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Front fork leak

Hello, it's been a long time since i posted something here, but it's never too late.

My V has 22.250km on the clock, and few weeks ago I noticed the oil leak at the front right fork leg. It happened just when it had passed the date of two-year warranty, and I was mad about it. Anyway, it will be repaired tomorrow, both fork legs will be taken apart, serviced, and oil will be changed with a 15W fork oil instead of 10W.
I'm not sure what parts will be changed, the guy at the service area thinks it just a damaged dust seal. Hope it will not cost too much.

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You might just get away with just some seal if you dint have any failure on the fork.

and keep us posted on your repair work and bill.
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there shouldn't be any failure except maybe o-ring and dust seal, because the bike was never hit and the fork couldn't be damaged in such a way. i am giving it away tomorrow morning and picking it up tomorrow afternoon, so i will keep you posted about the repair and the final cost. for what i know right now is the price of fork oil (motul 15W) and dust seals - total of cca 30€ + 3 or 4 working hours... the bill should come to a total of about 80€ (at leat I was told so)

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there shouldn't be any failure except maybe o-ring and dust seal, because the bike was never hit and the fork couldn't be damaged in such a way. i am giving it away tomorrow morning and picking it up tomorrow afternoon, so i will keep you posted about the repair and the final cost. for what i know right now is the price of fork oil (motul 15W) and dust seals - total of cca 30 + 3 or 4 working hours... the bill should come to a total of about 80 (at leat I was told so)
Thanks and good of you to share the info here.
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It will be more than a dust seal ... if it is leaking ... It should take a qualified tech no more than 2 hrs to replace both seals with the proper tools. I recently had my forks off to alter my oil viscosity ... and raise the the oil level 1/2 inch on both sides ... I went with a 50/50 mixture of ATF and 15wt oil ... I am very pleased with the results ... good feel and fork action ... without making the forks to harsh ... by raising the oil level ... the forks also resist bottoming much better ...

oil = 50/50 ATF/15wt oil

right leg = oil 2.5 inches from top
Left leg = oil 2.1 inches from top

fork spring preload = half way ... 7 turns from either end

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tnx for the info on oil level, i'll talk to the man who will make the repairs about it.
i was wrong at the upper post, i was thinking about o-rings instead of dust seals.

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update:

forks repaired, bike rides a lot better. i feel cornering better and no more ugly hits on my hands while riding on bumpy road.
total cost was around 75€ (work + set of o-rings and fork oil)

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