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post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-04-2019, 10:01 AM
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I think that bottom allen(hex) plug requires is a 6mm hex (allen) extended reach socket
(easily available at Harbor Freight in a 7 piece extended metric hex socket set ~$!3.95 -
I only paid $5.99 for my set last November! )

And for that piece a PVC pipe Rocco used to seat the seals thats a piece a 1 1/2" Class 200 (thin wall) pvc pipe - NOT 1 1/2" Schedule 40 (thick wall) pvc pipe! ( it wont fit right!) - and most local Home Depot's/Lowes dont stock thin wall any more - best shot at gettin 1 1/2" Class 200 ( or CL200 - thinwall) pvc pipe is an irrigation supplier - they'll have it, probable give ya a couple feet for free...)

Tis really a pretty easy job - "It's a Beautiful Thing..."

and +1 for OEM seals/bearings only! - All Balls (Double) Thumbs Down!
Per fork oil - I've only used Honda and Belray - both good - honda recomends 10W - Rocco used 15W Belray, so did I, Oh Yea, I like the 15W, just subtly firmer and still smooth action - You gonna like the new seals, oil and ride - Nice!
https://www.amazon.com/Bel-Ray-High-.../dp/B0045LCE6S - Five Star Stuff...


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YES oil weight is critical! Oil amount is critical.
If the springs are original, BUY NEW, do the job right, new seals and springs.
If you don't, go with the heaviest fork oil you can find and hope it helps. But new springs(progressive is highly recommended) and new oil, the bike will be like a new bike to you.



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10w Belray and Progressive springs for all Shadows!




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were is the best place to get the springs? I see Partzilla doen't show them available.

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As mentioned, Oil amount/capacity is Critical, ya need to know your specific yr/model capacity & level. To that end ya gotta get your specific OEM service manual, thats easy...
Goto: Shadow VLX 600 Service Manuals - VT600VLX.com
, open and save your 88-89 91-96 service manual pdf on your computer! (links have a way of disappearing) -

Now your 93 is a strange bird! Lotsa changes in those yrs - make sure your bike really is a 1993 per your serial# and label on the bike! Fork level and capacity is diff thru those yrs! - and even diff levels/capacities for each side! - Plus there's this thing called a leaf valve that only goes in left side fork on pre 94's - See the Attachments...
And research indicates that some late 93's are really 94 models, and some 94's are really late 93 models! - depending on shipment and delivery in the US. Oh Yea! See there's this guy mamed Murphy that's alive and well: and Murphy's Law states: "If there's something that can go wrong , it probably will". Like per your 93 - "Model year MisMatch" is possible...

Now, the bad part is: perhaps I spoke too soon per Roccos Fork vid being representative of most Shadow's fork seal repair and the job being easy... - Ya might wanta reconsider lettin honda or someone else do the job rather than gettin into possible unknowns...

But the good is: ya got the whole complete 88 thru 96 OEM Vt600c service pdf that got all specs and detailed removal, disassembly and assembly of everything for your bike - including front suspension and forks! Ya might wanta read around Section/pages 12.16 Fork Assembly and procedures...
It aint all that diff from Rocco's vid - check it out and see what ya think...
Another good thing, just 1 liter(33.8oz) of fork oil will still do ya (but ya cant spill any at all!)

Hey, It'll be an Adventure, but ya got the guide book and OEM Bible...
Whatcha Think?
(What's a Leaf Valve? - guess ya gotta get inside to find out - edit: OK I looked it up -"A leaf valve is a one-way valve (check valve) consisting of a diagonal obstruction with an opening covered by a hinged flap." - huh, Why on just one side" - An Adventure for sure... )

Since your a DieselDoc perhaps ya use/know some better wrenching gloves, but i've been using these lately while wrenchin, Good gloves, Tuff, Good sensitivity, can last many days and jobs - https://www.harborfreight.com/7-mil-nitrile-powder-free-gloves-50-pc-large-68505.html
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I was watching some youtube videos and found one had a guy who left the forks mounted to the wheel and removed and replaced the seals without tearing down the forks.

Has anyone else tried this?

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Front Progressive springs, 11-1129.

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So, I started this project and found the previous owner broke one of the bottom pinch bolts off and used the bolt cover to hide it. So now, I get to deal with that.

Also the hex plug at the bottom of the fork seems to just spin with the internals. Is it safe to use an impact to try to break it loose?

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Also the hex plug at the bottom of the fork seems to just spin with the internals. Is it safe to use an impact to try to break it loose?
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Yes, use the impact. If that doesn't work you might have to compress the fork and use the impact.
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I am reassembling a fork. I have not added oil since it has not been delivered yet. I wanted to put the fork cap back on to keep the internals clean but it is very hard to compress the spring far enough.

Is this normal since there is no oil in the fork or did I do something wrong?


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