How to Change Fork Seals on a Honda Nighthawk

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If the front forks go out on your Honda Nighthawk, you can sustain significant damage to yourself and the bike. It can be time consuming and costly to bring your bike to the Honda shop and have them replace the fork seals; instead, you can replace the fork seals on your bike at home on your own time.

Things You'll Need

  • Motorcycle jack
  • Crescent wrench
  • Hammer
  • Oil pan
  • Screwdriver
  • New fork seals
  • Remove the front tire with the crescent wrench and set aside. Remove the nut and axle bolt from the tier and use the hammer to remove the axle bolt from the forks.

  • Remove the securing bolt at the top of the fork on the handle bars. Slide the forks out of the fittings.

  • Place the forks into the oil pan, bottom down, and remove the oil nut. Let the forks drain for ten minutes into the oil pan.

  • Tighten the oil nuts and remove the seal from the fork fitting with a screwdriver. Slide the seal off the fork.

  • Apply oil around the inside of the seal. Slide the seal onto the fork and press into the fitting tightly.

  • Replace the oil in the fork following the manufacturer's recommendation.

  • Replace the forks and the tire following the steps above in reverse order.

References

  • “How To Get Your Motorcycle Up and Running - The Shop Manual For All Years Makes and Models”; Leigh & Randy Ellis; 2003
  • "Motorcycling For Dummies"; Bill Kresnak; 2008
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
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