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Old 11-21-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Exclamation Front Fork Leaking

So I came a little to hard down on a wheelie, and now my left front fork is leaking ...not too much, just a few drops/ride. Do I need to change the seals or just clean out and possible debris in the seal?
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I would try using 35mm film to clear debris and see... old dirt trick. If it doesn't work then well... change em.
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This new bike of yours seems to be quite a little reservoir of potential frustration. I hope you get it figured out, but change the seals if in doubt, you don't want to be unexpectedly unable to stop because your front pads have fork oil on them.
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This new bike of yours seems to be quite a little reservoir of potential frustration. I hope you get it figured out, but change the seals if in doubt, you don't want to be unexpectedly unable to stop because your front pads have fork oil on them.
I think I have some zipties and red rags...
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I would try using 35mm film to clear debris and see... old dirt trick. If it doesn't work then well... change em.
Yeah try this, there are youtube videos on it. And if that doesnt work get the seals changed. House of paint helped me with mine on one of my bikes but you def dont want to let the leak get worse because its not very good for brakes rotors and calipers
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Found this http://sealmate.net/
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You see anything on the fork tube that might have torn the seal? Any pitting or gouges from road debris?
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You see anything on the fork tube that might have torn the seal? Any pitting or gouges from road debris?
No tears that I see at all, just a lot of black gunk
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You see anything on the fork tube that might have torn the seal? Any pitting or gouges from road debris?
When I clean the fork and the pump them a few times, I notice some little black pieces of gunk or grime that comes out.
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When I clean the fork and the pump them a few times, I notice some little black pieces of gunk or grime that comes out.
How old are the seals? Has the bike ever been kept outside?
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Seals are as old as the bike about 6 years, and the bike is garage/carport kept. But has been in the rain a few times <10 times. Bike has 11.5k miles
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The oil seal is in there and you wouldn't see a tear, the outer one is just a dust cover. Try the film trick first, it's basically the same as that tool. Feel the chrome tube for any rough spots.
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The oil seal is in there and you wouldn't see a tear, the outer one is just a dust cover. Try the film trick first, it's basically the same as that tool. Feel the chrome tube for any rough spots.
Tube is noce and smooth, I can let you see it tonight lol. Anyone here know how to replace for free? Mainland Cycle Center is charging $300+ (even though I helped them gain money from my insurance )
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Tube is noce and smooth, I can let you see it tonight lol. Anyone here know how to replace for free? Mainland Cycle Center is charging $300+ (even though I helped them gain money from my insurance )
Hit up house of paint. I bet you his price will be a lot cheaper
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Seals are as old as the bike about 6 years, and the bike is garage/carport kept. But has been in the rain a few times <10 times. Bike has 11.5k miles
The seals may have deteriorated due to age. They're among the first wearable items to go
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Hit up house of paint. I bet you his price will be a lot cheaper
I'll give them a call, they're about 130Km away from me -_- But it's worth it depending on price lol
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since youre in galveston, one of my guys lives near hobby airport, you could always drop it off with him and he can transport your bike up here for us to do the work, then bring it back to the south side for you to pick up
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since youre in galveston, one of my guys lives near hobby airport, you could always drop it off with him and he can transport your bike up here for us to do the work, then bring it back to the south side for you to pick up
Any quotes on a price?

I'm gonna make sure it's not debris first, then if it continues to leak, I'll bring it to y'all
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