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HydraGlide Forks

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Post by Bigincher » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:24 pm

I need to rebuild a couple sets of HydraGlide forks pretty soon.
I see two seal kits offered by James--- one has the felt washers like OEM, and the other has a steel spacer.
Supposedly the kit with the steel spacer is better than the original felt washer style.
Anyone have any input on this subject..?

Thanks in Advance...



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Re: HydraGlide Forks

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Post by RUBONE » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:52 am

Bigincher,
Cannot say from experience on the steel spacer type on an early fork, however looking at the kit it appears to have a double lip seal in it rather than the thin single lip like the original. The double lip style are used stock on the '78 and later style forks and work really well on them. Should seal better!
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Re: HydraGlide Forks

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Post by Bigincher » Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:12 am

Thanks Robbie..!
One of the fork sets I have had the double-lip seals in it, and the other set had the old felt washers with the single-lip seals.
I was just looking for some input as to what other peoples experience is with each type.
I guess I'll use one of each and I'll be a test bed..!
But my instinct is to use the felt washer and single-lip seal.....

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Re: HydraGlide Forks

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Post by caschnd1 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:29 am

I put new bushings in my fork legs about a year ago. New fork tubes from Forking By Frank. I went with the double lip seal. This is the longest I've gone without a fork seal leak. Hard to say if it was because of the need for bushings, the new fork tubes or the double lip seals. Probaly a little of everything.

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Re: HydraGlide Forks

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Post by Bigincher » Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:31 am

Thanks very much for the input, caschnd1...!
Much appreciated.

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Re: HydraGlide Forks

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Post by indianut » Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:36 am

A Single Lip Seal keeps grease in. A Double Lip Seal keeps grease in and dirt out. That is the Only Difference.

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Re: HydraGlide Forks

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Post by Panacea » Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:42 am

Probably not even noticeable on these old machines, but I did notice some "sticktion" on my glide forks using the seals with the felts. They seem to drag on the tubes a bit. I don't know why the felts would be needed, especially with the upper tubes concealed within the slider covers keeping them clear of bugs and dirt, the enemies of the fork seal...

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Re: HydraGlide Forks

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Post by Bigincher » Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:52 am

Danny, Mike.... thanks for the input...!

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