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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #30 on: January 28, 2018, 11:39:21 am »
You've got a 2011 and it's now 2018.  You probably need to get the fluid changed and new seals.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2020, 02:06:43 pm »
Ug.  Left fork leaking on 01-12-2020.  Followed same procedure as 01-20-2018 with the cleaning, then the plastic tool.  Tested and it seemed OK.  Then 02-16-2020, leaking again.  Cleaned it again.  And today it is leaking AGAIN.  Ug.  Going out now to clean it yet again.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2020, 04:22:05 pm »
Ug.  Left fork leaking on 01-12-2020.  Followed same procedure as 01-20-2018 with the cleaning, then the plastic tool.  Tested and it seemed OK.  Then 02-16-2020, leaking again.  Cleaned it again.  And today it is leaking AGAIN.  Ug.  Going out now to clean it yet again.
Might be time to polish the tubes and replace the seals.  Good luck!
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2020, 07:00:40 pm »
well, if there are no visible nicks.. polishing anything is not really gonna do anything but waste time..  just mentioning that... cleaning seals, using solvents and "seal friendly pokey scrapers" may help.. but I'm still on my OEM's from '07 issue, never dicked with them ever.. , always reconsider every time I think "I SHOULD" replace fork oil.. hell.   I guess I'm just lucky

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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #34 on: February 23, 2020, 09:49:46 pm »
well, if there are no visible nicks.. polishing anything is not really gonna do anything but waste time..  just mentioning that... cleaning seals, using solvents and "seal friendly pokey scrapers" may help.. but I'm still on my OEM's from '07 issue, never dicked with them ever.. , always reconsider every time I think "I SHOULD" replace fork oil.. hell.   I guess I'm just lucky
Agreed.  My experience from traveling to Alaska last year on the dirty, muddy, sloshy roads did my tubes in.  They were scratched up and needed attention.  My right seal had been seeping before the trip and I used the sealmate to remove dirt.  They seemed to work for a while, but ultimately they gave out during the trip.  I suspect that if you’re constantly having to use the sealmate to clean your seals, and they begin leaking again and again, the seals are done and/or the tubes need a good polish. 
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2020, 05:48:33 am »
The forks are very smooth, with the exception of a little rough spot on both of them, in the front at the very bottom.  That area that is impossible to see, and really difficult to get to.  I tried using bug/tar remover, brake cleaner, and several other chemicals and nothing removes it.  So perhaps it is damage in the metal?  My friend has one of those "cameras on a snake", maybe I can borrow it so I can see it.  I have never taken the fender all the way off, just move it around for access, which is not enough to see.  I think the right brake hose clamp is an issue the one time I thought about removing it completely.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2020, 09:17:11 pm »
The SealMates are pretty good but if you want a really trick tool for cleaning dirt out of your oil seals you should try the Seal Doctor from Risk Racing.  I've fixed fork seal leaks on three bikes with these now...love em.  I think they are easier to use than the SealMate and do a better job.

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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #37 on: February 25, 2020, 03:21:52 am »
I would think that cleaning out the seals, if they are leaking from debris, should be done as soon as possible in case the debris damages the seal permanently.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #38 on: February 25, 2020, 05:55:25 am »
The SealMates are pretty good but if you want a really trick tool for cleaning dirt out of your oil seals you should try the Seal Doctor from Risk Racing.  I've fixed fork seal leaks on three bikes with these now...love em.  I think they are easier to use than the SealMate and do a better job.

https://riskracing.com/pages/seal-doctor

That does look like a much better design that is easier to use.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #39 on: February 25, 2020, 06:01:17 am »
I would think that cleaning out the seals, if they are leaking from debris, should be done as soon as possible in case the debris damages the seal permanently.

Agreed.  It seems it is important to inspect and clean the fork tubes regularly, too.  Something I suspect most of us don't do.  I learned my lesson, and I hope my seals aren't permanently damaged.  I wish it were easier- it is very difficult to get to the inside and front of the tube, especially the lower sections.  I have been working on my technique now.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #40 on: February 25, 2020, 02:27:26 pm »
That does look like a much better design that is easier to use.

$25.....?????????

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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #41 on: February 25, 2020, 04:50:08 pm »
$25.....?????????

30 seconds with a pair of sharp scissors, and a discarded 2 liter pop bottle, and I can make a dozen... and have a drink while doing so...    :rotflmao: :chugbeer: :chugbeer:
$15 on eBay or $9 if you want to wait for China shipping.  Much easier to use as getting around the fender is a pain, but doable.  Seal Mates are $6-8 on eBay.  But you certainly can make your own with a 2 liter bottle, pretty easily.  I wouldn’t spend $25 but would consider $15.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #42 on: February 27, 2020, 11:52:14 am »
how many miles?  The selamate did wonders until the 110k mark when I replaced the oil and seals.

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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #43 on: February 27, 2020, 03:29:53 pm »
how many miles?

If you are asking me, first incident was 32K miles.  Last was 44K miles.
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Re: Fork leak?
« Reply #44 on: February 27, 2020, 05:34:15 pm »
You need to ride it more, Max!
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