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I should know this...

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' started by hornet, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. This afternoon I noticed a slight weep from my left front fork seal. A search of the interweb, including flea-bay, turned up only an after-market replacement, in England, for $35 a pair, not counting freight :shock:.

    I've been planning to do up the front end anyway, but I need to know from what particular model/year the 16" front end of the '98 Hornet was borrowed..... I want to replace the springs as well.

  2. For that money, you've almost got enough to go to your Honda shop and get the proper ones and dust seals too. If you want to be stingy, pull it apart, get the seal out, take it to your local bearings+oil seals shop, and have them match it. It may not be as good a seal but it will be cheaper.

    Knowing Hondas though, they're probably a wierd size and you may end up going to your bike shop anyway.
  3. In my experience, the bike-shop component will be either identical but 3 x the price, or will be inferior to anything sold for industry (and still 3 x the price).

    A bearing factor should always be your first port of call for bearings and seals, particularly if you can pass yourself off as "trade". Greasy overalls and a white ute help :grin: .
  4. Sometimes the seals are the same, I've never come across a worse one, but I have found that with some bikes (eg some Kawasakis) the genuine seal is a triple-lip extra long life one (instead of a single lip one). I'm interested to know which ones you've found are inferior as genuine parts :shock:
  5. I was speaking generally rather than specifically about fork seals.

    A couple of instances spring immediately to mind. There was one occasion when a bike shop attempted to sell me crappy Chinese No-Namo bearings as OEM wheel bearings (admittedly that was down to the shop and not the bike manufacturer) at a serious price premium over the SKFs that I ended up buying from a bearing factor.

    The second is the generic subject of brake lines. Crappy factory rubber lines that cost multiples of the price of Goodridge (or whatever) braideds (which I'll admit aren't industrial gear) or significantly more than a set of lines made up to order by an industrial hose specialist (which I'll admit I've not had done for 15 years and never in Oz).

    I'm not counting my experience with Eastern Bloc strokers where the more western or Japanese components you can fit, the better :grin: .
  6. Yes, given the bling factor of braided hoses I'm surprised OEM manufacturers don't fit them. I guess rubber type is cheaper to them than braided.