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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-03-2019, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Fork Seals

Its time for fork seals on my 93 VT600C. Is it worth it to have a shop do it or easy enough to do on your own?

Also, does anyone know a part number so I can find them online?


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Google this.... 1993 VT600C fork seals

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Is this a hard job?

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Is this a hard job?

What did you think of the videos showing how to do it?
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51490-MR1-671 for the set of seals.
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That Vid is OK, but it aint even for a Honda Shadow.... Check these included Vids...
Here a cut from a previous post specific for Honda Shadows, its for a VT750 but your Honda VT600 wont be much diff if not almost exactly the same - Hey Its a Honda... and Two Wheel Rocco's Shadow Replace Fork Seals VID is the Greatest! It aint a dufficlut job at All...

I just did my fork seals (exactly like Rocco) for <$30 ($12 - 2 OEM forkseal & dustcover kits, + 1 liter Belray 15W fork fluid, all shipped to my door!)
And while I was doin the forks and had the calliper removed from the forkk I totally cleaned, inspected the caliper and and changed the brake fluid.
Not a tuff job at all (and from what i've read there only one o-ring in the caliper that can leak![and it's easy to replace])

Two Wheel Rocco! - he makes the job so simple - It's a beautiful thing...
(*and use a 1 1/2" Thin wall PVC pipe instead of the PVC pipe part# referenced in the vid!)
Part 1:
Part2:
Two Wheel Rocco, the absolute best vid i've watched on fork seaks!
All others i've watched (including my local honda shop), get the fork off, and wrestle it around on a bench, have trouble with the bottom bolt, clamp it, impact it, need special tools and make a simple job a real chore!
Now the secret to the whole job is:
As soon as ya get the front wheel off (while the fork is still champed int the triple tree) - reach up into the bottom of the fork with your extended hex socket and POP THAT BOTTOM BOLT LOOSE! while it's still clamped in the top tree - and its all down hill after that!
(and ya never have to wrestle that fork around on bench or floor!)
(and always work on the fork in a Bucket! No mess!)

Hey, if your any kind a wrench , and follow Rocco's vid - It's easy and a Beautiful Thing... (ya gotta watch the Vid to understand: Its a Beautiful Thing)

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Thanks for the links guys. I have the seals kits on order and should be at my door tomorrow. Looks like I will be doing some learning this weekend.

Does anyone know what size allen bolt is on the bottom of the fork?

@KaBob Iv'e been wrenching professionally on diesels for 20+ years. The wrenching part is not an issue at all but.......I'm new to wrenching on bikes.

Should be interesting.

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OEM seals! All Ball brand aren't as good quality as OEM.




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I ordered the Honda part # 51490-MR1-671 from Partzilla.

Also, does it matter which fork oil I use?

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Does anyone know what size allen bolt is on the bottom of the fork?
On my 02 Ace it's a 6mm.
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