ALBANY VINTAGE & CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE CLUB
Tricks of the Trade: Removing Oil Seals
By Colin White
Check out the removal of fork and case seals with a round shaft flat-bladed screwdriver. Imagine you're at home doing fork seals with no vice, laying the alloy fork leg down, levering the seal out and putting two score marks in the machined surface of the alloy.
This is not good.
With pressure build up oil can find its way past these
scratches. Use a flat round-nosed tool like a tyre lever
or even make one out of a piece of flat bar. Make sure
that there are no sharp edges and if you see score marks
in the housing put some silicone gasket goo in the area
before the new seal goes in. This will ensure that the
oil stays inside.