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    • The basic principal is extremely simple, remove the dust over, insert tool, rotate it around the leg over 360 and slide out catching the debris.

      Bounce the forks a couple of times, repeat the above.

      If you are showing now oil on the har chrome fork leg you are good to go

      or for visual leaners

      doing this could potentially save you a few hundred dollars and down time from your bike

      if by chance you are out on the road and you have a fork seal leak and forgot or haven't bought your tool yet, chances are you could make one easily simply by cutting some thin plastic as a single use version

      Plastic insurance cards or a plastic soda bottle both work well

    • Hi Paul,

      Given the topic, I wonder what your opinion is on using some of the fork socks neoprene protectors. In my experience some folks love them, others say they could be causing more harm than good. For my street mostly and occasional forest roads use, I used some on long trips - perhaps more for peace of mind - but then removed them and have stopped using them.. Some claim that if not being removed and washed and the fork cleaned periodically, dirt can get trapped in and become an abrasion compound damaging the fork and seals faster than if without the fork socks.

    • they are good but need maintainence, if you cross rivers/ puddles, they need to be checked because they will actually hold silt where without them it would just wash away.

      In mud (like your photo) that sticks they for sure add protection, but you could also use mud scraper dust covers too, SKF makes them

      For more road biased riding they work, I have had some on my Super Tenere for 81,000 miles and no issues...but did they ever stop a potential failure? Conjecture!