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started tearing down extra set of forks i have to replace seals-using clymers, i got one apart before reading that this model needs to be done in honda shop. is that true. they set outside for some time and c-ring rusted in place and im working to free it up to get to seal, is it effort in futility or can i do it myself. bike older than most honda mechanics- took this shop in town one year to fix my vtx 1300 and it was new. thanks
 

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:dude:Of course they tell you that. But the job you are doing is not that difficult.Did yoy pull whole tube . You dont have to . remove bottom allen and clip around seal and give a couple good yanks. Just watch bushings on sliders on assembly.
 

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Make sure there is no air pressure in the fork before you start

I made a real mess just the other day :(I think Iwet my shortsa little to :cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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i knew there was information in this forum, didnt know how to extract it. to add to my difficulty, the clip ring is rusted in place. all suggests were helpful. dont know where id be without this forum , thanks.
 

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Set the forks upright and shoot some WD40 in the spacing above the ring and seal. Let it set overnight (maybe longer) and then use a REALLY GOOD set of clip pliers.
 

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be very careful when removing the allen screws from the bottom of the fork. This is where many people go wrong and strip out the head of the allen screw. An impact driver with exactly the right sized bit is the best way to go if it is too tight. If they sat outside chances are this screw will be a bugger. But it can be done.
 

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impact driver was used, they came out easy. still soaking clip ringin wd40 . looked at using pic tool to hook under one eyelet. store close to here wanting $ 12 dollars for it, seems high. got ring worked loose enough to spin. have very good set of pliers but they want to keep slipping off and splattering me with wd40. when i do get it out, suppose next aggrivation will be knocking seal out. good thing i have this back up set to play with. ha!
 

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Easy to do, just make sure you polish any and all rock dings on the fork tubes - if ya dont - there's a good chance you will be doing the job a second time
 
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