I've recently ordered a set of SKF KITB-41S oil seals and dust covers for my '97 900SS carbs. Just waiting for them to arrive...
Since I've never replaced these seals myself I have been reading a lot about this job.
Still, some questions remain unanswered.
1) Front wheel removal; do I need to loosen the pinch bolts on the LHS of the fork or not? This guy (www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFpsZlRxlro
) does loosen them, this guy (Chris900ssie on this forum, post #4)
tells me not to. So, do or don't? And to understand the proces a bit better; why or why not?
2) Now that the wheel is out the proces of replacing the oil seals is clear to me. Just one question here; what's the correct orientation for the SKF seals? I don't want to mount them upside down and for as far as I know, there are no instructions included with the SKF-seals...
3) With the seals replaced I'm ready to put everything back together. Main question here: torque wrench settings. I have a copy of a workshop manual, but...
-front wheel pin set screw; are these the pinch bolt that hold the axle at the bottom of the fork? Workshop manual states 22,6+24,5Nm. Why these two values? Which one should I use?
-the bolts that hold the fork in the yokes (one big one in the top yoke, two in the bottom yoke). How are they referred to in the manual and what torque wrench setting should I use to tighten them?
4) Flushing the fork; is this recommended or not? And if I should flush the fork what fluid should I use? I've read about brake cleaner (do and don't), mineral spirit (do and don't), fork oil (do), kerosene (do and don't)... So the only way that everyone agrees to be safe is to use fresh fork oil but will fresh fork oil loosen the dirt inside the fork?
Thanks for the replies everyone, much appreciated by this self-teaching, novice Ducati mechanic!