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Old 06-01-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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Arrow FRONT FORK LEAK

so i was driving home on monday perfectly fine. then i get home park my bike and see a litttle spot of oil which turned out to be the oil from inside the left fork. it was slowly dripping out at the seal. so i'm guessing my seal just went bad. i've heard that over time the seal will build up a crust around it and you just have to tapp on it to brake it up. but what are your thoughts just looking at the pic. its been sitting since monday.

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Old 06-01-2011, 10:00 AM   #2
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if the seal is bad how much does it usally cost to fix it?
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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fork service is about 250 I think....not sure if that's with bringing the bike in or just bringing in the forks.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:04 AM   #4
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Not cheap. Forks have to come off. If you need a new head bearing, get it done at the same time.
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send a PM to one of (or multiple) site sponsors giving specific details about your bike and the leaking fork seal. . .I've replaced a few in the past but never paid to have it done.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:05 AM   #6
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send a PM to one of (or multiple) site sponsors giving specific details about your bike and the leaking fork seal. . .I've replaced a few in the past but never paid to have it done.
or username MagicMan....

I bet he can get you fixed up on the cheap.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:14 AM   #7
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thanks guys
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:49 AM   #8
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I've been told....roughly 150-250, more toward the lower if I take the forks off and bring em in.
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I just had my seals replaced about a month ago, the cost was a little over 300$. The labor alone is 250$ + about 50$ for the parts.

I dropped my bike off to have the service done. The bike was there for about 8 days, this also included the time they spent installing a frame reinforcement due to a safety recall that was out for my bike from Suzuki.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:48 PM   #10
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well i tried a little trick and it worked. i cleaned every surface where the oil had leaked. pried the dust seal off with a flat head screw driver carfully. then i used the negitives from some photos. and twirled it around the fork inside where the seal is at. i cleaned it out with the negitive strip. and cleaned up eveything with a rag. put the dust seal back on. i got on it and and tested it several times. then i cleaned everything down agian and let it sit. no oil so i took it for a drive got back still not leaking. let it cool down and still nothing... just thought i might post this up to help out
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:54 PM   #11
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Its probably empty! but seriously how much leaked out?
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Its probably empty! but seriously how much leaked out?
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Its probably empty! but seriously how much leaked out?
what you see in the pic is all
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what you see in the pic is all
what about on the roads you rode
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what about on the roads you rode
it didnt start leaking till i got home. and if it did start leaking on the road it would have fit my brakes causing it to smell.
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it didnt start leaking till i got home. and if it did start leaking on the road it would have fit my brakes causing it to smell.
Not necessarily.. the wind would make it airborne. No stains on ur pants? fairings etc?
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make it smell thats a good one!
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:43 PM   #18
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well i'm happy it worked, i just thought that i would share info. but i guess it looks like when you do it backfires. btw thanks to the people that helped me out.
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Seals are 25$ and the oil is 15$ it really isn't that hard. Once you do it yourself you will be a pro in no time.
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