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Old 11-28-2006, 08:39 AM
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I have a question regarding the forks on my 03 CR250R. I bought the bike with very low hours this spring. I rode it approx 20 hours this season on a hardpack MX track. The forks handle OK and they don't leak. I was planning an oil change this winter. My question is: Should I replace the fork seals while I'm inside? I have usually been dilligent with maintianence but I also believe in "If it ain't broke don't fix it" theory. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. BTW-I have done fork service on twin chamber forks on my 94 RM and I realize it's no picnic.
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:31 AM
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When I do my Honda forks seals area a given. I usually order the OEM seals from Service Honda because they come with new wipers and cost about as much as a set of aftermarket seals. I keep a set of bushings on hand as well and replace as needed when doing a fork service.
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Old 11-28-2006, 07:15 PM
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man, i think you nailed that one right on the head there faded.
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Old 12-01-2006, 08:05 PM
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Hey faded, how often do you find that you have to replace your bushings? I know they do wear out, and I'm about ready to re-do mine, so I'd like to check and see how it's all looking.

I typically don't replace my seals though, but at the cost why not I guess. It'll give me that chance I've been looking for to buy the '06 water pump impeller
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Old 12-06-2006, 08:54 AM
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I always replace my seals when I take my forks apart. When you get the inside and outside tubes apart, the seals get hit from the inside, where they are weaker. This way, they usually get damaged. But if you are going to just change the fork oil, without taking the forks apart, then you really don´t need to change your seals.
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:16 AM
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Hey faded, how often do you find that you have to replace your bushings?
I haven't really been able to pin down an accurate time table so as it sits they're on an as-needed basis. Sorry, not much help.
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:49 AM
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ha, as needed, although, you can't tell me when they are "needed"
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Old 12-09-2006, 10:10 AM
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ha, as needed, although, you can't tell me when they are "needed"
'How often' and 'when are they needed' are two different questions. A quick visual inspection should be enough to help you decide if a new bushing is 'needed'. Excessive wear and/or scratches on the bushing's surfaces (inner/outer) is what you want to look for. I would have replied sooner but figured I'd wait to find your one of my pics to show you an example. The new one should be obvious.


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Old 12-11-2006, 12:45 AM
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Oh yes, that helps. Thanks Faded. Again you've come through with shining colors

BTW, my right fork started leaking this weekend down here in SoCal, so I'll be into them for a fix job here in the next couple of weeks (snow sucks), and I'll post some pics of my bushings, as I think without looking in a while that it's probably time. It's been about 3 years since I replaced them, so either way, I'm going to replace them as it'll make me feel better if nothing else.

Service Honda, here I come.
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