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Old 04-03-2014, 10:12 PM
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I found these seals back when I was looking for replacement parts for my forks and just happened to be directed to RIDE JBI.com.
I've known SKF for a long time and naturally can't see any issues with the fork seals, but has anyone used them??

SKF Fork Seals & Wiper Kit

How about the seal heads? Might be a VERY good alternative if manufactures don't sell the seal heads ( Suzuki rmz and Yamaha yzf come to mind... )

SKF Shock Seal Head Case

And finally would these be worth it?
Front and rear sold.

SKF Front Wheel Seal Kit

Being SKF I'd hope they'll be good, my new yz450 needs new fork seals and was thinking of these.
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I have tried almost every fork seal product on the market and I have returned to the OEM units as they seem to be the only things that last.
I am not sure if I have tried the ones you are posting, but to me OEM fork seals are the only way to go, for me anyways on Hondas, Suzukis, KTMs and Yamahas.

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Yamaha packages an oem kit with seals and bushings.



http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...-Fork-Seal-Kit

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Yamaha packages an oem kit.
Yes true for the forks, the seal head doesn't have a replacement on the yz450.

Paw- I am a die hard OEM fan too. However these aren't manufactured by some unknown brand but SKF have a good reputation in the seal industry, perhaps I shall be the guinie pig?
I have a set ready for the CR250 project I'm currently working on.... I'll do a write up if I have some time.....

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I have tried almost every fork seal product on the market and I have returned to the OEM units as they seem to be the only things that last.
I am not sure if I have tried the ones you are posting, but to me OEM fork seals are the only way to go, for me anyways on Hondas, Suzukis, KTMs and Yamahas.

Paw Paw
I'm quite sure you've seen the brands that manufacture the various so called OEM seals, I only refer to them as 'so called' because it's a seal company that the OEM use therefore not an actual Honda seal per say ( of corse I'm sure most would know that ) I've seen several OE seals come from SKF. This is why I'm thinking of trying them on my Yamaha. The only real advantage is less 'seal drag' and supposed extended life.....
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Yes, I do understand that the bike manufacture's don't make there own seals, but I have had no luck finding out who supplies them either. I would assume it's a Jap company, but who and to what spec's? Shelf items or special specs?

I have tried many seals that state "less drag" only to find that it also means "shorter life and less seal".

Good luck with your test! Let us know how it goes.

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It has definitely crossed my mind that the less drag promised may compromise seal life...resulting in more leaks and subsequently a shorter life span. I guess the only test is to try them out. Right now the OEM Yamaha seal and bush kit is very cheap ($54) so perhaps I'll leave my cousins CR250 to be the test bike, most definitely you'll see a post up on these... Thank you for your input though
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Yes true for the forks, the seal head doesn't have a replacement on the yz450.

You don't have to replace the the head. You can get the kyb seals and bushing if needed (the same used by yamaha) . You can actually buy a kyb rebuild kit for your shock. You can use whatever brand you like but skf is not your only option for quality parts.


http://www.bikebandit.com/kyb-genuin...Fa5DMgodXWgAhA

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I know on the 06-09 YZ's fork seal leaks are far too common, and the solution for many has been to replace the OEM seals with OEM Honda seals. I have no idea what the differences are but the Honda parts are far less problematic. You might want to poke around on ThumperTalk and see what kind of info you can find.
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You don't have to replace the the head. You can get the kyb seals and bushing if needed (the same used by yamaha) . You can actually buy a kyb rebuild kit for your shock. You can use whatever brand you like but skf is not your only option for quality parts.


KYB Genuine Parts Shock Service Kit - BikeBandit.com
How the heck did you find that!? I swear that we can't see half the stuff you guys can in the US....
VERY good to know however, it was a blow when the genuine parts diagram didn't show up individual parts like the honda......

Goes to show how much I know about finding parts sometimes....

Now here is my question ( perhaps a little too early to ask but hey, no harm in asking ) how easy are those seal heads to rebuild? They look pretty compact to me...

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I know on the 06-09 YZ's fork seal leaks are far too common, and the solution for many has been to replace the OEM seals with OEM Honda seals. I have no idea what the differences are but the Honda parts are far less problematic. You might want to poke around on ThumperTalk and see what kind of info you can find.
Now THAT too is very interesting....
I've actually read that some have swapped the seals on the Honda PSF with the Kawasaki seals for the same reason....

I've actually got an account over with TT but hardly use it ( don't like it as much as ATM )

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The only question I have is that what type of fork from the Hondas would blhave the same seals as the Yamaha??
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It is not hard at all to rebuild a seal head. Uncrimping the head and recrimping is really not that big of a deal. Driving out the bushing and pressing the new one in will require the right size driver. Just pay attention to the order and orientation of the parts. The body of the seal head is a non moving part so it really doesn't wear out. Most people replace the whole head for convenience.
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SKF seals are some of the best, try them out if you have the opportunity
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Best seals money can buy in my opinion.
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Best seals money can buy in my opinion.
Coming from someone that specialises in suspension that is good to hear. I've got two sets to install on two different bikes in the future and I'm very interested to see for myself the difference!
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stevo, as far as I can recall the 06 era Honda fork seals will fit the 06-09 Yamaha bikes. I don't know if the forks changed at all in 10 but maybe what little I do know will be of some help
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stevo, as far as I can recall the 06 era Honda fork seals will fit the 06-09 Yamaha bikes. I don't know if the forks changed at all in 10 but maybe what little I do know will be of some help
The 06 CRF 450r uses 47mm seals, the 06 Yamaha YZ 450f uses 48mm seals.

Here's a good selection for SKF.
http://slavensracing.com/product-cat...k-accessories/
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Well a few hours on the new seals and.... They leak.....














Nope just kidding!! haha
They are GREAT the installation was easy and so far I have only noticed a very slight reduction in stiction, I would have to say it's most noticeable when I depress the forks while standing. When I was reassembling the forks I couldn't believe how easily the inner tubes slide it was annoying to some extent as I'm used to the inner tube sticking.....
That aside, I'll put some hours on them and see how thy retain oil. At least they are not leaking like before
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just replaced seals on my 13 yz450 stock ones started leaking at 25 hours. I put hour meter as soon as I got the bike. My brother recommended SKF. They suggest wiping lower tubes with fork oil after washing. Never heard of this before but makes sense. Got a few rides in so far no leaks
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