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1986 GSXR-750.. need the fork seals replaced. I already have them.. wondering if anyone else has done this.. tips/tricks/advice anyone?
Can I just take the wheel off and take the lower sleeves off or do I need to drop both forks right out to do this ??

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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You'll need to remove both forks. There is one tool you'll need, a sharpened broomstick.
Use it to apply pressure when you remove the allen bolt on bootom of lower leg. It's a pretty straight ahead job, but a manual definitely helps.

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Just did mine a few weeks ago. It is a pretty simple job but yes the trick is finding a way to hold the damping rod inside of the tube to loosen and tighten the bolt on the bottom of the fork tube. I found a large piece of hex steel at my work. Suzuki sells a special tool. I don't know if the broom stick will do the job only because i had to torque mine to 50 ft. lbs. A bit of info. You may want to change the two teflon coated bushings while you have them apart. My manual, and dealer reconmmend it. I should have but didn't because mine were already apart and it was a week or so to get the parts. I wish I had, 3 week later and it is still not running.

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Just did mine a few weeks ago. It is a pretty simple job but yes the trick is finding a way to hold the damping rod inside of the tube to loosen and tighten the bolt on the bottom of the fork tube. I found a large piece of hex steel at my work. Suzuki sells a special tool. I don't know if the broom stick will do the job only because i had to torque mine to 50 ft. lbs. A bit of info. You may want to change the two teflon coated bushings while you have them apart. My manual, and dealer reconmmend it. I should have but didn't because mine were already apart and it was a week or so to get the parts. I wish I had, 3 week later and it is still not running.

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So if I were to look this thing up would I search for 'Suzukis' Special Tool' or would that bring up some weirdos porn site??? Hah.. if anyone hs the actual name that would be beneficaly.. and as for the manual let me share a wee story...

Me goes to the local dealer.. Unfortunealty they just dont stock original 1986 GSXR-750 manuals anymore.. and if they did (so says the mechanic) they cost about $100 each.. BUT they have a PHOTOCOPY of one for $59.99..

WHAT!? A bunch of freakin photocopies for $60?? Unfriggin likely.. The mechnaic shrugs "You'll save yourself an hour of labour and that'll pay for the book itself".. Hmm.. I'm thinking.. gee is it not only illegal to keep a photocopy of a manual and SELL it but for $60 I wouldnt buy that greasy monkeys ass for 5 minutes.... Now that I have a special 5.5mm allen key.. blah..
I think I'll just go to the library and photocopy the manual for $10.

But yeah.. whats the name for that 'Special tool'??

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OK, now for a politically incorrect, but effective way to not waste time and get the job done.

Contrary to popular beleif, there is no need to undo the fork or remove said cartride holder in the bottom of the leg provided you have decent ability and use good sense.

You will have to sacrifice a $2 dollar screw driver a, but oh well.

Sharpen the end of a flat head screwdriver and notch it just a hair first.

Remove the forks, then take off the dust seal and internal snap ring. Then carfull drive the screw drive thru the rubber part in the center of the seal and it will lift/pry right out. Careful not to nick the outer tube by levering on it.

Oil and put the new seal on and gently work it down. You can use the old gacked up seal to drive it, then put the snap ring and dust seal back on.

I have done this on several conventional forks with no problems.

Now the jacked-up USD forks are a nightmare all unto them selves. One way the old school gixxers are better.

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