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Offline Rictus

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fork seals.
« on: Jun 08, 2019, 12:25 AM »
I've a slight weep from my righthand fork seal, i mean very slight, but as MOT time is soon approaching thought I'd address it, first off I'm going to try my "seal buddy", i've used it on other bikes before with good results, but you do run the risk of making things worse.

If that doesn't work then I'll replace both sides, not having done the seals on the Versys before anything out of the ordinary I should be aware of ?

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Re: fork seals.
« Reply #1 on: Jun 08, 2019, 12:52 AM »

 I use my thinnest feeler gauge for the same thing and not yet made things worse. Did it just yesterday on the Mk1 and put the better part of 500 km on it today on mixed pavement, both forks dry as a bone.

 Not aware of anything out of the ordinary on the Versys seal change. I shop the job out but have watched several times and not heard techs grumbling or exclaiming.

 Rob.
« Last Edit: Jun 08, 2019, 12:54 AM by uralrob »
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Re: fork seals.
« Reply #2 on: Jun 08, 2019, 08:51 PM »
I made a fork seal scraper out of a plastic cup when the T800's fork seal when when i was on the IVM in Colorado last year  :033:

Sorted it no problem  :028: :028:



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Re: fork seals.
« Reply #3 on: Jun 08, 2019, 10:49 PM »
Is the idea with these makeshift fork seal tools, to run the tool in between the slider and the dust seal and oil seal to try and get it to reseat? I have a leaking fork seal, i will remove the fork leg and take to a shop to have them replace the seal, i dont fancy the job at home, i will get him to do both sides and change the grade of oil at the same time. But if something like this might help in the mean time???
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Re: fork seals.
« Reply #4 on: Jun 09, 2019, 01:31 AM »


 Yup, it will probably help.

 Pry the dust seal down gently. Sometimes fingers will do it, sometimes gentle use of a flat blade screw driver is necessary.
With the dust seal down and out of the way clean out the space between the oil seal and the end of the outer fork then slide the instrument of your choice between the inner fork leg and the leaking oil seal and carefully it work it around the entire circumference of the fork. This cleans out any bits of dirt between the lip of the seal and the inner fork. Much easier if the fender is off.

 This is often good for 000s of km.

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Re: fork seals.
« Reply #5 on: Jun 09, 2019, 06:25 PM »
took me about ten minutes to do both sides, needed pumping a half dozen times, but it's done the trick, got 100 on the motorway tomorrow, so that should show any issue. (Oh and  Rob's right, take the mudguard off).

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Re: fork seals.
« Reply #6 on: Jun 09, 2019, 09:40 PM »
*Originally Posted by TowerMan [+]
I made a fork seal scraper out of a plastic cup when the T800's fork seal when when i was on the IVM in Colorado last year  :033:



Yeah made my own, but couldn't find it at some point so bought one a few years back, was about 4.

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Re: fork seals.
« Reply #7 on: Jun 14, 2019, 06:19 PM »
I would use a piece of 35mm film negative before digital cameras.
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Re: fork seals.
« Reply #8 on: Jun 14, 2019, 06:25 PM »
*Originally Posted by klekid [+]
I would use a piece of 35mm film negative before digital cameras.
Worth a go, to see how it developes.😎