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Fork seal (pre-?) failure?

After the last ride, I noticed some dust-on-oil accumulation on the right fork near the seal. Taking a peek, the right dust seal has a "wet dusty" look, compared to the "dry dusty" look of the left.

Time to replace?

If so, I'll try the air-pressure method, I think.

(Bike's a '95, and I've put 12K on it, odo has 23K. Who know's if they've been done yet. But since I'm about to take the front apart to grease steering bearings anyway...)

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Looks similar to how mine started and finally it puked a bunch of oil on the ground.

Relatively easy to do. I used the air pressure method. Took about 50 psi and then wait for it, and pop it's out.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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And if you do change 'em out, OEM are the bestest. I've heard lots of bad reports on All Balls seals and Moose seals.

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Hey Stew. Don't you have some All Balls seals to sell??

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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Hey Stew. Don't you have some All Balls seals to sell??
Lol! I'll let 'em go cheeeeep!

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And if you do change 'em out, OEM are the bestest. I've heard lots of bad reports on All Balls seals and Moose seals.
It's a pisser since OEM costs 2 as much, but maybe it's just a case of you get what you pay for. :-/ They all claim to be superior to OEM, as well.

I was going to ask about MSR, but found a comment that said MSR, Moose, and All Ball are all the same seals.

I did pick up a sealmate at the local shop for a fiver. I'll try that first for the helluvit.
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It's a pisser since OEM costs 2 as much, but maybe it's just a case of you get what you pay for. :-/ They all claim to be superior to OEM, as well.

I was going to ask about MSR, but found a comment that said MSR, Moose, and All Ball are all the same seals.

I did pick up a sealmate at the local shop for a fiver. I'll try that first for the helluvit.
Actully, the Sealmate did the trick on my forks. I was very happy!

A fellow on Facebook changed out his seals (1st Gen) with moose seals and got about 3 months out of them before they both started leaking again. He switched out to OEM's and hasn't had any problems. I bought the All Balls ones to change out mine, but then started snooping on the internet only to find that they have mostly bad reviews. I would maybe try them if my forks start leaking again just because I already have them, but I hate doing a job twice.

Best of luck with the Sealmate, I swear by them

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I tried a Seal Mate last year and thought I had the problem beat only for it to resurface in a worse way this summer.

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Best of luck with the Sealmate, I swear by them
We'll find out! I just did the procedure as per youtube and instructions. Lifted up the dust seal and ran it through there first for practice. There was a fair amount of grit there.

Then the fun part. On the first pass, I actually did get a little bit of grit out of the oil seal. Round two came up clean.

Pumped the forks a few times until the tube started coming up dry, and put the dust seal and clip back in place.

I'll see when I get a chance for a quick ride next. (I owe one of my local forum-members a long-overdue callback on that front. Work and being out of town is getting in the way.)
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