Where the seal lives

I enjoy most motorcycle repair jobs – with the notable exception of fixing leaking fork seals! It’s a right pain to get the fork seals out of my 1997 Honda CB500V. Part of the problem is that it’s hard to see what’s going on because everything is inside. So, when I had to strip down the fork legs again I decided to take some photos. Here you can see the top of the fork leg. At the top, there’s a thin groove where a spring-clip lives, stopping the fork seal from escaping. Immediately below the groove is where the fork seal lives, sitting on a big wide washer that rests on first step. Below that, there is a narrower recess where the fork leg bush sits. The main difficulty during this job is getting the bush and the fork seal out from the dead-end which they live in.

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