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Fork Oil Leaking

2.5 years old 14.6K miles and the Right fork tube is leaking oil.

Anyone else have/had a similar situation?

Got max length extended warranty (to 10-15) so i'd assume it ought to be covered.

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I would guess that a leaking fork seal is not covered under a warranty. It is considered a wear item.
There is a good chance that there is an easy fix though.
It could be that a piece of grit just got past the wiper and is causing the seal to leak. This thing can help you out-
http://sealmate.net/
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Motion Pro's Seal Mate would be a great $5 tool... I fixed a fork oil leak on a KTM Adventure 640 last week with the camera film trick, same idea as the Seal Mate. Fork oil will leak as you're using the tool to clean the oil seal, until you remove it. This further helps to rinse out the oil seal.

You can pop off and lower the fork's dust seal first with flat screwdriver to access the oil seal... You can then also clean and add grease to inside of dust seal before popping it back on to help catch dust and protect the oil seal.

Adding the correct amount of oil to replace what leaked out may be tricky... Best to change the oil in both forks after leak is fixed, and refill to proper level with clean new fluid. I changed my fork oil every 5000 miles, and it always comes out pretty dirty.

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Thanks for that information guys, very helpful.
Makes perfect sense.

On a different warranty note.
A "defective" seal would have been covered,
but grit/dirt caused leakage and dealer cleaning would cost out-o-pocket.
I ordered the Seal Mate, I'll give that a try
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Thumbs up

http://sealmate.net/product_of_the_year.html

Where did you order it from, and for how much? I didn't know they made such a tool yet, to improve on the old camera film technique... Most have digital cameras only now anyway.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SealMate-Too...6eb1f2&vxp=mtr

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35mm film is STILL available. Buy a roll of 12, and you're set.

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At 14,000mi its time to service the forks anyway. On low mileage seals the seal toos/film work good. But on seals like yours that are very worn its time to replace them.
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Wear----sure you will get wear and also pick up many small items that you can barely see. Anything that makes it past the wipers and gets caught in the seal will cause a small oil leak

It is bad enough just riding on the road with the USD Forks just hanging out there in the breeze, seals exposed to the conditions, and all of that trash and other stuff we see on the side of the road.

And especially if you take your V off the pavement where more dust & dirt & grit, and rocks too

SO...do like those guys above said, 35mm film, or that fancy SealMate.
And use it regularly too. Do not wait until you discover a leak.
Dust will build up, and once it does, dust attracts more dust, which attracts more......well, you just gotta keep it clean like an air filter or a chain.
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...SO...do like those guys above said, 35mm film, or that fancy SealMate.
And use it regularly too. Do not wait until you discover a leak.
Dust will build up, and once it does, dust attracts more dust, which attracts more......well, you just gotta keep it clean like an air filter or a chain.
And you just GOTTA trust a guy who has a handle like "DustyOne"....

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And you just GOTTA trust a guy who has a handle like "DustyOne"....
hey eddie.....I figured that you would like my chain comment

for the record, that complete handle would be "The Old DustyOne"
and yes, there is a story behind that

question for you, when you take off north, how long of a period will we be without your graces?
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...question for you, when you take off north, how long of a period will we be without your graces?
No idea. First trip up (in '04) was 19 days; second (in '07) was about 14 days; and the third (in '09) was 30 or 31 (depends on HOW you count). Won't know till I get back.

My buddy is coming from Laramie, WY, and we'll... see...! He has an '08 V, but suspect he'll be on his GS1200. I'll take a FEW pics for all you "inmates"!



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