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post #11 of 16 Old 09-25-2013, 09:44 AM
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"easier to buy" Right! Just ask the auto parts guy for fork oil. He looks like a cow looking at a new gate.

Anyone recommend where to buy fork seals?
I got my fork seals from Motosport.com. You have a choice of All Balls or OEM. I ordered both and just did receive my order so I haven't had time to evaluate which one I will use. I also got new fork bushings. I also use synthetic ATF.

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I got my fork seals from Motosport.com. You have a choice of All Balls or OEM. I ordered both and just did receive my order so I haven't had time to evaluate which one I will use. I also got new fork bushings. I also use synthetic ATF.
The last set of All Balls fork seals that I saw were VERY similar to Leak Proof brand seals. AKA no metal spring, and "Leak Prone." I would fit either OEM or Parts Unlimited seals with a true metal spring. I've installed probably 300 sets of Parts Unlimited seals and have yet to have one come back due to a premature leak. OEM is always your best bet, but most people don't want to pay the OEM premium.

Can you post a picture of the All Balls seals that you ordered? I'm interested to see if they have changed their seal design.

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The last set of All Balls fork seals that I saw were VERY similar to Leak Proof brand seals. AKA no metal spring, and "Leak Prone." I would fit either OEM or Parts Unlimited seals with a true metal spring. I've installed probably 300 sets of Parts Unlimited seals and have yet to have one come back due to a premature leak. OEM is always your best bet, but most people don't want to pay the OEM premium.

Can you post a picture of the All Balls seals that you ordered? I'm interested to see if they have changed their seal design.
I'm leaving for vacation, but as soon as I get back I'll be changing the seals and will post some pictures. Thanks for the heads up on the All Balls. FYI - my OEM seals are not leaking but I'm going in there to replace the bushings and that dust cover is all weather checked so I thought I'd just replace that and the seals too.

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For OEM parts I've used Xtreme Powersports lately, they have the same prices as cheap cycle parts, but they ship USPS Priority for "free". So, its a slightly better deal on smaller orders.

I recently ordered the oil seals and the dust seals for the DL1000. I going to put new springs in and figured it was a good time to do new fork seals. My used bike was leaking a good bit, I cleaned them with good results. About 90% of the leaking stopped but the right leg is a bit too wet still.

I've used both ATF and fork oil, either works if you don't need a heavier oil. You can also use hydraulic oils, Hyguard etc. I went with PJ 10 wt this time since I was ordering parts anyway.
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I would only go with OEM fork seals.
For whatever reason, they have less stiction than aftermarket.
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The last set of All Balls fork seals that I saw were VERY similar to Leak Proof brand seals. AKA no metal spring, and "Leak Prone."

Can you post a picture of the All Balls seals that you ordered? I'm interested to see if they have changed their seal design.
I bought a set of All Balls seals (Ebay) that included oil and dust seals because I needed to replace the dust seals and the kit cost about the same a one OEM dust seal. I didn't replace the oil seals, but the dust seals were fine, if a bit shorter than OEM. The oil seals do have metal springs in them, 2 springs in each seal.
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