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post #1 of 20 Old 11-16-2010, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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All Balls fork seals... Any luck with them?

Hey all,
Ordered and received a set of All Balls fork seals for my 08. I plan on swapping them out now that the riding season is pretty much done for the year. For a lark, I googled the All Ball's seals and got lots of negative reviews on them... Kind of wish I had googled em before. My question is, has anyone had good luck with the All Balls seals or should I just ebay them and order a set of OEM seals? I don't relish the thought of pulling the forks again so I want the repair to last. Thanks in advance!

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Kawasaki seemed to get it right with forks seals. I haven't had good luck with any fork seal on a Kawasaki other than OEM.

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Darn... I was scared of that. Leaning more towards ebaying them and buying OEM now. Forks sure started leaking quick on this bike... I think my left one was leaking around 5000 Km's. Thanks for the help.

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No that I have seen everything there is to see happen to a KLR 650, but I have yet to see a truly blown out fork seal on a KLR 650. I have run across a bunch that have leaked because of trash [dirt grit, grain of sand, etc] caught up between the ram and the seal, which, once cleaned out, quit leaking. Some old bikes that have sat for years may have rotted out fork seals, but even those will quit leaking if properly cleaned up. Again, anything is possible. If the issue is simply fork oil visible, I would be in there cleaning before I replaced.

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Cut a playing card to half width and notch it....that will clean the seal out as well.

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Thank you, I'm going to give that a shot. The staunchins look like brand new on the bike with no pitting, scratches or anything, makes me wonder why it started leaking in the first place. Maybe it is just a bit of dirt holding the seal off the staunchin. Hopefully anyway, would save me tearing it all apart. Plus, from what I have read on the All Balls seals they sound like duds. Oh well, guess I can still use the fork oil anyway! Thanks again

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all balls seals

I use all balls seals frequently in all manner of customer bikes. Have never had any problems with them. They incorporate a triple lip design as opposed tothe more conventional ( and more common) double lip style.
Stay away from Leak Proof brand seals, I refuse to install them.

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I use all balls seals frequently in all manner of customer bikes. Have never had any problems with them. They incorporate a triple lip design as opposed tothe more conventional ( and more common) double lip style.
Stay away from Leak Proof brand seals, I refuse to install them.
Good to know that some people have had success with them... They pretty much get slammed on the net. I bought a SealMate to try on the fork as well. Hoping it will work as I don't want to disassemble the forks unless I have to, but I'll hang onto the All Balls seals in case it still leaks.

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I haven't tried the All Balls but did try Leak Proof seals on my Honda CBX. Let's just say they lied. I stick to the OEM fork seals.

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I haven't tried the All Balls but did try Leak Proof seals on my Honda CBX. Let's just say they lied. I stick to the OEM fork seals.
Yup, on hindsight I would have bought OEM seals, I didn't realize there was so much variation in the aftermarket ones. I'm still hoping it's just a little crud and that the SealMate will fix it.

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All good info here, mine are currently leaking.
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