Join Date: May 2006
Location: Canton, Texas, USA
"Why did you take your forks off?"
Here's the story. My K1200LT with 35,000 miles on it was leaking bad from it's left front fork. I knew I had to change the seals and boot. I thought why should I pay the service dept. 85.00 an hour when I can take the front end apart. So I called the service dept. and asked, "if I just bring it the forks, can you change the seals and oil?" He said no problem. So I slowly tore into the bike (I've had it apart several times, but this was the first time to remove the forks). Got to a point where I had to take a 22mm wrench, grind it down to fit, then heated it up and bent the head to an angle that would reach under the tree from the top and grasp the nut to I could unscrew the top nut and remove the forks (worked like a champ too!). I carried the forks up to the service dept. and two hours later return after eating lunch. Paid for the service, changed both fork seals, boots, new fork oil. As I picked up the forks to walk out, a mechanic stopped me and asked, "Why did you remove your forks?" I said, "The seals needed changing and new oil put in and that's what the maintenance manuel said to do." He said, "we have a way to do that without removing the forks.".....I replied, "How?" "Well, we have a way." was the answer. I thanked him for his work, drove home thinking, there's no way. How can they do that without removing the fork from the frame?
Anyway, I put the forks back on....hooked everything up and it rides fine again with the small oil puddle under the left fork afterwards....So if you ever need a tool to take your forks off? I'll give directions on how to make one or send a picture of it. lol.