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Fork seal gone

Postby MR C » Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:37 pm

Just done my run in miles today and I noticed on my first outing last Sunday there was a mist around the leg, well today its getting worse .
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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby Yoozy » Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:18 pm

Mine was showing them marks for about 1000 miles, gone now and not seen them again and at 3000 now. Unless it's puked the lot out I'd say it was just the 'newness' coming out. Whatever the fuck that is!
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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby MR C » Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:46 pm

Thx for the heads up taking into account I've been canning the arse off it today ! Wheel in the air, it's no all that bad so maybe it's just the newness .

I've took the 16th sprox off and put back to 17th it was very vibey with the 16th and the longer gearing suits the bike making for a much smoother gear change when using the quickshifter.

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby Tancakar » Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:53 pm

Thank you for this update i have this from the begging never thought its a leak i was thinking its only dust and mud from the road. so next week when i am in for my horn i need to mention this too.

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby maya06 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:11 pm

Hello,

Mine are seeping on both sides since the bike is new, 0 kms.
I mentionned it at the 1st service, the mechanic said as it was only
a quite small leak, he wouldn't do anything until it is getting worse.

Not really pleasant :
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Has someone had them replaced already ?

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby MR C » Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:14 pm

If your dealer did not remove the dust seals and clean then there sloppy .

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby Tancakar » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:20 pm

does anyone know how to remove the dust seals?

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby DaveNZ » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:49 pm

Tancakar wrote:does anyone know how to remove the dust seals?

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby JDS1290SDr » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:46 am

^^ :)
I think I seen a faint film of oil on mine B4 I stored it last fall. To me its minor. It would never be a measurable amount. I suspect that a few of my wheelies may helped cause this issue.
Most of my other bikes have never shown a film of oil. My Multi has. I also suspect wheeling to be the culprit on it. Sure its a little annoying. But I think I can live with it until it gets worse.
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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby JDS1290SDr » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:32 pm

Tancakar wrote:does anyone know how to remove the dust seals?


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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby Tancakar » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:20 pm

i am going to try that

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby RDKLL » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:45 pm

Wow, if that first pic is a leaking seal then I have it too and I have less than 300 miles on mine!

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby DaveNZ » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:35 am

RDKLL wrote:Wow, if that first pic is a leaking seal then I have it too and I have less than 300 miles on mine!

Mine weeped like the picks on here, but 3000Ks now, and the seals have bedded in, and no more weeping. Strange tho, as on new Ohlins stuff theres been no weep at any stage.
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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby Emmjaydee » Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:58 am

Same here. Dealer want surprised and advised that it would stop but keep an eye on it. It stopped after about 1700 miles

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby todd » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:30 am

WOW! I had the same problem, I saw a small amount of oil after the first ride and the dealer said it was normal now at 2500 miles its pouring out of the right side, the dealer said sorry no warranty on fork seals. A brand new $18,000 bike WTF!

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby DaveNZ » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:57 am

^^ You could also have some grit or crud caught in the seal, I've heard of guys using a thin feeler gage to to clean them out, you remove the dust seal cover, and insert the thin feeler gage between the tube and the seal and move around the fork tube with a pulling or moving down motion, you will loose a little fork oil.
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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby mrossk » Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:50 pm

Old film (if anyone has that still laying around) works well too. I prefer it, because you can't do any damage with it...

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby todd » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:43 am

DaveNZ wrote:^^ You could also have some grit or crud caught in the seal, I've heard of guys using a thin feeler gage to to clean them out, you remove the dust seal cover, and insert the thin feeler gage between the tube and the seal and move around the fork tube with a pulling or moving down motion, you will loose a little fork oil.


Hey Dave, I recognize you from the Aprilia forum, I'm (the todd) over there, I tried cleaning the seal with a fork seal cleaner tool and I noticed that the dust seal was really the only thing keeping the oil from just pouring out so I called the dealer and they quoted $500 minimum to replace both seals :o I decided to take it to Traxxion Dynamics and have them build the best forks money can buy and a new rear shock :D This bike will be the best it can be now.

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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby DaveNZ » Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:42 am

todd wrote:
DaveNZ wrote:^^ You could also have some grit or crud caught in the seal, I've heard of guys using a thin feeler gage to to clean them out, you remove the dust seal cover, and insert the thin feeler gage between the tube and the seal and move around the fork tube with a pulling or moving down motion, you will loose a little fork oil.


Hey Dave, I recognize you from the Aprilia forum, I'm (the todd) over there, I tried cleaning the seal with a fork seal cleaner tool and I noticed that the dust seal was really the only thing keeping the oil from just pouring out so I called the dealer and they quoted $500 minimum to replace both seals :o I decided to take it to Traxxion Dynamics and have them build the best forks money can buy and a new rear shock :D This bike will be the best it can be now.

Yip thats me Todd, They refer to me as "KTM Fanboy" ha ha, $500, to replace seals, thats a rip off. How many Ks, (or miles) has your bike (forks) travelled, i did 19,000 on my 1290R, and never had a problem with the seals leaking, my GT has now travelled 11,000Ks and the seals are good. My multistrada seals lasted to 48,000Ks, i took the forks in, and it cost me $320nz, and they striped the forks right down and gave them a good clean, new oil and seals, 48K was too long to leave the original oil in, they said the oil was gunky, water and bugs i guess. but no wear or tear.
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Re: Fork seal gone

Postby todd » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:50 pm

I first noticed there was a little oil around 2000 miles then it began to drip on my garage floor at about 2600 miles.


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