forks won't stop leaking


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forks won't stop leaking

Postby 83 goldwing » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:41 pm



Hi it has been a while since I have been on the forum I am hoping that someone has run into this last year I rebuilt my forks completely (springs and all ) the reason why is that I had a low speed wobble when taking off I also had a seal leak, it has had a seal leak since I had own the bike well to make a long story short I ended up changing the seals out three time last summer and each time they blew out quicker and quicker the last set lasted about 150 mi I measured the tubes and they were .003 under spec. which I did not think that would be enough to make it do what it is doing, I also thought that it might be leaking on the outer edge of the seals so I put some Loctite gasket eliminator on the outer edge to make sure it was not leaking by.
If any body has any thoughts or input on this I would really appreciate (or is the .003 enough to cause this )
Thank you
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Re: forks won't stop leaking

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:01 am

Thoughts..

Yes .003 under spec is not good

Are you sure your are installing the seal right side up?

ANY pitting in the slide range will blow seals very quickly.
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Re: forks won't stop leaking

Postby 83 goldwing » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:47 pm

I checked and rechecked the seals to make sure that were in right I did not see any pitting in the slide zone the only thing that I could find was the tubes being under sized the weird part about this the side that last the longest has a bulge in it that is in the slide range.
My next question is can you buy just the tubes or do you have to buy the whole fork assembly and are they available anymore for an 83 wing
Thank you for your help
Bill

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Re: forks won't stop leaking

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:14 am

Generally no longer available from Honda try ebay but it's hit or miss on gettign a good pair or post on here in the wanted section also saunders site
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Re: forks won't stop leaking

Postby Sagebrush » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:39 am

You can get new slides made from stainless steel from Forking by Frank. I used him to make 2" over on my blue 1100 build. Quick response, quality product even if a little pricey.

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Re: forks won't stop leaking

Postby 83 goldwing » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:17 pm

Thank you everybody for your help I will check out the links that you have suggested and keep on plugging on it, eventually with patience and perseverance I will get it.
Thanks again for your help
Bill

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Re: forks won't stop leaking

Postby WalterM817 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:10 pm

Are Ya using air in them?
Some folks add springs etc. when they change the seals and then read somewhere that you don't need air in the forks anymore.
For some bikes this may be true but for mine and my brother's bikes we had to put a few lbs of air in and the seals sealed right up and leaked no more.
Just a thought.

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Re: forks won't stop leaking

Postby 83 goldwing » Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:01 pm

I have been putting air into them I have a gauge in the dash and it has the desired settings for the front and rear I am not sure what the actual psi is I don't know that has been in the back of my mind for a while ( I should figure out how to tee off the compressor and get a actual reading )




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