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post #1 of 5 Old 07-21-2019, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Front fork seal leak

stopped at the dealership yesterday. spotted 2017 V Strom 650 on the floor. wanted to check out how is the front suspension on this model comparing to the set I have on my 2015 (upgraded). pushed it down couple of times and was completely surprised how soft it is. asked the salesperson few questions about the bike. just 7000km on it. came back to the bike and noticed some oil on one of the front forks leg. looked down at the floor and couldn't believe my eyes - small paddle of oil on it. I've owned few V Stroms and some of them with over 50000km (30000miles) and never had a problem with leaking fork seal. and here is a 2 years old, with low mileage and leaking fork seal. have any of you experienced this on bike with such a low mileage? any suggestion about the reason of it (whatever it might be)?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-21-2019, 05:53 AM
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Rather ask what would course a fork seal to leak... my guess, anything from dust / dried insects / pitting on the fork inners, riding style off-road / bad road surfaces, hard front-end braking, damage while changing fork oil, etc.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-21-2019, 08:51 AM
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A 2017 was built in 2016, so the bike is 3 yrs old. Even with low mileage the rubber could be getting hard.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-21-2019, 09:38 AM
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Could be that the seal(s) were defective from the factory. Or that for some reason the fork seals were changed and either not seated properly or damaged during re-assembly. I haven't done a fork seal replacement for over 25 years (sheesh, time flies) but Leak-Proof fork seals were anything but. They went about 2500 miles before one started leaking. The OEM seals were cheaper and held up.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-21-2019, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Are they under factory warranty?
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