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Leaking fork seal

Right fork seal leaking- enough it drips on ground. Should I replace both sides at same time? What parts should I order? I have climer manual. Or is this really a shop job?

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Yes replace them both to much labor to take a chance i would take it to a shop lots of little pcs that can be lost

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