SKF produces seals for many high-end suspension forks and now has an extensive catalogue of aftermarket wiper seals to help get your fork working as well — or maybe better — than the day it left the factory.
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They’re available to fit a wide range of forks from Fox, RockShox, DT Swiss, Marzocchi and more, and will cost in the region of £25 / €25 / $29 a set.
Seal replacement is a necessary part of a regular servicing, but these are claimed to offer a performance upgrade (for some forks) too.
They use a “self-lubricating compound”, and are built to minimise friction while offering good sealing. The kits contain wiper seals, pre-impregnated foam o-rings, and crush washers. You’ll also need the required oil and sockets for your fork to complete a lower-leg service
Interestingly, RockShox’s high-end Lyrik and Pike forks use SKF seals as stock, while the Yari and Revelation do not. So these seals could offer an upgrade for a Yari or Revelation.
Now, I’ve not had chance to test a Yari or Revelation with these seals installed, so cannot comment on how much (if at all) they might improve performance relative to the stock unit, but if your fork needs a service anyway, it’s nice to know it’s getting higher-quality seals at the same time.
Don’t expect these seals to make your Yari perform like a Lyrik though; the main difference is in the damper. To find out more, visit SKF.