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Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:05 am
by todd
Has anyone had a problem with a fork seal leak on the SDR? The dealer told me it was not covered under warranty, it's brand new! They said it was normal wear and tear, the bike has 2700 miles on it! WTF

Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:20 am
by Stark
I guess KTM aren't going to discount the possibility that the rider could have been hopping gutters or landing some really hard wheelies to cause said issue. Still, I don't think there are that many bad riders out there to necessitate such a strict policy.

You would think they would cover it out of good faith, you know, to improve their depreciating company image. :?

Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:59 pm
by mlsumner
I had a leaky seal on my 2015. had to pay the dealer for the fix. They did both sides.

Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:27 am
by 5150 Pops
todd wrote:Has anyone had a problem with a fork seal leak on the SDR? The dealer told me it was not covered under warranty, it's brand new! They said it was normal wear and tear, the bike has 2700 miles on it! WTF
Did you try something like trying a "seal mate"? Or the edge of credit card, or your license?
Sometimes a small particle of debris can get lodged in there, and if you catch it early, and dislodge it before it eats/tears into the seal, you wouldn't have to disassemble the fork(s) and replace seals.

https://m.summitracing.com/parts/mnp-08 ... 2oQAvD_BwE

Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:56 am
by todd
5150 Pops wrote:
todd wrote:Has anyone had a problem with a fork seal leak on the SDR? The dealer told me it was not covered under warranty, it's brand new! They said it was normal wear and tear, the bike has 2700 miles on it! WTF
Did you try something like trying a "seal mate"? Or the edge of credit card, or your license?
Sometimes a small particle of debris can get lodged in there, and if you catch it early, and dislodge it before it eats/tears into the seal, you wouldn't have to disassemble the fork(s) and replace seals.

https://m.summitracing.com/parts/mnp-08 ... 2oQAvD_BwE
I tried a seal cleaner but all it did was reveal that the dust seal was the only thing holding the oil from just pouring out. I dropped it off at the suspension shop Wednesday and picked it up Friday with all new suspension front and rear. Now it has the best suspension you can get.
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Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:22 am
by 5150 Pops
todd wrote:
5150 Pops wrote:
todd wrote:Has anyone had a problem with a fork seal leak on the SDR? The dealer told me it was not covered under warranty, it's brand new! They said it was normal wear and tear, the bike has 2700 miles on it! WTF
Did you try something like trying a "seal mate"? Or the edge of credit card, or your license?
Sometimes a small particle of debris can get lodged in there, and if you catch it early, and dislodge it before it eats/tears into the seal, you wouldn't have to disassemble the fork(s) and replace seals.

https://m.summitracing.com/parts/mnp-08 ... 2oQAvD_BwE
I tried a seal cleaner but all it did was reveal that the dust seal was the only thing holding the oil from just pouring out. I dropped it off at the suspension shop Wednesday and picked it up Friday with all new suspension front and rear. Now it has the best suspension you can get.
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You're in Georgia?
Very nice, just a wee jealous.
Congratulations.

Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:22 am
by todd
Yep, North Georgia, near all of the good roads. :mrgreen:

Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:14 am
by Spiff
I would share your concerns with KTM, not the dealer. Even if it is just through the main website. The factory needs to know what is going on so they can make the best decision on how to handle things. They might/probably blow you off, but if they are looking to improve the owner experience you may be a catalyst to good change.

Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:56 am
by todd
I talked to KTM north America and they told me that it was not a warranty item.

Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:30 am
by Joe1290
I had a leaking fork seal at 5 months old/8000km. Replaced under warranty.

Strangely, after that there were alternating leaks from side to side, but they'd stop on their own??? :lol: Over 56,000km now and not had any further seal problem.

Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:45 pm
by steve59
56,000k in a couple years, nice. If you don't mind I would sharing how the bikes held up? you're right at the 2nd valve check how did they spec? any cam blueing? these engines are noisy but seem to run better the harder they're flogged. appreciate anything you can tell us.

Re: Fork seal leaking at 2700 miles WTF

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:21 pm
by Joe1290
steve59 wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:45 pm
56,000k in a couple years, nice. If you don't mind I would sharing how the bikes held up? you're right at the 2nd valve check how did they spec?
Finally got the 60,000km service done this month. Clearances still all good, in fact overall condition good. Just replaced chain/sprockets again, so now on my third set.

Once again though, bike had developed another fork seal leak, but Seal Dr seems to have sorted that. My next shipment of parts from the US will include a fork seal kit #R14040.