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Parts difference (2015 S) is only $66 ($190 vs. $256), and it looks like most of the labor is just getting everything apart. I don't know if the internal bits wear (maybe they don't) but one of the parts in the overhaul kit is the dust seal and that definitely does over time.
 

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Does the overhaul include the bushings? The coating can wear over time. The dust seals may get cracked, but they tend to still do a half-way decent job.
 

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One reason might be that you enjoy doing it because you will most likely have to take it all apart again in a few months to replace the bushings you skipped the first time.
 

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I recommend doing the full overhaul. I replaced the seals in my 1198SP Ohlins forks twice chasing a bit of seeping oil. The last time I said screw it and did the full overhaul, (done by a certified Ohlins tech) which includes full disassembly/cleaning of shim stacks metering orifices, and replace the slider bushings. The forks performed better than when the bike new off showroom floor with no seeping. Yes, do the full overhaul.
It seems that if you ride the bike pretty hard and work the forks heavily, the bushings do wear ever so slightly. Just a few extra thousandths of flex at the bushing will result in some oil seeping under load and less precise feel for the front tire. I'm a firm believer in replacing the bushings every major service.
 

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Exactly what I figured and yes the kit includes bushings.
 

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Any guides anywhere on doing the full service? I’ve only seen one fairly rough video of servicing the forks. Can’t say I trust the local shop to do it. It’s diy or send to fork specialist. Prefer diy and I need to do mine before long.
 

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grab the shop manual (there's a dl link available on a thread somewhere for 1200 sach's... not sure about the 1260 ohlin's)... it walks you through it (though after reviewing it for my S I decided I'm going to drop the forks at a dealer).
 

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Our dealer has a lot of turnover in the shop. Just because you went to 2 day Ducati camp (or even a week) doesn’t inspire my confidence. And for jobs that take time and special care I always worry about the guy who’s paycheck is based on the amount of work he does. I’d at least want to know the tech had done several. But I realize everyone can’t diy or won’t want to. I’ve got the manual. Will have a look.
 

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I ‘average’ 16,000+ miles/year, so I get my suspension service every year by a local Ohlin guy. I replace seals yearly, dust seals have been done several times, and the bushings have been replaced. My Ohlin guy has cleaned up the fork tubes several times, but they are showing enough wear that I may need to replace them (bike has 110,000 miles).
 

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You’ll likely spend as much buying the special tools as you would sending them to a pro shop. That’s definitely what I would do.
 

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So my shop has had the same trained Duc. Tech for the 5 years I've owned the bike, so I kick them the support for items like this. I'm heading south on Monday and so I'll stop in and schedule the service for when I get back as long as it's not TOO crazy expensive (I'm guessing $600'ish is reasonable - 3-4 hours for both plus parts).

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@shorton send them to Ducshop. Mark will take good care of them for a reasonable price.
 

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I think bushings on a street bike are a pretty low wear item. Replacing dust seals when replacing fork seals is a good idea to reduce internal wear. I ”feel “mine when the forks are apart for smooth action . You can see the upper ones. If I can’t see wear, and I can’t feel wear, I leave them alone. My observation is that forks break in over time. Why would I want to start over ?
 

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Guess I can see the future because now I’m down at VIR and I rode a fair amount of dirt on the way... and my left fork decided to start leaking pretty significantly. Must have picked up dirt or something
 

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I very rarely ride dirt on the multi or I’d have them... my Tiger has them and they work well.
 

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I recommend doing the full overhaul. I replaced the seals in my 1198SP Ohlins forks twice chasing a bit of seeping oil. The last time I said screw it and did the full overhaul, (done by a certified Ohlins tech) which includes full disassembly/cleaning of shim stacks metering orifices, and replace the slider bushings. The forks performed better than when the bike new off showroom floor with no seeping. Yes, do the full overhaul.
It seems that if you ride the bike pretty hard and work the forks heavily, the bushings do wear ever so slightly. Just a few extra thousandths of flex at the bushing will result in some oil seeping under load and less precise feel for the front tire. I'm a firm believer in replacing the bushings every major service.
Agree. I had it done with the DVT full service and it was night and day. Most of the labor is a sunk cost, add the bushings since DaveK mileage is likely significant wear.
 
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