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    If I still had the showa fork I would go with these http://www.motoracingshop.com/en/skf...st-inside.html

    All videos for this SKF seal, show a really low friction seal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deefred View Post
    If I still had the showa fork I would go with these http://www.motoracingshop.com/en/skf...st-inside.html

    All videos for this SKF seal, show a really low friction seal.
    and those videos speak volumes to just how slick/non-stick those seals are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox Fader View Post
    Dang, you're making me want to spend more money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox Fader View Post
    Dang, you're making me want to spend more money.
    On the flip side - All-Balls claims their seals have very little stiction. Not seen a side-by-side comparo, but they claim their seals are far slicker than OE.

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    I did elect to go with the All-Balls 56-133.
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    All went well with the 56-133. The dust seal was tight and took a bit more work to get them seated.
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    I'm in the process of trying to seat that duse wiper seal. Any pro-tips on how you got it in all the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by futura_fox View Post
    I'm in the process of trying to seat that duse wiper seal. Any pro-tips on how you got it in all the way?
    You can try warming them. It'll both make the rubber a bit softer and unlike metal, rubber actually contracts when it gets warm - think of fan belts that squeal when they're cold and then quiet down as they get warmed up and get tighter.

    Can also use a very light coat of oil on the outside of the seal to help it slide into place.

    Haven't done the Fut's seals, but my Yamaha's dust seals (not the oil seals) can just be pushed in by hand.

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    You need Eine Spritz.

    This is my best advice to the guys in the workshop, "du brauchst ein Spritz!" when they are struggling with a hose, fitting, bolt, or especially a rubber seal. Use a dab of WD-40 to wet the seal. WD-40 is a lousy long-term lubricant, but that's what I am counting on. Just wet the circumference, and the seal will scootch right in with minimal effort.

    Afterward, unlike when using silicone, the seal will stay in place nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deefred View Post
    If I still had the showa fork I would go with these http://www.motoracingshop.com/en/skf...st-inside.html

    All videos for this SKF seal, show a really low friction seal.
    I just installed these on my Futura showa forks last weekend. They installed with little effort, but I have not ridden the bike since because winter has set in around here. Just wanted to let those interested in trying them that they do fit and install OK.

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    I use the All Balls seals all the time and have never had a problem with them .
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    Well, I tried and tried and could not get the dust seal to get seated. Even if I got it on most of the way it would pop off with movement of the fork. Definitely a manufacture defect.

    I googled and found on SV forum that they've had the same issue. One person even tried using a hydraulic press with no success! Someone said that All Balls corrected this problem with model number 56-133-1. No way to confirm this.

    http://www.svrider.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-165438.html


    I eventually gave up and shelled out the extra $$ on a set of the SKF seals. Dust seal pushed in with ease.

    Tried to save money and ended up wasting $25. Also All Balls doesn't refund or replace items purchased on ebay. FYI.

    Lesson learned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by futura_fox View Post
    Well, I tried and tried and could not get the dust seal to get seated. Even if I got it on most of the way it would pop off with movement of the fork. Definitely a manufacture defect.

    I googled and found on SV forum that they've had the same issue. One person even tried using a hydraulic press with no success! Someone said that All Balls corrected this problem with model number 56-133-1. No way to confirm this.

    http://www.svrider.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-165438.html


    I eventually gave up and shelled out the extra $$ on a set of the SKF seals. Dust seal pushed in with ease.

    Tried to save money and ended up wasting $25. Also All Balls doesn't refund or replace items purchased on ebay. FYI.

    Lesson learned...
    Clearly, something was wrong with those seals. The oil seals take some persuasion to seat in place, but those dust seals should go in pretty easily.

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    I agree the dust seals should have fit in easier, but I did get mine to go. May have left a 1/2 mm gap, they went.
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