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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-12-2020, 05:21 PM
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Doesn't quite work that way with a scratched fork. A fork can develop a leak at the most inopportune time. The scratch takes a while to damage the oil seal. Kinda like riding around with a nail in your tire. It might not leak right now but there is a good chance it will leak when you least want it to leak.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-13-2020, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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The bike only has 15K miles. Good to know they don't need serviced as often as conventional forks. Since I can't feel them, I will just monitor for now. Thnx for all your input.

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-14-2020, 03:07 AM
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Hi Dravnx

My point was that if the OP can't feel the scratch, and needs to look at it in a certain light to even see it, then it's not going to be a problem, and certainly not something that would need aggressive polishing to sort out. The thought of using abrasives anywhere near a seal makes my blood run cold. If it don't leak now, it will after you "polish" it.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-14-2020, 09:22 PM
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Suspension places offer services of straightening tubes and polishing, but hafta remember, the forks are completely apart at that point. Agree that if it takes a certain light to see it, then best leave it. Kinda sorta like swirl marks in your paint job....

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