Dust Wiper Seal Quick Clean and Lube
Black Electrical Tape
10mm socket hand driver tool (or 10mm socket with extension)
Small Flat Blade Screw Driver
FOX 7 wt. Suspension Fluid
1 pillow pack of FLOAT Fluid (BUY IT)
Dish soap and water
Before you start make sure the exterior of the fork is clean
and dry and the area around the dust wiper seal is also very clean.
You do not want any dirt to fall into the fork during the seal cleaning process.
Wrap the end of small
flat blade screwdriver with black electrical tape. Very important this
will help prevent scratches on upper tube in case the screw driver slips
as you try to push the seal out.
The tip of screw driver
should look like this. Fully wrapped with tape.
Cut two four-inch (100mm)
strips of black electrical tape.
Place one strip of
black tape above the dust wiper seal and directly above the little seal
lifter slot on the side of the dust wiper seal and place the other strip
of tape on the opposite side of seal and above a seal lifter slot.
Insert tape covered
tip of flat blade screw driver into seal lifter slot and push the seal
up slowing about 3mm. Be very careful. Move to opposite side and repeat.
Keep working each slot a little at a time until the seal pops up and out
of dust wiper seal gland bore.
Push the seal up about
two inches (50mm). Place a shop towel under the seal. This will keep dirt
from getting into the fork during the cleaning process.
Pour a small amount
of suspension fluid on the seal and spin the seal clockwise slowly as
you push the seal up upwards. The edge of the two tape strips will remove
small debris from under the seal lips as you spin the seal by hand. Repeat
Using a shop towel
clean off any excess oil and dirt from the upper tube. Push the dust wiper
seal to the top past the end of the tape. Remove the two strips of tape
from the upper tube. Clean the upper tube with soapy water to remove any
residue adhesive film. Clean upper tube with soapy water. Remove the shop
towel that is covering the top of the lower leg.
Pull the foam ring
up that is placed in the seal gland bore. Be careful not to scratch upper
tubes or tear the foam ring.
Clean the foam ring
with suspension fluid and a clean shop towel. Repeat as necessary until
the foam ring is clean.
Apply FLOAT Fluid to
the foam ring 1/2 of a 5cc pillow pack.
Push foam ring down
into dust wiper seal gland bore
Slide dust wiper seal
down into seal gland bore.
In most cases, you
will be able to push the seal in all the way by hand.
If you cannot push the seal in all the way by hand, use a 10mm socket driver tool (or 10mm socket with extension) and push the seal in as shown. Note: Push in a little at a time, moving the socket around the edge to various locations as you push the seal into place.
Do not push on the dust wiper outer seal lip and garter spring or damage to the seal may result.
The dust wiper seal
is now flush with top of upper tube seal gland bore.
Repeat this dust wiper cleaning procedure on the other fork leg seal.