Next repair... fork seal

Discussion in 'Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much HP' started by Barekat, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. Barekat

    Barekat Looking to get dirty Supporter

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    DOH!

    I was puttering around in the garage after work and noticed this...:( fork leak.jpg
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  2. SURFINASPHALT

    SURFINASPHALT "Zen Rider"

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    Oopsie.

    You gonna try to clean it before trying to warranty it?:D
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  3. Barekat

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    Nop. This was tarmac trauma prior to the leak.

    I'm glad it leaked now and not next month when I'm on a road trip with the rondel crowd. Six bimmers and only two KTM.
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  4. paidoutcomes

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    My 1290 fork leaked. Dealer check into it and ktm replaced under warranty. I hear tell of stickers being left on the forks or seals, causing the degradation.
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  5. SURFINASPHALT

    SURFINASPHALT "Zen Rider"

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  6. MX Engineer

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    Try the "Seal Doctor" before you go to the dealer.
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  7. Barekat

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    So I made my own seal cleaner tonight from an old windshield wash jug.

    After cleaning both the dust shield and the fork seal the leak seams to have stopped... at least long enough to grab a bit to eat... nothing dripping.

    I went for a very short ride and the fork looks dry. I'll ride to work tomorrow and check again.

    Anyway, I dropped an email to the dealer for an appointment which I can cancel if "cleaning the crud" fixed things.

    A couple action shots. ;)

    p.s. thanks MX Engineer... you sent me in the right directions. IMG_20160414_212627.jpg IMG_20160414_212914.jpg IMG_20160414_223640.jpg IMG_20160414_224334.jpg fixed 'er.
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  8. SURFINASPHALT

    SURFINASPHALT "Zen Rider"

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    Hooray! Another Win for General Maintenance!:clap

    Nice Fabricating idea Kat!:thumb
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  9. manxkipper

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    Remember to release the air that builds up in the fork over time. There is a small phillips head bleed screw on the top of each fork that you undo and let out the air.
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    Speedbleeders..., got mine from Slavens:thumb
    Even the PP's ones are reasonably priced.
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    I must get a set of those.
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  12. Barekat

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    Thanks Surf.

    I stole the idea from someone else online.

    There was a tiny bit of oil on the fork when I got to work so it looks like I might have to take her in after all. :uhoh

    It's suppose to be 20c this weekend too. :kurt
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  13. PS-RagE

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    Yeah, I had the seal on the compression fork start leaking pretty bad in the middle of a 1400km offroad ride last year. Was pretty much dry by the end of the tour.
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  14. 1coolbanana

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    My compression leg started leaking at about 1000k's, I use the "old feeler gauge trick" and it hasnt leaked again in another 5000.
    I always fill the cavity between the dust seal and the oil seal with waterproof grease, works for me :-)
    Leaking comp side seems very common for some reason!
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  15. Barekat

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    I bought a seal doctor on the weekend and tried to clean the seal again... No luck. Still a very slight leak. I didn't realize how delicate the WP suspension was?? :hmmmmm
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    They never used to be!
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  17. jeremy_283

    jeremy_283 Been here awhile

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    For as rare is bleeding is actually required, the fact that the front end has to be lifted, and I've seen too many reviews of speed bleeders leaking >>> I decided to just stick with the Phillips screws
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  18. dewaynehasty

    dewaynehasty Been here awhile

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    My left fork leaded during my CO BDR ride. When I got home I had it fixed. 300 miles later it is leaking again :( WTF!

    I'll try that waterproof grease idea..thanks.
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  19. 1coolbanana

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    I would do the seal saver or feeler trick first then fill with grease.
    Mines been good for 3k since doing it.
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  20. Newbusa

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    I had the same problem, had to use the seal tool at least 3 times before it stopped leaking.
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