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Offline Awaz

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Fork leak?
« on: May 29, 2012, 01:30:19 pm »
I see a small streak of oil path down my left fork. No dripping yet, but that side is moist with oil. What is the urgency factor to get this fixed? I have not called the dealer yet. And would love to have a recommendation for a good dealer around central illinois or St Louis area.

The one in Sprigfield, IL is closest, but not sure how good they are.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 01:51:06 pm »
I would spend $5 and clean it with a SealMate before taking it to the dealer. 
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 02:09:52 pm »
Seal Mate the Tool that Fixes Leaking Fork Seals


Interesting.  Never knew something like that existed.  Thanks, Clyde.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 02:33:39 pm »
that is awesome. its worth a try for sure if you have a leak cuz theres nothing to lose!

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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 02:35:04 pm »
I don't have a leak but I've got about 48k on the fluid and seals.  Think it's probably time to change them out.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012, 04:51:37 pm »
I've fixed leaks on 3 bikes w/ the SealMate.  As noted, if the fork oil is old or the leak has been going on a while, a fork oil change is still a good idea.  Seals can last a long time if they are not actually damaged.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2012, 07:09:50 pm »
It is a must to keep bugs off your forks, I am beyond anal retentive about that. The guards do help allot, but bugs and road grime can cause leaks for sure "but can be fixed" as you have seen. ;)
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2012, 07:19:43 pm »
That's really slick. Great info.

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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2012, 08:03:29 pm »
I'm at 53,000 on my '10, if I see my seals appear to be leaking I'm changing to a fresh battery in my KiPass
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 02:52:54 pm »
If you have OLD film roll, it also works great. What ever you use no sharp points. The seals are not hard to do. If you take your time and clean them well you may not have to. Also if you do the job yourself be sure to set up a clean area and take care not damage or scratch the tubes.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2018, 01:27:26 pm »
Well, looks like it happened to me.  I started noticing what I thought was a spot on the left side ground near the front weel a few weeks ago.  I had been mostly riding at night, so I didn't see much with a flashlight.  The spot was oily, but mixed with other stuff and impossible to identify.  So I cleaned it well and waited.  Noticed it again last night, so today I went in for a good look.  BOTH forks are leaking (32,600 miles, never touched).  I took photos first, then I cleaned them lightly with paper towels and reassessed (and took another photo).  At the front bottom of both tubes, it was not smooth.  So I removed the reflectors and the bolts that held the fender for better access.  I was unable to remove the stupid brake line retainer clips so I couldn't get the fender all the way off.  I then moved to bug/tar remover spray on the towels and worked on it.  Then I moved to a sharp piece of soft wood to try and scrape.  And I soaked the wood in bug cleaner and scraped and scraped and worked on it until I finally gave up (then removed the bug cleaner and cleaned up everywhere the oil had leaked).

There are still some rough areas that feel like perhaps scratches or pits in the metal, only at the bottom inch or so of the front of each tube).  Not willing to try anything more drastic at this point.  Put fender back.  Then started the bike and ran forward and stopped hard, several times.  Each time, the top few inches of the tubes were coated in a very thin layer of clean fork oil.   This is probably my fault for not realizing how important it must be to keep the tubes clean, ESPECIALLY in the barely accessible areas at the front near the bottom.

I am not sure how much oil I have lost.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2018, 09:00:27 pm »
I am not sure how much oil I have lost.

Yep, rode twice tonight and stopped at 30 miles each and they are still weeping.  Ordering the Seal Mate.  But checked the factory manual and I don't see any way to check level or add oil/fluid without totally removing the fork tubes.  :(
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2018, 09:05:25 am »
Just had mine redone.  Going to start installing them back this afternoon.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2018, 09:36:32 am »
Are they still in the Dodge?
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2018, 10:15:26 am »
Nope.  Leaning against the work bench at the moment and not on the shelf.
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