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Getting My Harley Back On The Road #5394188 04/05/20 06:45 AM
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Just did new front tire (Dunlop 401) and fork seals because a seal blew out and one of them leaked. Have the rear tire left to do and she's 100%. Will use a Dunlop 401 also. 2007 H-D Dyna Street Bob with 11,000 miles. I'm not going to be doing much riding because I'm afraid of the possibility of overwhelming the hospital if I get in a wreck. Added fork boots to keep the dirt out so maybe these seals will last a little longer. 49mm Showa forks are pretty straightforward to work on. This is my first time rebuilding motorcycle forks.

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Last edited by Silverado12; 04/05/20 06:48 AM.

12 Chevy Silverado ext. cab LS, 2WD 4.3 auto
18 Mustang GT 5.0 auto
07 Harley Dyna Street Bob 96 c.i. 6 sp.
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Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: Silverado12] #5394200 04/05/20 06:58 AM
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Very nice ride!!!

Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: Silverado12] #5394212 04/05/20 07:24 AM
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Nice bike and good judgement. I have a riding mower just like yours.


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Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: Silverado12] #5394274 04/05/20 08:42 AM
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That's a good call with the dust boots. If you ride on dusty driveways or back roads that dust will wear them out alot faster. 13 years old, but with only 11k on it, man you gotta get out and rotate the tires more.,,,

Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: BigCahuna] #5394334 04/05/20 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by BigCahuna
That's a good call with the dust boots. If you ride on dusty driveways or back roads that dust will wear them out alot faster. 13 years old, but with only 11k on it, man you gotta get out and rotate the tires more.,,,


I know. I've had two surgeries and crazy work schedule, but looking to forward to more riding time after this pandemic is over.


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18 Mustang GT 5.0 auto
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Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: Silverado12] #5394373 04/05/20 10:22 AM
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Nice. The boots give an old school look. Sometimes fork seals dry out from not being used and lubed. How about a side shot, what color is that?



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Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: Silverado12] #5394424 04/05/20 11:04 AM
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The color is Cobalt Blue. Getting ready to do the rear tire now.

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Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: Silverado12] #5394436 04/05/20 11:12 AM
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Those are bias-belted tube tires, right?


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Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: Jarlaxle] #5394546 04/05/20 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarlaxle
Those are bias-belted tube tires, right?



Yes. They are really stiff and I have my mechanic install the tire and tube. It's worth the 40 bucks.


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Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: Silverado12] #5396393 04/07/20 12:24 PM
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Finished up the bike today. New brake pads, tires, fork seals and rear brake light switch. She's 100% now. Took it for a 10 or so mile shakedown run today to seat pads and check for issues.

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Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: Silverado12] #5397192 04/08/20 09:47 AM
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Wow, bike looks great!
I consider myself handy and such, oil changes and tune ups, shocks and electrical on all my vehicles and boats my whole life.
But not comfortable or care too when it comes to shocks and steering neck service or changing tires on the bike.

Might be different if I knew someone who was an "expert' to help and teach me ... anyway, I guess in the next year or two, 3 max I will need both those items taken care of. Its cool that you do it yourself. Always hate bringing anything into a dealer for service, not even so much the cost but to know its done properly.

Im sitting here today, wondering if I work on the house or go out on the bike or a little of both.
Going to hit 87 degrees today and back to work tomorrow for 2 days.

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Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: alarmguy] #5398003 04/09/20 05:06 AM
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Originally Posted by alarmguy
Wow, bike looks great!
I consider myself handy and such, oil changes and tune ups, shocks and electrical on all my vehicles and boats my whole life.
But not comfortable or care too when it comes to shocks and steering neck service or changing tires on the bike.

Might be different if I knew someone who was an "expert' to help and teach me ... anyway, I guess in the next year or two, 3 max I will need both those items taken care of. Its cool that you do it yourself. Always hate bringing anything into a dealer for service, not even so much the cost but to know its done properly.

Im sitting here today, wondering if I work on the house or go out on the bike or a little of both.
Going to hit 87 degrees today and back to work tomorrow for 2 days.


The Harley service manual is pretty good at explaining things and there are youtube videos to walk you through the fork rebuild. It's really not that bad to do. You do need some special tools: seal driver,special socket that removes the cap on top of the fork, 12mm long allen wrench for removing the plugs at the bottom of the forks. A couple cans of Brakeclean will get all the residue out of the tubes. Mounting tires are what I can't do. It's worth the 40 bucks for the mechanic to struggle with getting those stiff tires on the rim lol. For some reason Harley tires are very stiff. I never had trouble with my dirt bikes back in the day.

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18 Mustang GT 5.0 auto
07 Harley Dyna Street Bob 96 c.i. 6 sp.
00 Mustang GT auto
Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: Silverado12] #5399127 04/10/20 09:34 AM
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Very nice! Where did you find the dust boots?

Re: Getting My Harley Back On The Road [Re: CCI] #5399909 04/11/20 05:23 AM
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Originally Posted by CCI
Very nice! Where did you find the dust boots?

They were under 20 bucks on eBay. They seem to be decent quality but we'll see.


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