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Old 06-08-2012, 08:39 PM   #4156
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:51 PM   #4157
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You need a longer vent hose.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:01 PM   #4158
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You need a longer vent hose.
My wife thinks my hose is just fine...thank you very much
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:18 PM   #4159
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My wife thinks my hose is just fine...thank you very much
I heard the hose was fine but that you have gas.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:26 AM   #4160
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My wife thinks my hose is just fine...thank you very much
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:41 PM   #4161
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:50 PM   #4162
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How do you like the SPS on the SE. I'm thinking about getting the treatment.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:16 PM   #4163
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How do you like the SPS on the SE. I'm thinking about getting the treatment.
I like it much more than stock. Much plusher than stock, and I wanted a setup that would not bounce me off the bike when I was trying to climb steep and rocky stuff. One of the fork seals started leaking after one year, which was kinda a bummer as fork seals are $$$ for these beasts.

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Old 06-11-2012, 05:39 AM   #4164
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:15 AM   #4165
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One of the fork seals started leaking after one year, which was kinda a bummer as fork seals are $$$ for these beasts.
Skip those lattes for a day or three and you will be able to afford one.

You can get the newer and much better lower friction / long life SKF forks seals for $18 list price. KTM 48600969.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:55 AM   #4166
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Skip those lattes for a day or three and you will be able to afford one.

You can get the newer and much better lower friction / long life SKF forks seals for $18 list price. KTM 48600969.
It's not the Lattes that break me, it's the hookers

I considered the SKF, but was told (by my mechanic) that they would not last as long as stock wipers and seals. The first stock set lasted about 7K miles. The second set (put on by SPS) only lasted about 3K - and at least 2K of that was highway riding whereas the previous 7K had been almost entirely off-road.

Who knows?? A single stubborn piece of grit can destroy a set in half a mile as quickly as it can 10 thousand miles.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:12 AM   #4167
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Every suspension tuner and the three mechanics I talked to at the KTM factory all highly recommended the SKFs. They are not magic but they certainly perform and hold up better. It's worth a shot for <$18.

But if you want to really make sure that you don't get any more leaks, try some full length neoprene fork protectors. They should have velcro so they can be removed for cleaning every now and then so there is no grit behind them (every time after a mud bath), and you should use the open back style lower fork guards so they do not limit your travel because they are bunching up.

Beta used these on his RTW trip and didn't have a single leak, while his two buddies with no protection had to change seals 7 times riding the same route. IIRC Colebatch has about 50.000 kms on his WP 48s, lots of it off road, no leaks.

If you are a pro rider you might notice a tiny amount of stiction, but on an adventure bike I'd say the increase in reliability is worth it, and you probably won't notice it anyway.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:46 AM   #4168
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I just had my forks re-valved by Factory Connection, and was planning on installing a set of fork socks when re-installing them on the bike. When I asked FC about doing this, they directed me not to do so, as they feel that dirt will eventually get past the sock and be held in place there and act as sand paper on the tubes and seals.

Perhaps this wouldn't be an issue if I cleaned the socks often, maybe even daily?


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Old 06-12-2012, 07:50 AM   #4169
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I just had my forks re-valved by Factory Connection, and was planning on installing a set of fork socks when re-installing them on the bike. When I asked FC about doing this, they directed me not to do so, as they feel that dirt will eventually get past the sock and be held in place there and act as sand paper on the tubes and seals.

Who now do I believe?


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Why do you have to chose who to believe? Their experience is in line with what I said - except I gave a solution. Get full length socks (so there is no easy way for dirt to get in) and get them with velcro, so you can easily take them off for periodic cleaning.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:55 AM   #4170
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I am inclined to do so, but will be sure to clean them probably more often than actually required, just to avoid the potential problems running them could cause...

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