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Z1000 Fork Oil Leak. What is involved in changing the fork seals?

This is a discussion on Z1000 Fork Oil Leak. What is involved in changing the fork seals? within the Z1K/Z750 Maintenance forums, part of the Kawasaki Z1000, Ninja 1000, Z750 & Z-750S category; So my drivers side fork tube puked up all of it's oil the other day.. I read somewhere that you can change the fork seals ...

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    Z1000 Fork Oil Leak. What is involved in changing the fork seals?

    So my drivers side fork tube puked up all of it's oil the other day.. I read somewhere that you can change the fork seals without taking the fork apart but I am not really sure how that is possible..

    Anyway, what do I need to do to change the fork seals? I am mechanically inclined but just want to know if it would be worth it to do this myself or save my time by having a shop do it. I guess if someone has done it and could tell me what is required and how long it took that would help me decide what to do.

    By the way, the seal went at 5000 miles. Ridden hard some..
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    I can't change seals without taking the fork apart. I have not rebuilt the Z forks but upsidedownies need to be stripped, convemtional forks can be done with a bit of butchery.
    I bet you will need some special tools to get them apart. Probably easiest to strip them off the bike and take them to a Kawasaki dealer, this will reduce a lot of expensive labor.
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    You can do it without removing the cartridge, but you still have to split the male and female tubes to pull the seal out. Tools you will need a spring compressor, seal driver, wrenches, oil level guage, screwdriver (flat head), and a heat gun will make things easier but not necessary.
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