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washer (Figure 13) on the end ofthe fork
tube. A-frer removing the clip, you will
have to slam the tube and slider apart
repeatedly, removing the slider's
anti-.friction bushing, washer and oil
seal ,from the slider as the tube comes
9. Remove the damper rod and rebound
spring. The damper rod base will probably be
at the bottom of the fork slider.
10. On models whose oil seal retainer is a
smooth wire circlip with several indentations
(Figure 12). remove the fork seals by prying the
circlip from the top of the slider and then
pulling out the oil seals.
It may be necessary to slightly heat the
area on the slider around the oil seal
prior to removal. Be careful not to
damage the top of the slider.
Thoroughly clean all parts in solvent and
dry. Check the fork tube for signs of wear or
scratches that would damage the oil seal.
Inspect the fork tube and slider anti-friction
bushings (Figure 13). if so equipped. Install
new bushings if damaged.
3. Check the damper rod for straightness
(Figure 14). If bent. install a new rod.
4. Carefully check the piston ring for wear or
damage (Figure 15).
5. Inspect the oil seals and dust cap for scoring,
nicks and loss of resiliency. Replace if the
condition is questionable.
6. Check the O-ring on the top plug and install
a new one if damaged.
7. Check the upper fork tube for straightness.
If bent or severely scratched, it should be
8. Check the lower slider for dents or exterior
damage that may cause the upper fork tube to
drag when riding. Replace it if necessary.
9. Measure fork spring free length. Replace the
spring if shorter than specified in Table 1.
Compare the left a n d right fork spring
measurements. Replace them both if one is
much shorter than the other.
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