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Fork seals

I just did a set of forks today and the up and coming mech. we have molded at the shop never show this so i thought i would share this little trick for your seals.
Rap the end of tube with elec. tape start just under the seat for the bushing and work to the top with some hanging over on your last pass. this kinda smooths the hard ends so you don't tear your seal as easy.
fix it right ride it fast
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Why can't I open the trunk from inside the car?

bad cable.
or detacted.
or latch jammed.
find any mech, this is childs play to all but can be tricky to recover.
one trick is the full middle of cable from side (cuts slack) then person 2 pulls lever.
see that magic?
remove lever and pull center cable, with vise grips, this can move more cable and move latch further (mech,101) and latch opens.
any shop can do this why not ask them , some will do it for free.
just to show what great guys can do in 5min work.

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how do you remove the bottom bolt on the fork tube, the one with the large allen head. It fit's up into the bottom of the tube. Which way does it turn? left hand threads or right hand?

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Most bike shops will not repair a bike more than 10 years old. Your bike is almost 40 years old. At today's repair rates it would cost around $500 to $600 for a shop to do the repair. That is probably more than the bike is worth. I searched the web and found a source for the original Honda shift forks. In round numbers they are $40 each. You should only need one fork. There is so much that should be done, all new bearings and seals, piston and rings, valve guide seals, and valves re-seated. Getting a gasket set could be a problem also. If I personally had the bike and it was really clean and nice, I would fix it up. But bear in mind, I have the tools and know how to do it in just a few hours and all it would cost me is the cost of parts. Paying the shop charges is the killer here.
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dear swedishpytho the bic engine will have to be removed and split to expose the trany. you can likely do this job yourself but is is a big job reguiring shiming the shift forks and gears .the problem is likely a worn shift fork. a repair manual is a must for this job. the cost of parts i am not sure but beside the shift fork a complete gasket set will be reguired,and since the engine will be striped down you might as well rering the engine hope this helps jim

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