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'16 ES fork leg is scratched

I was cleaning my '16 ES and noticed scratching on the right fork leg. Scratches are only visible with bike on the centerstand. They appear to have been caused by something abrasive in the fork seal/bushing area. No sign of the seal leaking. Has anyone else noticed this problem? Haven't taken it in to the dealer yet. Thnx.

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Got a pic?
Is it the outer tube or inner?

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Unable to get a good pic of it. The scratches are in the chrome surface of the inner tube.

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If you can't feel them with a fingernail, not much to worry about. One can polish them smooth with say 900 or finer crocus cloth or such. Clean off any dust afterwards of course.. you can also slide down the dust seal and clear out any dust you see in there, which may be the cause of light scratches.

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Hard to advise without knowing the depth of scratches. Can you snag a fingernail on them or are they shallow surface abrasions. Either one is not desirable but the deeper the worse. Not much that I am aware can be done to remedy something of that nature besides replacement. Whether that is warranted depends on the severity of the scratches.

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900 grit will not polish, it may remove the scratches but you need to go on to 1200, 1500 and possibly 2000 and 2500 grits, You start to see a shine at 3000 grit where you can go on to metal polish.
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If you can't feel it with your fingernail, don't worry about it.
I polish out scratches with a fine sharpening block but I usually do it with the fork disassembled. If you want to polish out the scratches in situ, do as raesewell does.

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I can't feel anything with my fingernail. Will try to get a pic, but the scratches are difficult to see. First noticed them as a dark spot on the chrome. In strong natural light with the viewing angle just right, they show as dark marks. Shining a flashlight on them, they appear as blue marks. Guess I won't worry too much. Will keep an eye on them to make sure they don't get worse. As a side note, has anyone had the ES forks apart yet? If so, how do they differ from conventional forks? Thnx.

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I have had three sets apart.... you need special tools. However, how many miles? The ones I had apart had 50k and looked like new, including the oil. There's no aluminum to rub on so the oil stays clean.

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I was cleaning my '16 ES and noticed scratching on the right fork leg. Scratches are only visible with bike on the centerstand. They appear to have been caused by something abrasive in the fork seal/bushing area. No sign of the seal leaking. Has anyone else noticed this problem? Haven't taken it in to the dealer yet. Thnx.
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