Trainee Sport Tourer
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Hudson Valley, NY
Fork seals and oil weight??
Last weekend I opened the forks, drained and refilled with 20w oil. Didnt take the springs out, just pulled them off the bike and opened the top. Did the refill to within 10mm of the top with the forks compressed.
So today went to get inspection sticker (NYS) and failed with a fork seal leak - right side. There is a very slight film on the fork tube for about an inch right above the seal. I dont think I overfilled with oil, but if I did, would that cause it to escape past the seal. And if it did, would that cause the seal to fail. (There was no sign of seal failure when I opened up the forks to begin with.
My local shop wants $200 parts and labor. I think I should drain out a little fluid, clean it off very well, and run it in a few miles. If it is leaking it should show up right away. Any thoughts, or prior experience with something like this.
2005 FJR1300 Galaxy Blue