The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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I'm in the process of replacing the fork seals on my '89 XT600, which I've had for about 2 months. I've never gone through this process before, but it seems pretty straightforward. I've been planning on replacing all the fork seals, but after removing the springs I'm contemplating replacing those as well. FWIW, the fork oil was absolutely disgusting, and the forks leaked badly and compressed very easily, so they needed some attention.
I believe they are the original progressive springs, and they look to be in decent shape. However, the PDF service manual I have (which may or may not be correct) states that the minimum length of the springs should be 18.4", but mine are roughly 18.25" (+/-1/32"). One is ever so slightly longer than the other, but not dramatically different. They are shorter than the manual suggests, but long enough that they still fully extend the forks.
So, should I replace the fork springs? I'm not necessarily opposed to buying new ones, but the OEM replacement springs I found are about $40 each, which seems pretty steep to me. Are less expensive aftermarket springs available, and if so, where could I find them (in the USA)? I don't really want to put $80 into something as minor as the fork springs, but I also don't want to have an unsafe bike.
If I am not mistaken Race Tech, (Corona, Calif), might have some that will work. I know Progressive suspension, (Hespiria, Calif), makes a set. Talk to either of their tech departments, they are very helpful with info. Good luck.
As said before by Walkabout: replace all seals and oil (do a good clean before using some fresh oil, that u will throw away, to remove all the dirt!). Then test the fork.
Good thing will be if you find out from your documents your exact model: 3AJ, 1VJ, 2KF etc, we will try to help you to check what is the correct minimum spring size.
Thanks for all the help so far. I agree, $80 isn't much to pay for a safe bike, but I certainly wouldn't mind if I didn't need to spend that $80. I bought the bike for $700, and I don't really want to put more than $300 into it. I have to do the fork seals, install a new speedometer gear, respoke the rear wheel, replace the rear turn signals, replace all of the little rubber pieces on the plastic and skid plate, as well as replace a bunch of other little stuff (cables and stuff). I might also have to replace the clutch, and if I end up doing all that and $80 fork springs, I'll be over my $300 budget. It's all little stuff, but it adds up quick.
You're right though, it wouldn't be difficult to replace the fork springs after I get everything else done, so I'll probably wait and see how it turns out.
I believe my bike is an '89 3AJ, but my manual is for a '90 A/AC or maybe EA/EAC (?), and it's a little different than my bike. I'm not sure what all those letters mean, or if the fork springs are the same for all the models/years.
In light of what you are doing I think it would be best to put the spring back in and check the suspension sag, after its all back together. If it too much I would be inclined to add some preload which is easy and inexpensive to do. You can use metal or plastic tubes and make up some spacers.
I can't give any advice on suspension sag for you bike. I could give you and indication if you give the length of total travel. You find loads of articles on the net.
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