Last time I went out on the bike, I made a mistake which has cost me a fork\nseal. I didn't knock the ice from the stanchions. One seal has ruptured. I\ndon't like replacing one seal, as you can guarantee 10 miles later the other\nbugger will burst.\nI have found in my pile of bits a pair of seals I bought 10 years ago ( ish\n) for doing a mates Pan. I thought they were priced singly, ordered a pair\nand ended up with two pairs. They are the same size as the ones in the\nBandit, 41/53/8 ( well, the bandit needs 41/53/9.5, but a shim under the\nlocating ring will do ).\nThey're Vesrah seals. They've been kept in the box, indoors. What odds would\nyou place on me replacing them and having the buggers fail due to hardening\nof the seal lip, and would soaking them in fork oil for a day or so before\nfitting be beneficial, make no difference, or cause them to swell, thus\nwinding up with me rupturing them during fitting.\nI have an idea that soaking them would help, they'd be OK, and I'm\nneedlessly whittling. After head bearings, fork seals are my least favourite\njob on the bike. Money is an issue at the moment.