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post #1 of 9 Old 05-27-2014, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Front fork pain

Got an '07 900...a few months ago, my left fork began leaking - changed the seal, leaked again, changed the seal, leaked again - put it into the shop to have someone else do it, in case I was doing something wrong, leaked again.

Advised it may be the top section, to replace it, did so, with a new seal, now it's fkking leaked again -

I guess the next will be to replace the bottom section - bloody frustrating.

Anyone had anything similar happen with forks ?

A friend has suggested the two brackets may be mis-aligned, but the fork's've been out and refitted a number of times by different people, so I befuddled.

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-27-2014, 01:35 PM
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If anything your fork tube is pitted or bent. Either replace that, or upgrade your forks (may be the better option, as you'll get better forks for not too much more $$).

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If the tubes are round and straight with good surfaces in the sealing area, and properly mounted into the triples, it's either bad seals and/or bad install and/or excessive oil level.

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Replaced the upper fork tube with a new tube, fork fluid to manual specifications, seals have been replaced x 4 times...the above has been done by me and a friend, and in a shop...still leaking...

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Replaced the upper fork tube with a new tube, fork fluid to manual specifications, seals have been replaced x 4 times...the above has been done by me and a friend, and in a shop...still leaking...
You've covered some of the elements but not all.
In any event, if all parts are good and all elements of install are correct, then I'd have to wonder if the seals are OEM or something else such as Leakproof or fakes OEM.

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post #6 of 9 Old 05-29-2014, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Going to try OEM seals - although the one's I've used've been okay for the right fork.

Going to measure the fork settings to ensure they are properly afixed within the triple clamps.

If it leaks again - it'll be off to the suspension specialist - although even he is expressing surprise at these arcane events.

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Does the axle bolt slide in easily? Specifically, could the triples be bent/tweaked?

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post #8 of 9 Old 06-14-2014, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Measured the forks - left is 2-3/100ths out of alignment - will replace seal with Honda seal and correctly align the left fork and see...I will not use non-honda seals again - the honda seal has a spring in top and bottom of the seal, while the aftermarket only had one on the bottom...very much not worth the saving.

If it leaks again, I guess it may be a replacement of the bottom section of the fork - but I'll put it into a suspension specialist and let him fix the bloody thing - he is the last person to fit a seal to the fork that worked = it began leaking after I switched the fork from another bike to mine, so I'm optimistic the alignment issue (fork and/or triple clamps) may be the issue.

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Any play in the bottom fork bushing?

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