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Both of my fork seals are blown and I need to fix that before it’s roadworthy, anybody know a good place to find them? I found some on eBay that said they would fit, but they named a ton of different bikes and it sketched me out. Mine is a 1980 CX500 Custom, if that makes a difference.


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I just replaced mine last week on my GL500. Bought Honda OEM seals through Bike Bandit on-line. Worked out great, no more leaks. Only the right seal was leaking but I replaced both.

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The most reliable way of finding stuff that'll fit is generally to go by the part number - here's how:


I usually buy from Partzilla once I have the correct part number.
 

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When these bikes were made just about all Hondas and most other Japanese bikes came with Showa suspension components (I'm not sure when they started making forks for HD & others too), with their standard designs tweaked for the various makes & models by using different springs, changing the caliper or fender mounting points of including fork braces.

Because of that the seals tend to be standard parts that will fit a lot of bikes. The list Mike posted only mentions Hondas (I wouldn't be surprised if there were more than that) but I'm sure the same seals will fit a lot of Kawasakis, Suzukis and Yamahas too and maybe even some bikes from smaller manufacturers in other parts of the world.

The last time I replaced the seals in mine I ordered them on eBay by dimensions and ordered the search by "Price + shipping: lowest first". They work just as well as any of the seals I've ordered from dealers for any specific model over the years.

BTW: Welcome to the forum. Please add your location to your profile and your bike's model and model year (NOT year first registered) to your signature so that you don't have to remember to tell us every time and we don't have to keep asking when you forget.

And welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike has had 40 years of Previous Owners who may or may not have done the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage. I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. Check the date codes on your tires and replace them if they are over 5 years old no matter how good they look & feel because old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet. If your bike still has the original rubber brake line(s) (should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes = 5 or 6 years) I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid).
 
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