True, anything will work, but you ever done it with a fork seal driver? Makes it a 2-second job, and you KNOW you're not ****ing it up. I used some pennytech stuff to do it, and I finally broke down and bought one....makes it so easy.For driving the fork seals, almost anything that is thin and curved and not too hard and can push the seal down will work. People have used a screwdriver covered in tape, I use a paint stirring stick. Just go around and push it in bit by bit, no problem!
Here is an old dirt bike trick:First off, might just be some grit in the seal, get a seal-saver or .004" feeler guage, and insert it into the dust seal, past the fork seal and wipe it around a few times. Often this can dislodge what's causing a minor leak. Cheap fix, if not.
I think the seals on my front forks have gone bad. Oil is leaking out the top and dripping down the pipes. Is it possible to fix them by myself and does anyone know how or is it worth the $200 to get them fixed.
Good tip, I've heard of the 35mm trick but I don't think 35mm is easy to find nowadays!Here is an old dirt bike trick:
Use an old negative or piece of film strip to fish out the junk in seal. wrap the film around the fork and rotate it back and forth while pushing it gently past the dust seal and into the fork seal. The holes in the film strip will hold the junk as you pull it back out. Wipe down the fork and film strip and repeat. Cycle the forks in between cleaning and wipe down the forks again.
I just did this on my '03 and it fixed my leak.
If you do r&r the forks you can use a piece of pvc split vertically as a seal driver.
If you use belray waterproof grease between the fork seal and dust seal it will help to keep out the debris.