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Re: Forking Around: A Fork Maintenance Guide

Yes, Clymer's manual does say 10W20, but who knows why. The only company that I'm aware of that makes multi grade fork oil is in Switzerland. I use Bel Ray 10W in mine. It doesn't seem underdamped for street use. I weigh just about 170 with gear and have cut my springs to stiffen them. I'd say 10w fork oil would be fine for you.
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Noticed this weekend that the oil seals are different from gen 1's to gen 2's. Homme had a spare from his gen 1 and when we were ready to install it we noticed they are different diameters. In fact the gen 1 is smaller.

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I did,

Read: https://www.ex-500.com/index.php/topic,276.0.html

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Re: Forking Around: A Fork Maintenance Guide

Can someone suggest a seal driver (what size? 3.5mm?) or post instructions on how to make one!? Thanks!!! Also, is it required to replace the fork tube bushings? I have new seals, dust caps and circlips, but that's it.

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Go and peruse the plumbing isle at Home De Poo . there you will find a great assortment of PVC pipe. select a piece of an appropriate size and buy a 2 ft piece.
They usually have short lengths in a rack.

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do fork bushings have a minimum and maximum gap clearance (much like on piston rings) once installed?
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No, you simply install them when new and replace them when they look worn

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Right, appreciate your answers Fog, but should the edges of the slot or opening of the bearing be in compression once it is installed on the slider bottle or there has to be a small gap betwin edges of the bush? I ask because last times i fitted them in it seemed that the bush was closing its ends at an outside diameter bigger than that of its place on the slider, making it harder to press in. So question would be: are you supposed to trim the edges of the bush before hand? sorry if all this sounds weird and thanks for the patience
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Re: Forking Around: A Fork Maintenance Guide

You wnt the bush to press for sure, but not so tight as to crush itself upon installation. be sure you have all the bits clean and install the split to the side as the main load in Fore& aft.

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