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hi all,

just pulled my lowers off to powder coat and was wondering if the seal/bushings of the front shocks need to be replaced? i visually inspected them and they look fine. the bike is a 2012 and only has 2,500 miles on it. i just wasn't sure if these parts were like the derby cover seals you need to replace every time you take the cover off. any help would be most appreciated

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matt

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I would just to be sure. it is a fair amount of work to pull replace them again if they do loeak. It only takes the slightest knick to have leaky forks. I am guessing you pulled them out before powder coating so there is that chance they leak and just not worth the work. If it was like a derby cover it isno big deal to replace if they leak but forks are a pain to pull off again
 

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You are over halfway there already. Spend the few bucks for the seals and Don't worry about them for a long while.
 

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+2 Go ahead and replace the fork seals while you have already done the hard part and have the bike all torn down.....Oh and by the way... the derby cover gasket is good for many times use....just check it for tears and re-use it if its OK....H-D recomends the new gasket each time to sell you a new one :)
 

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If you already have them apart think about installing progressive monotubes
 

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Thanks Gents for the replies, I will replace the seals and bushings. Gonna also add some SE fork oil to get a bit stiffer ride. The Progressive Monotube seems awesome, but after all this powdercoating I'm gonna need to save up for a bit more!
 

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Good call on replacing both the seals and the bushings....for such cheap parts you would kick yourself if they leaked after reinstalling everything.

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Every time I have taken apart a set of forks I leave the seal on the fork tube and reinstall it. I've done this at least 6 or 8 times installing chromed lowers on friends bikes and dozens of times on dirt bike forks in my younger days. In all those times I have never had a seal leak doing it this way. Also the bushing should be good for 50,000 plus miles so there is no need replace them either. The only thing that needs replacing is the fork oil.
 

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Every time I have taken apart a set of forks I leave the seal on the fork tube and reinstall it. I've done this at least 6 or 8 times installing chromed lowers on friends bikes and dozens of times on dirt bike forks in my younger days. In all those times I have never had a seal leak doing it this way. Also the bushing should be good for 50,000 plus miles so there is no need replace them either. The only thing that needs replacing is the fork oil.
50k on bushings? how many miles on the oil?
 
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