Leaky fork seals


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vaughn
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Leaky fork seals

Postby vaughn » Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:38 pm



Has anyone used the Seal Mate leak fix on their leaky seals?
seal mate.net



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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby gford » Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:52 pm

Used it and it works. Instructions on utube

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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby Dusty Boots » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:02 pm

Simple to make your own from a large plastic soda bottle and yes, it works

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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby vaughn » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:03 pm

Thank's, I give it a try.

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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby mrtwowheel » Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:56 pm

I have changed a lot of seals. Since I made my own Seal-Mate I am batting 1000. Dust seals should still be replaced if cracked or broken up, it's what keeps the dirt away from the seals. I use Walmart Tech Lubricant to pre-clean and lube the plastic before inserting into the seal, I think the lubricant limbers up the seal lips too. It's amazing how easy the plastic goes in. I should buy a real Seal-Mate just to thank those guys for the idea.

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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby vaughn » Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:57 am

Got them and they worked. Hard to believe something so simple works.
I will still be changing the 32 year old seals over the winter and adding Progressive springs. I bought the bike 4 years ago with only 18,000 miles and it now has 41,000. 1,000 in the last month. This is in Western Pa. No salt on roads means more riding. I love this bike. Would ride all the time if I could. Best $ 2,500 I ever spent. Plus probably another $ 1,000 in parts and upgrades. Over $ 500 to have carbs rebuilt this year. Bike runs excellent. Like it better than the 88 - 1500 I had 10 years ago. Just needs electronic cruise. I have throttle lock and wrist rest.

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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby Earl43P » Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:15 pm

Parker, Pa. Had to look that one up; sounds like my kind of place.

I had no luck with my 1100's fork seals and Seal-mate (soda bottle version).

I did however, have great luck with the Valkyrie's. They are still dry thousands of miles later.
The key was technique. The guy who did the Valkyrie for me, stood astride it and pulled the forks to full extension and held them there with both brakes and him pulling up. THEN slide the sealmate up in there and do the swiping out. Bounce them, bounce them, repeat the sealmate swipe with the forks fully extended again, bounce bounce extend swipe, etc.

As soon as I get an opportunity and a helper, I'll do the 1100's that way.
Doesn't help that it's parked (15459) 400 miles NW of my present location (27909).
When all else fails, RTFM!

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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:22 pm

Nothing will help with leaking on your 100/1100/1200 if your inner fork tubes are pitted/corroded.
That's why Honda went with the fork tube protectors on the 1500s

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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby vaughn » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:38 pm

Mine has no corrosion of any kind. Look like new.

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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby ct1500 » Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:35 pm

A SealMate has its' place for clearing debris from seals. However, it is not a cure all for old hardened seals or higher mileage bikes which might have lots of debris and grit accumulated at the bottom of slider from normal wear. In these cases where leakage returns a fork disassemble and cleaning with new seals and bushings if needed is the order of the day.
This is what I do
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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby mrtwowheel » Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:20 pm

Yeah, you've got to bounce them after using the Seal-Mate. The seals lips really only close tight when compressing the forks, it's the way they're made, one way action. On a heavy bike this isn't easy to do, riding and hitting some bumps, pulling the front brake to make the front dive is what I do when I can't bounce it enough. Granted, the inside tubes must be clean and free of stone dings, I use a diamond sharpening stone to smooth the dings that stick out, find them with my thumbnail. My experience is that this is not just a temporary fix. Still, nothing wrong with changing fluid to remove dirt and minor wear sludge. Excessive wear inside the forks can be felt by feel, just like any other close tolerance fit, when the caps are removed. This subject can bother some people when they think they're being accused of doing something needlessly.

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Re: Leaky fork seals

Postby flash1942 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:36 am

I sure wish someone made fork tube protectors for older wings and at a fair price too.




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