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post #1 of 3 Old 05-12-2008, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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slight oil leak out of shock

I have a 99 KLR with 5300 miles and the shocks have never been touched. I just noticed I have some oil residue on the metal sleeve below the rubber accordian sleeve on my left front shock. The bottom part of the rubber sleeve is a bit discoloured from the oil. Do I have a problem? Is it a safety issue. Is is an easy fix?

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-12-2008, 06:19 PM
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You've got a fork seal leaking. It will need replaced.
Here is a good link on replacement:
http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/...rkSeal-RR.html

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-13-2008, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help.

I wiped off the dusting of oil a couple of days ago and rode it hard today and see no more oil. I had the bike in an unheated garage this winter (wisconsin) and rode it on some cold days (20 degrees). Is it possible that the cold weather pushed some oil out around the cold shrunken seal and now that it is warm I don't really have a leak? I will see how I do in the next week or two and if I am still getting oil I will put in a new seal using the air pressure method. I assume the shock has a schroeder valve and I can use a bike pump to propel it off? I ordered a new set of seals today from Arrowhead Motorsports and he advises against the pressure method "for safety concerns". I suppose you could end up with some oil in your pug.

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