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post #1 of 10 Old 07-08-2018, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Fork seal leaking- can I still ride it?

About an hour from Cherokee NC I discovered my right fork seal is leaking despite no visible cracks in the seal. Tomorrow I take off for three days on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I know I need to replace them as the bike is 11 years old and it’s leaking. But my question is - can it wait a few days until I get back to Atlanta? Or do I need to layover a day here and get it fixed ASAP?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-08-2018, 03:42 PM
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About an hour from Cherokee NC I discovered my right fork seal is leaking despite no visible cracks in the seal. Tomorrow I take off for three days on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I know I need to replace them as the bike is 11 years old and its leaking. But my question is - can it wait a few days until I get back to Atlanta? Or do I need to layover a day here and get it fixed ASAP?

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Unless it is leaking so badly that between fuel stops it's dribbling down the fork leg, take care of it when you get home.
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Try this.
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I made one out of a soft drink bottle.

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I made one out of a soft drink bottle.
For sure, as long as Supernintendo realizes he needs to pull out the dust seal in order to get at the hydraulic seal in order to use the special tool.

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I made one out of a soft drink bottle.
For sure, as long as Supernintendo realizes he needs to pull out the dust seal in order to get at the hydraulic seal in order to use the special tool.
I did not realize that but I do now. Thanks. I’ll try and make a tool like that sealmate in the morning. But if the leaking doesn’t stop... I guess I just keep riding and try and keep it from leaking on the brakes or tires.

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I ran mine for about 6 months with a leak. It got to the point where it was dripping down the fork and it can get on the brakes. I didn't ride long distance and paid attention to the leak.

If it's actually leaking down the fork towards the brake in one day after a full cleaning, I'd take it down now. I didn't have the option at the time and it was about a week to get down the forks.

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I have a WR250R. One of the seals wept a bit, like yours. I used 35mm film trick. It worked.

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I had a much worse leak than that that I discovered 250 miles into my Iron Butt a few years ago... As said above as long as it's not leaking enough to drip down onto the brakes between stops you shouldn't have any major problems. I cleaned mine with the seal mate when I got home and rode for another couple years before it actually needed to be replaced.

That being said, I should have just replaced them when I got home after seeing how easy they are to do and how bad the fluid was that was in them.

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I had a dripping leak that got "fixed" till the end of the season with the soft drink tool method. This might work until you get the time to fix it for real.

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How did you go Super? The soft drink tool I made sort of had sharp edges after cutting it out. I used some fine sand paper to smooth and bevel the edges. I don't even think there was dirt/crap under my seal. It was a brand new seal just assembled. Me thinks maybe the seal lip had not seated properly. It was just a little leak, a few drops after an hours ride but a leak nonetheless. Seemed to be getting worse with every ride.

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