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Fork Seal/Bearing Puller

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by littlebill31, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    Has anyone had luck using a blind bearing puller to remove fork seals?

    I cannot get these things out. Boiled water, banged around, pried them, cussed.....
     
  2. Doug79

    Doug79 XS650 Addict

    after removing the retainer ring and washer, my seals came right out just a regular lever type seal puller. They are not tight, at all. didn't try to remove the bushings so that will probably a bit harder.
     
  3. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    These just will not come out. Driving me nuts.
    I figured a blind bearing puller would work (I want to get one anyway) but not sure if it will actually do the trick.
     
  4. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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  5. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    Thanks Gary.
    I was going to try the pry bar tomorrow at work. I hope it works. These things are bad stuck.
     
  6. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    beating the seal with the socket or a large chunk of pipe really makes a difference. I've done a few nasty sat out in the weather fork seals.
     
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  7. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    Got them out. Thanks Gary!!!

    Soaked them in PB Blaster overnight, knocked them hard with a large socket and used the tire lever trick. Worked like a charm.
     
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  8. Paul Sutton

    Paul Sutton Still Looking Good Top Contributor

    My fork seals were so tight that when they finally came out there was a very fine aluminium coating on them. I assume the rubber welded to the aluminium. I tried everything including filling with oil and hammering. I avoided use of a tyre-lever because the risk of slipping and causing damage was in my opinion too great. Finally I drilled a hole (approx 2 mm) in the top of the seal through its metal reinforcing and screwed in a wood screw. I then pulled the seal out using a claw hammer on the screws - just like pulling nails. I protected the top of the forks by placing a piece of 2 mm aluminium sheet under the hammer. The first seal came out first go but the second required 3 attempts with 3 holes having to be drilled. I used a hand drill for the holes.
     
  9. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    I tried the screw trick on a bad lower I have as a test (note the marks from the PO).
    The screws kept ripping out, so I gave up.

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  10. Paul Sutton

    Paul Sutton Still Looking Good Top Contributor

    I wrote about removing seals back on 1st October 2016. If you search for "fork seals" and add my username "Paul Sutton" the thread will come up. There is a photo of the seals I pulled out with a hammer and the tools. Link Address:

    http://www.xs650.com/posts/475440/

    I cleaned the rubber residues left on the fork using fine steel wool with oil by very gentle rubbing.
     
  11. Paul Sutton

    Paul Sutton Still Looking Good Top Contributor

    Sorry but our comments crossed. The hole needs to be drilled closer to the outer edge of the seal otherwise the screw will tear out. Make sure the screw is pulled out vertically so it does not scratch the aluminium.

    Edit: The entry saying you have removed the seals was not showing on my computer. I must have been viewing a cached page. I am glad you solved it!!
     
  12. CoconutPete

    CoconutPete 1979 XS650 Special

    GGGGary's "tire iron trick" was money. I used a crowbar and an old innertube instead of a tire iron and a length of plastic, but otherwise the same concept.
     
  13. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    I like the "hammer-and-socket" prequel for loosening an old seal up. I will be using that tip in the future.
     
  14. littlebill31

    littlebill31 Smells of Raw Fuel

    It worked. You could that it moved and I know it definitely made a difference.
     

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