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    Murray, you're the man. I'll PM you, but I'd like to contribute a little more than just postage.

    Bob, I just don't have the equipment or the experience to drill out the bolt, nor are there any local machine shops that are willing to do it for a reasonable price...and I have a lot more time than I have money.

    I'm sorry that this has taken so much of everyone's time for such a simple thing.
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    So ship it to Murray. That way it will be done right and when you do it again in 2-3 years the bolt won't be seized.

    BTW: If you were close to me I would have told you to bring it here but I'm not and the cost of mailing it across the border twice would be ridiculous. On the other hand mailing it to Murray shouldn't cost much...
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    Somehow I missed that line in AG's post.....
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    Ok, well on the bright side, the disassembly of my other fork went relatively smoothly. However, I noticed that the fork seals that I bought on eBay (which said they were for a CX500) are not quite the same as the one I popped out of my fork today. They have very small metal rings (possibly springs?) visible on both sides, and are of slightly larger diameter than the old seal. Here're some pictures:

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    Do you think those will work fine despite their slight differences from the originals?
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    At a glance they look like 35mm seals and not 33mm. I could be wrong. Someone will surely chime in. Can you measure them?
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    I looked back at the listing where I bought them...it was for 1981/1982 CX500Cs. Whoops...That's what I get for not reading carefully.
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    Yeah .... you'll need the right size.

    The double sided ones work OK but I much prefer the single sided design.

    My fitting tool fits them better and tends to fall into the groove in the double sided ones.

    If you grind the rubber from the periphery of the old seal it can be placed on top of the new seal as a face for your driver. It can than be pulled back out with the rubber gone after driving in the new seal as it now has a little clearance.

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    Just to follow up -- I successfully rebuilt the fork that I was able to get the bottom bolt out of. I sent Murray the other one, which it turns out I'd jammed (I'm not sure how, since the only thing on it I messed with was the seal), and he very generously sent me a new one for the cost of shipping. I'm working on rebuilding that one, and I had to put it in boiling water for ~15 minutes to get the old seal out...now I'm trying to put the new seal in, and I can't get it seated in far enough. I've been hitting it with a slide hammer (with the old seal acting as a buffer) for 15 minutes and it's refusing to go down any farther. Do I need to shave the old seal? I was able to do the first fork without doing that.

    Thanks again to Murray and everyone else who's helped me with this.
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    Can you get tge seal out and make sure there is nothing Hiding under it Holding the seal up
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