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post #1 of 11 Old 11-28-2013, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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topping up me forks

I've a leaking fork seal - but cannot get to replace the seals till next weekend.

Gonna top the fork fluid up to, somewhat, replace what is leaking.

I'd love to hear any concerns that you might think'd be good for me to know.

I cannot repair it any sooner and cannot go totally without riding till then either.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-29-2013, 04:39 AM
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I'd be concrned with oil leaking onto the brakes or tire, I don't know what if any mechanical damage low oil would cause in the forks. I wouldn't add any oil.

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How bad is the leak? (Post some pictures) If it's just a little residue just ride cautiously. Personally I wouldn't ride until fixed... unless it's your only vehicle.
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Also... Do not top off. You can't be sure how much fluid left the forks unless you empty it and measure. Which by that point you might aswell just replace the seals and oil.
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Free fix for leaky fork seals - VentureRider.Org

Most seal don't need replacement. Done this a few times to mates bikes. Works every time I have tried it. Obviously some seals will need replacement.

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Thank me later.... Free fix for leaky fork seals - VentureRider.Org Most seal don't need replacement. Done this a few times to mates bikes. Works every time I have tried it. Obviously some seals will need replacement.
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I thought mine was blown out pretty bad, leaking all over my fork, and I ordered a sealmate (same idea as above) as I figured id support the guys for five bucks, and I've put on 2500 miles since then without problems... The leak almost always looks worse than it is after it spreads out and leaks around.

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I have one of the plastic seal mates, but could not find a way to work it around the plastic guard - any ideas ? I couldn't see a way to move this protector so I could get fully around the seal. This guard, is the black plastic shield that goes a third of the way around the fork leg where the upper and lower fork joins.

I used that tool for 2/3 of the fork up to both sides of the guard - it did appear to lessen the oil leaking, but a few days ago, I left my bike in the garage for 2 or three days and when I got to it again, there was an oil stain on the ground under the fork - about an inch in diameter - and not too much oil.

if I wipe the lower fork leg off and leave it over nite, there is a film of oil on it again the next morning.

I will replace the seals in 5 or 7 days, but cannot until then.

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I'm assuming you mean the thing on the right side of this picture?... I just slid past it... The seal mate was long enough to reach down and still let me get a grip... Maybe you're too far down in?
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Yes that's the one - I tried to do it again but broke the seal tool. I struggle getting the tool down and under the seal - I remove the dust cover and spring washer, but the tool just bends and then broke.

Do you press the tool directly down or do you press it diagonally down as the guy does in the youtube clip ?

I try to do it as he does, but the hook makes it difficult for me - anyway, I got 2/3 of the seal done again and once again the leak has been slowed.

c'mon next week when I get the chance to replace the seals.

Gonna install some Yoshimura's and a power commander at that time too.

All I have to do then, I remember I'm not bullet proof in traffic and when several tons of vehicle come within inches of me and my bike, in 30 kilometer per hour traffic and scares the bejesus outa me - to not act as I did yesterday and put myself in greater danger by acting out on my righteous indignation.

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post #11 of 11 Old 12-06-2013, 10:09 AM
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I made one of these out of an old thin plastic card. I think it was a membership card to an organization I was in. Thinner than a regular credit card.

Worked well.

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