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post #1 of 16 Old 04-11-2018, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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Fork seals again

Suspension felt a little weird today and looked down to find this.





All after 2500 mile but there 6+ inches of snow coming so I guess I have some time to fix it.

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The forks get shiny with all that oil on the don't they?
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Rancho fork boots will stop that problem.
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Before you change the seal get a seal doctor and give them a clean, most times there is no physical problem with the seal there is just crud caught under the seating surface but do check for pits in the fork tube and clean them up if required.

Before you put the outer dust cover back into place get one of the green kitchen scourer, cut a strip off one edge. wrap it around the inner tube and put the cover back in place.

Depending on the type of ridding you do change it out every 3 to 6 months.

You should never see another seal leak as it cleans the fork tube and collects the crud before it can reach the seal.
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Camera film used to work great for cleaning seals...

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Had to clean mine last summer, used a plastic milk carton and cut it in the shape of the tool mentioned above. Worked the shiz!

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Before you change the seal get a seal doctor and give them a clean, most times there is no physical problem with the seal there is just crud caught under the seating surface but do check for pits in the fork tube and clean them up if required.

Before you put the outer dust cover back into place get one of the green kitchen scourer, cut a strip off one edge. wrap it around the inner tube and put the cover back in place.

Depending on the type of ridding you do change it out every 3 to 6 months.

You should never see another seal leak as it cleans the fork tube and collects the crud before it can reach the seal.

It is sadly beyond cleaning. It failed pretty catastrophically. I might even need to replace the brake pad on the that side. Enough oil came out that is ran down the whole lower tube.



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Rancho fork boots will stop that problem.
I've been meaning to get some. I can't even tell what really happened. There didn't seem to be anything under the dust seal. The grease that was left over from installation was perfectly clean. I kinda think seal was just defective.

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Glad this popped up when it did.
Working on a buddies bike and it had a little sheen on fork, installed fork brace and it started dripping.
Fortunately I had calipers already moved as I was running Galfers lines so no fluid on brakes.
So I'm replacing seals and thought that seal doctor is sweet and would piss off my wife!
So Got it on order for future use
Also ordered Rancho shock boots to try and help prevent future leaks, but threatened him I was ordering the boots in Dildo pink

SO here is my question.
Do you see any long term issue with the green scrubby pad being inside the upper portion of the fork?
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Mike for many years I used sponge rubber soaked in fork oil under the dust cover to help keep things clean on all my bikes (dirt & road), it worked great on dirt, mud and dust but dried up bugs were still a problem so I tried the scourer a year or so back and the results have been great.

With the V2 having upside down forks and fork guards I did not think the scourer would be required but I was wrong, I got a leak, the Dr and scourer took care of it.

I will continue to use it until it stops working or I think of something that I think may work better.

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