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Old 03-21-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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blown fork seal? covered under warranty?

so i just got off the bike and noticed a ring around 1 of my fork stanchions, not both. right side not that it matters

me thinks it's a blown seal. no i don't ride hooligan, i just fast commute, no woolies, no trackdays, i'm old and boring w/ a cool fast italian bike.

anyways bike has 11,000mi and is barely over a yr old. 2yr factory warranty


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Old 03-21-2013, 05:01 PM   #2
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It could be some dirt. You might be able to fix it with a seal doctor, seal mate, some film, a thin feeler gauge, or something else. It will slide between the seal and tube, work it around, and hopefully dislodge the particle.

i have a seal mate...here's a vid that shows what I am talking about.

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I dont think fork seals are covered.....they are a "wear and tear" item

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I dont think fork seals are covered.....they are a "wear and tear" item

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It could be some dirt. You might be able to fix it with a seal doctor, seal mate, some film, a thin feeler gauge, or something else. It will slide between the seal and tube, work it around, and hopefully dislodge the particle.
got 1 on order, tanks!

AF1 says wear item, R&R at 12k

i wanna try and get to 18k if i can.
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blown fork seal? covered under warranty?

Noticed one of my forks on my 2011 ZX-10R was leaking 2 weeks ago at 15k miles...I used the seal mate and it stopped the leaking...I was pretty stoked.

Do exactly what they show in the how to video and it should work...be ready to pump and pump and pump
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blown fork seal? covered under warranty?

See if Chad still has the one he made
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Do these types of leaks happen on RSU forks? Im noticing alot of the bikes mentioned with leaks are bikes with USD Forks, and i am trying to mentally go over the process in my head but im unaware if there is a removable ring in between the gaiters on my sv650's RSU Forks. (i know leaks are possible on all forks just are RSU Forks less prone so to speak?)
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Sometimes when the leaking stops it's because there is nothing left to leak!! A blown seal will leak very fast compared to a seal with grime between it. Plus a few drips on your brake pads will ruin them for good..Not to mention the air gap that's a big deal on those ohlins forks.. If it was my bike I would repair asap
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Fork seals can wear out if you don't clean the fork stanchions frequently. Especially if you ride in adverse weather, dirt and grime canbuild up and form a ring by the actions od the sliding fork seal. Then you park the bike and that ring of dirt solidifies and hardens. Next time you go ride it and does something to cause the front end to compress more than usual, like hitting a big pothole or braking hard. The seals hit that hardened ring of dirt - and rapidly wear out.

If you commute daily in all kinds of weather, be sure to wipe you stanchion after every ride home. Your seals will thank you.
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got 1 on order, tanks!

AF1 says wear item, R&R at 12k

i wanna try and get to 18k if i can.
Just to be clear, are you changing on both sides, right?
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Just to be clear, are you changing on both sides, right?
Changing what? He said he ordered a seal mate
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Changing what? He said he ordered a seal mate

Think he was implying it would be wise to change both the right and left fork seals
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My money says he changes both seals at the same time...Ed takes car of his toys.
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trying the fork seal thingy first, if still leaking will go w/ both seals
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Changing what? He said he ordered a seal mate
My bad, I thought he ordered the seal
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So with this thread I need to ask a question, not that it would look good on a sport bike, but they have the rubber covers for forks. Would that prevent grime from getting down in the fork seals and creating a problem? On the other hand it could prevent a problem from being noticed. Thoughts. and some good tips in this thread.
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when i tried to "Clear" my seals from dirt, i used a photo negative. was thin enough to get between the seal and fork. then wipe the upper fork. just make sure there's no gouges on the tube.
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If changing the seals go ahead and get the dust boots as well. I HIGHLY recommend changing your preload, rebound, damping adjuster o-rings, and crush washers at the same time. Mine cost me 60$ for everything, including oil and only took about 2 hours to rebuild both forks. In hot, humid, and dirty Texas your going to have to do it so do it right the first time... or call Pete later...

The big thing all of you seemed to miss is that fork oil is hydroscopic. Once you see a leak it means humidity is getting in as well and will degrade the oil as well as corrode your internals. Do it right and save the pain and money down the road. If you love her, spend the money upfront.

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I just notice a thin film of oil on my left fork. Glad this was posted.
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