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Old 11-13-2012, 02:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Front fork seal leak temporary fix

A couple months ago I noticed some oil after a ride at the base of my left side fork. I cleaned her up and thought it may have been from the bike sitting a while in my garage so didn't bother to take the bike in.

Then a few weeks ago I noticed a bit more oil on the same side again. A search on the forum tells me this is pretty common for 07-08's to go out pretty early.

I was going to take it into the shop to get both seals replaced but before I did ran into a product online called Seal Mate which says it will clean fork seals and prevent ongoing leaks. Bought it for a few bucks, tried it, and after a few days, seems to be legit. Any one try this product with similar results?

I'll update in a few weeks if there is any leak if anyone is interested knowing. Just wanted to post and share this information if anyone has the same issue and wanted to try this before spending a few hundred bucks on the replacement of the seals.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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which seals r u talking about, there far from a couple hundred
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My cruiser fork seal started to leak in 2004, with only 3,000 miles on the bike.

I used the same cleaning method, but with a piece of old 35mm film negative cut to the same shape, and a thick paper business card cut to this shape also works.

This fork seal is still not leaking after 8 years and about 23,000 more miles.
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Sometimes that can work, but only.if what is causing the seals to leak is debris between the slider and seal. If the seal is actually cut that won't help.
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which seals r u talking about, there far from a couple hundred
That's what a shop charges.
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I've also used a thin feeler gauge with success. As goingtoscotland stated this only works if it's debris that's causing the leak. And it usually is.
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