Brilliant! Thanks Steve - good advice very much appreciated.
Hi! Might read this thread a couple of years later but I’m looking into replacing my seals. If I understand your description correctly, you should be able to take apart the golden outer fork tube from the inner silver one , just by loosening the bottom center bolt on each fork and then removing the dust seal undoing the retaining clip and with light force get the old seal out? // JakobJust replaced the leaking fork seals on my RS and this info may be of some help, first I went to my local BMW dealer and they quoted me £320 to do the job and £110 just for the seals, so its a job I can do myself and I tried to get some better aftermarket seals with no luck, after a bit of research I found that the seals are the same as the S100RR and other models with USD forks, seals for the S100RR are available for £9 a pair from Ebay and they claim to be better having a triple lip design, the job is quite easy on these Sachs forks by removing the leg and inverting it the bottom bolt can be undone and then the slider just slides out without loosing any oil, replace the seal slide it back in and tighten the bolt, refit the leg job done
Hi JakobHi! Might read this thread a couple of years later but I’m looking into replacing my seals. If I understand your description correctly, you should be able to take apart the golden outer fork tube from the inner silver one , just by loosening the bottom center bolt on each fork and then removing the dust seal undoing the retaining clip and with light force get the old seal out? // Jakob
Real OEM lists the following commonality for R1200R-LC ESA fork seals, if you're looking for aftermarket sets (the Roadster often doesn't get a mention):They are listed for an S1000RR 08-16, and my bike has ESA, the right hand fork was leaking worse than the left and there's no damper in it just a spring
Hi! thanks for the reply! Yeah I have gone through the workshop manual andcertainly you should disassemble it the right Way as you suggest! I will try and clean my seals to start of with and we will see!Hi Jakob We haven't seen Steve S for a couple of years, so he is unlikely to respond. His means of changing the seals is not something I have tried - I'll be changing mine in conjunction with a fork bearing and oil change soon, which will require full disassembly, so I figured I may as well take the opportunity. Thinking about it, though, the method makes sense, but I can't guarantee it myself. Some cautions, though:
View attachment 119985 Finally, are you sure the seals are actually worn out rather than simply dirty? Mine have done 120,000 km and I don't consider them worn out even though they have suffered episodes of minor leakage. Fork seals generall respond well to cleaning with something like a Seal Mate or Rhino tool. Simply prise the dust wiper down, clean around the seal and dust wiper (spray with WD40 or similar) then wipe between the sel and fork tube with the tool of your choice.
- Take care not to lose any oil in the process as the forks need to be disassembled to correctly set the levels. If you have already lost a significant amount, then you're up for disassembly anyway if you wish to reset the level (and change the oil if you're going to that amount of work).
- Other members have had difficulty inserting the fork tube without damaging the seal if they have already fitted the seal to the fork outer (gold tube). The BMW manual specifies placing a protective plastic bag over the fork tube, sliding all relevant parts over it, removing the bag, inserting the fork tube, then using a fork seal slide driver to work the seal and slip washer into place. I picked up a 45mm slide driver for my job, cheap one from Ali Express; I figure the dust wiper will tap/press into place.