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Fork Seal Replacement estimate $365? - April 16, 2014, 11:15 AM

So one of the fork seals on my 06 R6 is leaking and I want to go ahead and get both of them serviced. I called up a local shop here in Gaithersubrg (RAM), and was quoted $365!!! Any thoughts on a better place to get the seals changed out? I'd look into doing it myself, but I don't have the fork compression tools or the drive/know-how to DIY.


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April 16, 2014, 11:24 AM

Sounds like a pretty standard charge for a dealership... I just got quotes for seal/bushings replacement and fluid for $420 on my 07 VFR from MFI in woodbridge. Woodbridge colemans quoted 350.00 just for labor so about the same price once you add in parts. Let me know if you find anyone to do it cheaper.
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April 16, 2014, 11:26 AM

I'm in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area and just did my 06 R6. I have all the tools, shoot me a PM.
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So one of the fork seals on my 06 R6 is leaking and I want to go ahead and get both of them serviced. I called up a local shop here in Gaithersubrg (RAM), and was quoted $365!!! Any thoughts on a better place to get the seals changed out? I'd look into doing it myself, but I don't have the fork compression tools or the drive/know-how to DIY.
Call Jason at Brook's Cycles, good guy if you are willing to make the drive down


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April 16, 2014, 11:47 AM

Seals, oil, labor - not really out of the ballpark given the current rates being charged by shops.

Kinda why I do all my own suspension.

You can always go to racetech and buy the book and tools to do it yourself.


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April 16, 2014, 12:02 PM

yea. Its a simple job with cheap parts, but takes a bit of time to do ... so the estimate isn't really surprising.


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April 16, 2014, 12:19 PM

if you can take your fork off it should be no more than 1.5-2 hours max


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April 16, 2014, 12:19 PM

Yeah I got a quote in the $400 range once from a non-dealer shop. Seems standard.


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April 16, 2014, 12:23 PM

If the shop is charging about $100/hour. Figure 3 hours isn't unrealistic to do it right. Then seals & oil.

Buuuuut. If you were doing a whole refresh kit. Figure $200-$300 for the parts, and even more time to do a full tear down to replace bushings, sliders, check for burs/imperfections, rescuffing the fork tube, etc.

I can do my forks in a few hours no problem. But if I'm doing a teardown, I'm refreshing everything. That means attention to details a shop won't do as it would mean time and having to explain the charge to you.

If you are wondering, go pick up the Suspension Bible from RaceTech. It's like $30. Well worth the price. I still refer back to it every time I pull suspension parts apart. Plus it will help you understand what is going on, how to tune the bike, etc.

I know. I'm traveling far afield. But you are complaining about the cost of maintenance without understanding what is involved. Now, if you understood the steps involved, tools required, fluids & parts being replaced, and how to do it....then you can more easily judge if you are getting ripped off.

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I'm in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area and just did my 06 R6. I have all the tools, shoot me a PM.
If you end up going this route Adam, hit me up and I'll come hang out if 1Bronco is cool with that. I need to do my 600rr forks. I've got a fork compressor if 1Bronco doesn't.


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my boys shop change them for about $250 I think.....

If serious enough I can ask him....

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April 16, 2014, 07:16 PM

It's an easy job and cheaper if you buy your buy tools and parts. If you need help, there are plenty of us willing to help out. The hardest part is compressing the spring which isn't all that hard. If you need help, feel free to PM me too.


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April 16, 2014, 07:25 PM

Very cool that so many of you are willing to help him. Balances out the trolling BS that we've witnessed over the past few months.


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Redlevel used to host fork oil sessions, too bad he moved...


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April 16, 2014, 09:05 PM

Is $385 on or off the bike? I know Kenny at MRP charges $150 for forks off the bike. Pulling the suspension yourself will save you a lot of money.

If you are interested in servicing the forks yourself, I'd invest in the Racetech book. It can be an advertisement sometimes, but there is a lot of good information on how the suspension works and how to service them. There are even photos!

The fancy RaceTech and Motion Pro suspension tools are expensive. If you are just doing this occasionally, I'd buy this: Cartridge Fork Tool Kit R6 R1 GSXR CBR ZX6 ZX10 Ducati Triumph Aprilia Buell | eBay. If you are a DIYer you can go even cheaper and rig up a spring compressor. You'll need PVC to drive the new seals in if you don't buy a fork seal driver.

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He did. Pretty damn informative. He gave me a one-on-one on the inner workings and servicing of forks and shock.


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