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post #1 of 11 Old 04-03-2020, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Fork seal leaking again!!

So I changed both seals a month ago and all was fine till
yesterday. I went for a little cruise last night and this am
I found it was leaking again on the same side as before.
I used K&L brand seals from RM. Should I try the factory
oem seal next or just clean it with a sealmate type
wiper and hope.? btw I have atf fluid in it now.

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-03-2020, 11:42 AM
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???

Did you clean out the old fluid completely and rinse them w clean fluid several times? Maybe there was some crud left int here that has gotten loose and causing the leak.
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you can try cleaning it but if you have to replace them, use OEM seals. .....carefully inspect the fork tubes for nicks or other damage; make sure to be careful during the install and wipe oil on them prior to installation. Do you happen to run a fork brace?

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-03-2020, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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The PO had a fork brace on it, I discovered it was to tight and was impeding fork travel. It's
in the spare parts tub since. I'll get some oem seals and try again.
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-03-2020, 01:43 PM
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May I suggest that you might need to replace the upper bushings directly under the seals?

If too much bushing clearance, the upper tube may not be staying well enough centered in the seal lips.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-03-2020, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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forks

On the diagram is # 19 bushing the one you are thinking of??
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YES, that is upper bushing.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-03-2020, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Ok new oem oil seal and upper bushing on the way!!
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-03-2020, 03:52 PM
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A buddy of mine had replaced seals twice before he found a tiny tiny nick in the fork. Dressed it down with a few light strokes from a file and no more leakage.
Hope you get it fixed. Leaks suck!
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-03-2020, 03:56 PM
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I've had miserable luck with non-OEM fork seals on other motorcycles. I think you'll have success once you install the bushings and OEM seals.

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