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Can i replace the seal with out taking the shock completely apart. Tim
 

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If you mean without taking out the springs. Yes
 

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Yeah....... the oil seal comes out the bottom of the shock.
leave the air hooked up to it...... pull the circle clip from around the inside of the shock bottom. Use your compressor system on the bike to blow the seal out into a bucket. Tape the end of the shock and lube to protect the new seal sliding on over the bottom eye as not to cut your new seal in any way. refill with 10.5 oz of ATF before istanlling the new seal.

Have a blast man.
 

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Can I get some info on draining and refilling. Im not sure where to drain or fill from. I think mine need a fluid replacement.
 

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after getting one of my shocks apart after draining them dry,i would suggest just draining them and refilling with about 9-10 oz of atf thru the airline hole

thats if the seals aren't leaking,i am doing springs too so i have to tear them apart completely

only have the atf cost and time to tear off shocks to turn upside down
 

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After 22 or more years,there is more than likely a large amount of sludge inside those shocks. That sludge may be plugging orifices and keeping the shocks from working correctly.

Best to pull them apart and clean 'em up right.
 

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cntryboy1289 wrote:
Would diesel fuel or something else help liquidfy the sludge enough so it would run out?
I supposeyou could use any solvent.Would it clean out a plugged orifice? I don't know...those holes are pretty small.

I think the only way to know whay you've got is to take it apart.
 

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i suppose you could drain the shocks by turning them upside down, then put a couple oz's of seafoam in it ,shake it up and drain after about and hour,the refill with 10 oz of atf and remount,

course if seals are leaking ya gotta change them,really simple and inexpensive to do,either way you have to take shocks off and seeing how easy it is to replace seals,i'd do that instead of trying to save the $25
 
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