Hey everyone, I sold my 02 forks to PDX_Luda in an effort to try and help him out. Unbeknownst to both of us, one of the forks left a wet spot when compressed after the deal was said and done. I know the forks worked great when I swapped them out for the F4i forks and the stockers were stored for over a year.
My question is: could the dust seal have gone bad from lack of use? Is it the dust seal itself that needs to be replaced? Is it possible to clean out the seal to see if something is letting the oil past the seal? is it possible the oil is bad and has turned to crap which in effect is able to seep past the dust seal? What about the other fork?
If the dust seal itself needs to be replaced, is it worthwhile to just replace the seal itself or is a full rebuild needed? PDX_Luda bought my forks in an attempt to avoid having to rebuild his. if its just the dust seal then I'd like to cover the dust seal and get it installed so he doesn't have to rebuild his forks.
The other option of course that I offered him was a full refund and he rebuild his forks which defeats the purpose in the first place
Ah crap, guess I misunderstood you on the pricing. Thought it was $135 per fork and had to be rebuilt due to riding with the seals blown for so long there were internal damage. If its $135 for both, then its a no brainer for me. I'll just not take the $$ and that way you can get your forks rebuilt.
Sorry dude, I tried to help. We'll figure out how to get the forks back and what not. Looks like that settles it, which is a bummer since it was a waste of time for the both of us At least we got to finally meet and what not. Keep me posted and we'll get it all figured out.
Too bad it didn't work out, but big props to PV for making things right. I heard a trick on another forum was to wrap a piece of 35mm film round the fork and slip it under the seal. That may clean of any debris that may be preventing a good seal.
My right fork started leaking last week, and in preference to tearing them down (never do just one) I tried the cleaning procedure outlined above using a piece of soda bottle shaped appropriately without expecting it to work. This is one case where I was glad to be wrong! It worked like a charm and only took about 10 minutes.
My advice is to try this before spending a bundle having the seals replaced at a dealership or doing it yourself.
Add me to the list of people this has worked for. I didn't think it would work. A couple of months ago I rebuilt my forks. New seals. Almost immediately I noticed the left fork tube was "wet" after every ride. Sort of got worse over time with some drops of oil now running off dust seal. Thinking I was going to have to tear fork down, I gave this method a go. I used a drink bottle. Cleaned the seal. No more leaks. Thanks wrist twisters.