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    F-Twins Tech - F800GS Renewing Fork Seals

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    Renewing the fork seals on your 2013 or later BMW F800GS

    Fork oil is kept contained in the fork internals by a series of seals. Age, mileage, riding conditions, and previous maintenance (or lack thereof) all contribute to how long those seals keep the fork oil in the correct place.

    It's generally accepted that you should not ride for long on a bike that has a leaking seal. Fork oil could easily contaminate your brake pads and disc surfaces, thereby reducing your stopping power. Different fork oil levels between the forks can cause an unbalanced ride and poor shock absorption. Finally, oil can attract more dirt and debris onto the sliding surfaces of the fork, causing what should be a relatively cheap fix (~$35 for the seals and ~$20 for fork oil) into a very expensive one (new forks sliders will run you $578.76 per side).

    Note 1: The specific bike shown is a 2013 F800GS using WP Suspension forks (43 mm). Older bikes have a similar process, but use a different style of forks (Marzocchi - 45 mm).
    Note 2: The tools and materials used are by personal choice and are not due to any affiliation with any brand

    Supplies Required:
    SAE 7.5 wt Fork Oil - we need about 1220 milliliters or 41 ounces (1.3 quarts)
    New Fork oil seal and new dust seal (Part number as a set: 31 42 8 534 232)

    Tools Required:
    - 24mm socket (preferably 6-sided) (different size for bigger forks)
    - T25 star (Torx) bit
    - T30 star (Torx) bit
    - T45 star (Torx) bit
    - E12 external star (External Torx) socket
    - 17mm socket
    - 13mm open end wrench
    - Ratchet(s) that fit the above
    - Flat screwdriver or flat car plastic removal tools
    - Fork seal driver of the correct size
    - Torque wrench
    - Suitable way to raise the front wheel and keep the bike steady
    - Container to catch the used oil
    - Your least favorite shirt/rag
    Last edited by drneo66; 08-31-2021 at 01:08 PM.
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