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Old 07-07-2016, 01:32 PM   #1
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Leaking Fork Seal

Im not sure how difficult it would be to replace on my own. I dont currently have any spools or stands so i am sure that would make it more difficult.

Everywhere i have called around is quoting between $300-$400 and it seems like it should be something I could do on my own..maybe.

any help or guidance would be nice.
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:39 PM   #2
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guess it would be nice to mention it is a '13 Honda CBR 500R
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:43 PM   #3
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Try a Seal Mate first.
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:47 PM   #4
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$300-400 is if you bring them the bike and they do everything, right?
Removing the front wheel and pulling the fork(s) isn't difficult. Then the cost should go down dramatically.

First do like Solracer said and try a seal mate. It's s little plastic thing that slides between the fork leg and dust cover and is used to try to remove any debris that might be cause a poor seal.
After that doesn't work, ha, then you'll have to do the fork seals. Probably would be best to do both.
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i would do both. It just doesnt make since to me that a 2013 would have a blown seal...

granted, it does have about 11, miles on it..
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i would do both. It just doesnt make since to me that a 2013 would have a blown seal...

granted, it does have about 11, miles on it..
Fork seals can be capricious. I've seen bikes go 30,000 miles and others not make it to 10,000.

It IS possible it's just debris and the sealmate can fix it in 10 minutes. Most of the time that isn't true but it does happen.
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:57 PM   #7
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hmm...The guy i bought it from had never don any maintenance on the bike in the year that he had it soooo, who knows.
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Take a poker �� card and slide it around the seal to remove trash first. If that doesn't work then replace seal. Call Patrick at M.U.
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Old 07-07-2016, 03:05 PM   #9
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It was way less than that with Motorcycles Unlimited.
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Mine were around $200 or $250 I think at Motorcycles Unlimited...off the bike. I can see 3-4 bills if just bringing in the bike.
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Motorcycles Unlimited quoted me about $300. I have some other stuff that needs to be done and that was quoted at another $80ish.

I seriously think i could do it myself if need be.
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Try a Seal Mate first. Most likely just gunk under the seal.
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another vote for seal mate. works. i seent it.
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Fork seals are not that easy. It takes some special tools & know how to get it done. Its one of the few maintenance jobs I recommend paying someone else for.
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Fork seals are not that easy. It takes some special tools & know how to get it done. Its one of the few maintenance jobs I recommend paying someone else for.
Plus the fork oil wreaks....nasty fish oil .
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Fork seals are not that easy. It takes some special tools & know how to get it done. Its one of the few maintenance jobs I recommend paying someone else for.
lol fork seals are not hard at all. Yes you do need a special tool which can be made out of pvc for less than 5 bucks. His bike probably has conventional forks which make it easier. A job you can easily do in the garage.
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lol fork seals are not hard at all. Yes you do need a special tool which can be made out of pvc for less than 5 bucks. His bike probably has conventional forks which make it easier. A job you can easily do in the garage.
Yup. PVC and the old seal on top of the new one will seat them just fine.
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how is your 3 year old bike leaking fork seals? Have you been doing alot of wheelies/stunting?
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how is your 3 year old bike leaking fork seals? Have you been doing alot of wheelies/stunting?
Old ducatis and aprilias with ohlins used to leak on the showroom floor. Not all seals are created equal.
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