I wanted...kept spinning the tube...another reason to use a power impact. It will tighted up the bolt without spinning the tube....as much.
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