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82 honda sabre fork seal replacement

I am looking for a manual or just some guidance on fork seal replacement for these Showa forks on my 82 V45 750 Honda Sabre. I am pretty good mechanically and really just feel like taking them apart without a manual. I have never had a manual for anything I have taken apart. The only thing i am worried about is if I need a special tool to take them apart, and some bolt torque settings, if any. I don't need really long wrench or something, right?
I know the amount of fork oil needed.
Also, does anyone know where the fuel filter is? There is no inline filter.....is it in the tank? Or by the carbs. I can't see it.

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No special tools other than maybe an air-impact whench to remove the Allen bolts in the bottom of the fork sliders. These hold the botom of the metering rods into the forks and will spin if you don't have Honda's special tool which fits down the inside of the fork tube. Air wrench spins them off no problem.

V65 Sabre has fule filter behind battery and fule shutoff valve under seat.

Loosen upper triple-clamp pinch bolt before trying to remove fork cap.

Drain oil out of fork, then remove axle and access the metering rod holder bolt at the bottom inside the area whre the axles goes. Use an air wrench and appropriate Allen bit.

Remove fork cap, being careful of the spring pressure.

Remove fork from bike and take out spring and metering rod. Pry dust seal out of fork slider and use snap-ring pliers to remove retainer from beneath dust seal. Use fork tube to hammer seal and slider bushing out of fork slider.

Replace seal and use old seal to cushion it. Make a fork seal driver from split PVC pipe and hammer seal and slider bushing back in. Remove old seal and replace retainer clip. Install dust seal.

Reinstall on bike and install spring. With bike properly supported, stand on pegs and use ratchet, extension and socket to apply pressure to spring and thread cap carefully onto top of fork tube. Reinstall metering rod holder bolt in bottom of fork using thread-locker and air-wrench. Don't over-tighten; just ue high speed to conteract tendency of metering rod to spin inside slider.

Remove fork cap again and fill to appropriate level with 5 weight fork oil (Pro Honda SS-7 or equivalent). Use turkey-baster to remove excess oil to proper level (5 1/2 to 7 inches fully compressed depending on damping quality desired).

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Bad Idea! See My Posting For The Kawasaki KZ. Unless You Have Hydraulic Seal Training And Expensive Seal Pullers And Drivers Laying Around Don't Mess With It. Very Expensive. Anyone Reading These Postings Should Reconsider Any Attempt To Disassemble These Forks. They Are Very Complicated.

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What is the proper fork oil level?

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