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Offline Facewest

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Wax Your Fork Tubes
« on: September 10, 2020, 01:11:12 am »
I have been waxing my fork tubes for a few years.

In addition to my 2016 Concours I have a 2000 Kawasaki ZX-12r. My fork seals started leaking and the rebuilder told me to please start waxing my fork tubes as it will help the seals last a lot longer.

He also told me the plating on the fork tube will last longer too.

I use Eagle 1 Wax AS U Dry because it is a liquid and I don't have to worry about the messy wax paste from normal wax.

You can really feel the difference when you run your fingers along the tube.

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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2020, 05:13:23 am »
I have never heard of doing this.  Sounds interesting.  I have been fighting leaks for at least the last year now and have to make sure the tubes are clean all the time (every ride).  This could be an interesting discussion!
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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2020, 08:01:20 am »
This does sound interesting.
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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2020, 08:17:22 am »
Interesting idea. Need more discussion.

I think the biggest thing your accomplishing with waxing, is cleaning your fork tubes.
But, the additional smoothness may be good for the fork action because of less stiction?
I assume the wax doesn't stay there very long with seal rub and the oil that gets on the tube? {after it moves thru the seal}

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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2020, 10:00:20 am »
For decades I have used silicone lube inside the top dust seal after cleaning. Don’t know if it helps but makes me feel better.
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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2020, 02:25:49 pm »
Interesting idea. Need more discussion.

Indeed.  I can't find much information about doing this (theory, pros, cons, what type of "wax", etc).

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I think the biggest thing your accomplishing with waxing, is cleaning your fork tubes.
But, the additional smoothness may be good for the fork action because of less stiction?
I assume the wax doesn't stay there very long with seal rub and the oil that gets on the tube? {after it moves thru the seal}

It could help seal surface irregularities that will then help prevent dirt/dust/contaminates from sticking.  This would help to keep them clean or at least easier to remove contaminates when actually cleaning.  Or it might contaminate the seals.  I don't know.
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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2020, 07:05:24 pm »
I read on the Internet that giving them a rub down with wax paper also helps.
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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2020, 07:28:38 pm »
Might be a little rough. You could try rear end lube.
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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2020, 02:09:03 pm »
Might be a little rough. You could try rear end lube.
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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2020, 08:00:47 am »
I've always waxed the fork tubes. Not because of concern for the seals but because it makes getting the bug guts off so much easier.
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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2020, 06:39:08 pm »
I always wipe WD40 on the tubes with a finger after I get finished riding.

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Re: Wax Your Fork Tubes
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2020, 07:34:50 pm »
Hopefully your finger, correct?
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