Nicked a forkleg...

Discussion in 'Australia' started by JohnG., Dec 7, 2012.

  1. JohnG.

    JohnG. Long timer

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    RH side forkleg wont stop leaking,despite new seal...then I noticed a small nick,hopeing fine wet n dry will do the trick...:ear
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    Yeah,I know,the dust covers are looking a little old too
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  2. FuTAnT

    FuTAnT KTM 990ADV

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    You can hit it with a fine file just to take that edge off to start with too before you sand it. Should buff out ok.
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  3. Haggs

    Haggs Been here awhile

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    I used to get those on my WR 450. just got fine wet and dry and cut 2 to 3cm wide strip long enough to loop around the fork and hold on to with both hands and work back and forth, works a treat and no leaks!.
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  4. JohnG.

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    Ta,Thanks
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  5. PBee

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    You'll be right....that'll buff right out!!!

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  7. Joe Watson

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    So would you sand vertically, horizontally or it wouldn't matter?
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  8. JohnG.

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    guessing vertically,noticed today a fine vertical line has appeared near the nick,caught grain of sand??
    got distracted sorting out bent rad mounts today thou,bloody TPS died,its all happening lately...
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  9. DRjoe

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    When you sand it you ideally want to sand it in a chris cross pattern so that your left with hatching.
    If its deep a dab of super glue works well then sand it flush.
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  10. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    I use a small fine oil stone with a circular pattern. I've had success with epoxy steel if its deep. You can only try.
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  11. Paves

    Paves Beetrt/liver sausage

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    ...that is causing oil to leak past the seal?

    I've seen a couple of posts that say use a 2 pack araldite but I've also seen posts that say it doesn't work for long. It's my son's 2011 KX65 that I bought for him a couple of months ago and he will race next season, so I'm hoping someone has a long term solution so I don't have to buy a new tube.
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  12. bbjay

    bbjay Been here awhile

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    There is a thread going at the moment called nicked a forkleg

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  13. hoss18

    hoss18 Been here awhile

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    Dispite looking trying a dozen different ways I havent found a real way to make a permanent DIY repair. If its a slight nick sometimes a small bit of smoothing helps so that it doesnt leak too much. For deeper nicks/holes I tried most epoxies - sometimes a lot of work for something that lasted a very short time. One thing that seemed to hold in for a while was the 'super glue - steel filler' version to fill the nick/scratch and then slow patient gentle use of wet/dry (I used 600/800 grade gently). I suppose its not too expensive to try - mainly just time so I would give something like this ago before thinking of more expensive options. Let us know how you get on.
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