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A65 fork seal cups? #517202
12/03/13 12:40 am
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Here's a question for the gurus- the fork seal cup on my '66 Lightning is the short type, on my '67 it is the longer type, which it correct? Or is that just part of the differences between the years?

I made a tool to fit my '66 when I rebuilt its forks. When I went to use it on my new project I found that it appeared to have shrunk!


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Re: A65 fork seal cups? [Re: Rusty Goose] #517208
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67 type is longer and uses the metal straps to hold the gaiter. The 68' gaiter has a recess for the fork ear cut into it, and a rim on the inside of the lower part ,its the big metal O thats on the 68 type fork seal holder which stops the gaiter from riding up.

AFAIK everything from A10's to pre 68 A65's should have the long oil seal holders fitted, only 68+ are different.


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Re: A65 fork seal cups? [Re: Rusty Goose] #517243
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Thanks Allan.


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Re: A65 fork seal cups? [Re: Rusty Goose] #517246
12/03/13 12:24 pm
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My 66 project has the short seal holders,don't know the part number,
does anyone sell the short type? all the ones I have seen are the long type.

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Malc

Re: A65 fork seal cups? [Re: Rusty Goose] #517248
12/03/13 12:29 pm
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Sure there is more than 2 types for heavy duty forks. I know of (because they are in the workshop) a short type with no lip or ring, long type with no lip or ring, and long with ring, no doubt there are others.

Re: A65 fork seal cups? [Re: Rusty Goose] #517251
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As Kommando says.

And, use the long style and put the fork rubbers where you want them. Typically, with the short style, the fork rubbers are stretched out farther, thus, don't last quite as long before they split.


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Re: A65 fork seal cups? [Re: Rusty Goose] #517259
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As to the splitting.....try keeping some WD/40 on the rubber boots, periodically, something in the stuff that prolongs rubber from drying out....always worked for me.


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Re: A65 fork seal cups? [Re: Rusty Goose] #517324
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WD/40 hasn't worked for me.


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Re: A65 fork seal cups? [Re: Rusty Goose] #517339
12/04/13 1:05 am
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As for the tool not reaching, you should be able to turn them down by hand or with the aid of a strap wrench. If you use a strap wrench, be sure to use it right at the bottom of the seal holder where it's strong, so as not to crush the upper hollow part.

Another good upgrade is to find O-rings that fit the groove at the bottom of the threads on the fork leg. This works way better than the prescribed "#5 cotton twine" seal, but can only be implemented before the seal holders go on.


Mark Z

'65(lower)/'66(upper, wheels, front end, controls)/'67(seat, exhaust, fuel tank, headlamp)/'70(frame) A65 Bitsa.

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