I was at the shop today getting a new tire, and I have had a small leak from my left fork seal. I asked how much it would be to have them replaced. He offered a different option which if it works, sounds a lot better than replacing them. He told me about using a tool he had to basically clean the dirt and what have you out of the seals and return them to their original form essentially repairing them. His price was incredibly outrageous for the service in my opinion. I could buy all the tools and replace the seals myself and still have money left over. He was charging around 250 to clean the seals on both forks. I found this tool on ebay anywhere from 5.99 to 20.00. I was just wondering if anyone has used these with any sucess. He is usually pretty knowledgeable about bikes, even though prices are high, I trust his judgement. I just wondered what you guys thought. Honestly for 20 bucks and not having to pull the forks apart and replace the seals, it seems worth it to me. Just let me know what you guys think! And if these particular ones are crap, please point me in the direction of a decent one. Honestly though they all seem pretty basic and similar in design. I'll post the two I was looking at.
In the title this one says for dirt bikes, but if you read in the description, it says for all types.
And this is a different design, but still along the same lines as the other. Honestly I could probably make something that would serve the same purpose.
Video For The Sealtech Product
This is the one I am really leaning towards, it looks to be the more advanced tool.
And lastly this is similar to the one I was thinking of getting, and it has a little video to describe the process of use.
And here is the video for it...
Thanks In Advance For Your Help!
And I am pretty sure my seals have this problem. I have done visual inspections on them, and they seem to be in decent shape from what I can see, and the fork tubes are in perfect condition. I know that the previous owner had the seals (or so he said when I purchased the bike) at 13k miles, and the bike now has around 16.5k. So I am pretty sure that they are still in good shape!