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post Apr 2 2014, 04:53 PM
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Hi guys,
Looking for a little help in regards to replacing the Fork seals on my 03 Dyna Low Rider.
I've never had the forks apart, so I'm looking to find what problem areas that I may run into while replacing my fork seals.
What are the best seal kits avail and where can they be purchased.
Any special tools needed for this little job.
What do you guys recommend for fork oil.

Just a little info about my bike and myself:
Bike is a 03 FXDL with aprox 13,000 miles. I've had it for 3 yrs and have had no real issues with it.
The engine has the 95 CI Screamin Eagle kit in it and it runs great. Fuel milage sucks compared to the Sportster I had prior to this bike but Oh well.

Myself, I'm a old guy with years and years of Aircraft engine and airframe experiance, so I condider myself a pretty good wrench.I'm retired USAF. I just like to see what issues I may run into before I tear into something that I've never done before (useally saves me some bucks)

I thank you guys for any/all info you may be able to give me.
Thanks,
Jerry
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post Apr 2 2014, 05:55 PM
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Are the seals leaking?
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post Apr 2 2014, 06:15 PM
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Yes, The left fork tube is leaking between the upper and lower sliders.
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post Apr 2 2014, 07:10 PM
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Do you have a service manual?
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post Apr 2 2014, 10:28 PM
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Yes I have and have read the Harley Service manual. The primary reason for asking you guys advice is to try to gain from your experience. I'm sure that I have the abilities to due this job. I would rather have those with extensive experience advise me of any areas that I may encounter problems do so, as I've found that it's much better to ask for advise than it is to fuck something up.
I will be most greatful for any advce that you guys may offer.

Jerry
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post Apr 2 2014, 10:48 PM
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Jerry I can't help you with your fork seal but I can say welcome to the shop glad to have you.
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post Apr 3 2014, 05:39 PM
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Thanks Jarhead for the welcome
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post Apr 3 2014, 06:32 PM
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Wish I could help, had an 03 Wide Glide that I truly loved. Also a 'Zoomie' many years ago, just not a wrench. Welcome to the site.
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post Apr 4 2014, 09:46 PM
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You're going to pull both forks out of the triple tree. Remove the screw on plug at the top of the upper fork, careful there's a spring behind that plug. Pull the spring. Go to the bottom of the fork and screw out the allen bolt that holds the piston rod in place. You may need an impact gun for this. What I ended up doing was getting a metric allen key for a 3/8th inch socket set and putting it on the end of the impact gun.

Once the spring is out you have to remove the old seal. You do this by grabbing the bottom and top tubes and compressing them, by pushing them toward each other and then snapping them back. Little by little the old seal will start to slide off along with the bushing. BTW: you really do want to get those bushing's on there before you start slamming the new seal in. Made that mistake... Make sure you dip the new seals in fork oil.

Welcome...

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post Apr 4 2014, 09:53 PM
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Edit: To get the new seals on you'll need a fork seal installer. Trick i learned here is to take a length of PVC pipe and split in half. Wrap it around the top tube, just above the seal, and keep it together with rubber bands. Start tapping the top of the combined pieces of pvc. Wrapping them is a better word than tapping. Thanks for the trick Clay!!!!

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post Apr 6 2014, 10:31 AM
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Thanks for the info Ordy.. Gonna give this a try next week.. Waiting on parts

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post Apr 10 2014, 01:03 PM
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Fork Seals complete and reinstalled. I used 30 wt. fork oil, hoping I dont have as much dive as before. Gonna take the bike out for a ride this afternoon. I'll let you guys know how all goes later.
Everone have a great day and thanks for the replies.
Jerry
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post Apr 10 2014, 02:51 PM
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Just noticed you are from Tucson. My big sister lives in Oracle and we have a 'vacation' house in Bullhead City. Small world




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post Apr 10 2014, 03:05 PM
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Screwball, small world indeed. You get out this way, give me a shout, maybe we can go for a ride.
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post Apr 10 2014, 03:12 PM
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Just returned from maybe a 45-50 mile ride. Front end feels great. Small dive under normal Ft braking. Small dive under medium to hard Ft. Braking.

I like it!
Best of all, No leaks.

Jerry. Screwball I'm a pretty old geeser myself, but I still enjoy rideing
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post Apr 10 2014, 04:08 PM
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QUOTE(My 1st Dyna @ Apr 10 2014, 03:05 PM) *
Screwball, small world indeed. You get out this way, give me a shout, maybe we can go for a ride.




Better include a food destination else I would not guess too likely .... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)
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post Apr 10 2014, 10:40 PM
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QUOTE(Night Rider @ Apr 10 2014, 02:08 PM) *
Better include a food destination else I would not guess too likely .... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)


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