fork oil seal issue


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squirrel
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fork oil seal issue

Postby squirrel » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:03 pm



Hi . I had my fork oil seals replaced in jan this year in march the right side started leaking had it replaced f.o.c it's now leaking again. The mechanic who has done alll the work on my wing since I first got it is very good .small workshop excellent reputation .could there be a specific reason for this one fork seal to leak .both times genuine honda seals were used .any help advice appreciated thanks



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Re: fork oil seal issue

Postby harvey01 » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:25 pm

There are several reasons for the fork to leak. Is there a nick or rough spot on the fork? Is the fork possibly bent? I doubt the seals are bad since you state they are OEM. Is there bug or dirt on the fork or getting on the fork right after installation? You might try using an old piece of 33mm film and slipping it between the fork and the seal to clean things out!
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Re: fork oil seal issue

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:09 am

Yep, a nick/rough spot in the fork tube most likely or dirt. There is a "tool" called sealmate $5 or you can make one from any thin plastic or
metal..soda can, milk bottle, film, etc. cut to match pic slip into the forks and slide around the fork while pulling up a bit.

pits in the fork can be filled with JB weld or similar product and then sanded smooth with very fine sandpaper.
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