For years I have put off buying a seal puller. I don’t know why, I just never quite got around to buying one.
On a modern dirt bike it is a seldom used tool. I have always found a way to work around it, but the results are often embarrassingly ugly too. Frankly, for most seals, a tire iron, screw driver or anything pointy will often suffice. But there is one common job I do that cannot be accomplished well with any of those, the countershaft seal.
On my fleet of RFS bikes, it is a common job. The seal behind the sprocket goes out regularly. In fact, I have one creating a mess on the garage floor awaiting my attention as we speak. On the newer models, the seals almost never go bad. The newer design seals better and seems more durable.
I said they “almost” never go bad. Last week in Baja I had a sort of freak mishap. I ran over some fishing line in a trash area near San Quintin. The fishing line got caught behind the sprocket. The result was that it wound around the countershaft like a spool and bobbin. A one in a million chance. It instantly destroyed the lip of the seal and oil was everywhere.
Back home I ordered the needed parts and decided it was time to buck up for a seal puller too. The one you see here is the first one that came up on Amazon, the Lisle Seal Pull part #56750 for about $10. It arrived in two days, just as the parts did. It literally took me 10 seconds to pull the damaged seal from the case, no fuss and no mess. Why didn’t I do this years ago?
For my money, it paid for itself in one job. I am not sure right off what other places I will find to use it. Not for wheel seals, for those I use my largest tire iron,it lets me remove them without any damage so they can be used again.