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post #1 of 9 Old 01-24-2018, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Cotton in fork seals???

Hi friends! My new to me Glee has leaky fork seals, and when I took my Sealmate to them today, it hung up on something big under the dust seal. As I pulled it out, it looked like a large chunk of cotton or some other similar substance. Is this normal? Do these fork seals use something similar, or did a previous owner perhaps try a trick to stop the leaking? I was very confused, as I've never seen anything like it before. I ended up ruining my tool trying to remove the chunk of stuff.

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I always slide the dust seal up the fork tubes before using the Seal Mate. Iím not aware of a cotton substance unless itís part of the dust seal.
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Not OEM. It sounds like the seller did it to disguise the problem.
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That's what I was thinking, Pat. I've ordered new seals and some new fork oil for good measure.

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Look Black Labs cover on how to do the job. It is a great illustrated guide and takes some of the mystery out of the task.
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-25-2018, 12:31 PM
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Could have been used to mask a seal leak or just to work as an extra dust seal to protect the oil seal.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-25-2018, 06:56 PM
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Just a comment, if there's more than 60,000k's on the bike the internal bearing surfaces need replacing as well. Pig of a job , but if you have the forks apart anyway you may as well do the sliders as well.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-26-2018, 09:51 PM
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i had a left side puker and replaced the seal and dust cover and it's all good now. That was at 80+K miles.
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My honda v65 sabre had felt washers under the rubber dust seal, stock. I don't think that's stock on the vstrom, however.
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