KEEP LOSING AIR OUT OF MY FORKS!


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KEEP LOSING AIR OUT OF MY FORKS!

Post by rockford75 » Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:39 pm



Hello Guys

I keep losing air out of my forks. seems like every day i have to put air in them. So time for new seals? If so can it wait till the riding season is over? What brand of fork seals do you recommend? I did change the fork oil earlier this year too. Thanks to all who reply.


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Re: KEEP LOSING AIR OUT OF MY FORKS!

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:49 pm

Do you have any leak around the fork seals? That would indicate by leaving an oily residue on the top of the stanchions (wipe them clean first) then you will see if oil is leaking out.

How much pressure did you put in the forks? also the tube connecting both forks needs to be a firm fit - and not loose (spray a bit of soapy liquid around these and see if you get any bubbles forming). Also make sure your schrader valve is working (a bit of soapy liquid here as well).

You might need to hold the front brake and push the forks down a few times to see any action where the leaks are.

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Re: KEEP LOSING AIR OUT OF MY FORKS!

Post by rockford75 » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:15 pm

Theres no oily residue that I can see. I ll try some soap and water around the air valve. I put 18lbs air in forks manual says between 14psi and 21 psi.where exactly am I looking for a oil leak? Is it a ovious leak just by looking at the forks?
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Re: KEEP LOSING AIR OUT OF MY FORKS!

Post by Johnyy Smoke » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:36 pm

You could put in new progressive springs, as well as seals, these springs don't need the air assist. I love them! Around $85 for the pair.
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Re: KEEP LOSING AIR OUT OF MY FORKS!

Post by rockford75 » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:39 pm

Johnyy Smoke wrote:You could put in new progressive springs, as well as seals, these springs don't need the air assist. I love them! Around $85 for the pair.
Regards, Johnny
way ahead of you pal. Iam definitely putting in progressive springs.
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Re: KEEP LOSING AIR OUT OF MY FORKS!

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:26 am

I'd try replacing the valve cores in the schraeder valves. You can buy them for less than a dollar, and if that is the source of the leak, that will fix it.

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Re: KEEP LOSING AIR OUT OF MY FORKS!

Post by rockford75 » Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:06 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I'd try replacing the valve cores in the schraeder valves. You can buy them for less than a dollar, and if that is the source of the leak, that will fix it.
Thanks for the reply. I took out the air valve and put teflon tape on the threads seems to be holding. Guess that was the prob. I dont have any oil leaking from the forks.


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